Linfield Reports, 9/23/13


Nagasaki bombA group of Hiroshima survivors and peace ambassadors representing the World Friendship Center in Japan will present a lecture and meet with students at Linfield College during an upcoming visit to Oregon.

The World Friendship Center Peace Ambassador Exchange Team will present “Voices from Hiroshima: The Atomic Bomb and Legacies of War” on Monday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The team, made up of 16 people including translators, will tell their stories of survival, hope and the rebuilding of Hiroshima after the atomic bombing in 1945. In addition to relating personal survival stories, group members will discuss the rebuilding of Hiroshima as a city of peace and nuclear issues, both past and present. The ambassadors will also discuss various features of Japanese culture such as the tea ceremony, Koto music, peace choir, flower arranging, decorative food carving, the ancient art of calligraphy and Sumi-e painting.

The Peace Ambassador Team will travel through Portland, Newberg, McMinnville, Amity, Sheridan and Salem from Sept. 18-23. The World Friendship Center of Hiroshima was founded 48 years ago to work toward world peace and eliminate nuclear weapons.

The event is sponsored and coordinated by JoAnn Sims, Linfield adjunct professor, and Larry Sims, honorary Linfield trustee, and the Linfield PLACE program (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement). For more information, contact Patrick Cottrell,



Max McCombsMaxwell McCombs, internationally recognized for his research on the agenda-setting role of the news media, will speak on “Shaping the Foundations of Public Opinion,” on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m., in 201 Riley Hall.

McCombs will trace the evolution of agenda-setting research and theory development over the past 45 years, from the first study in 1968 through current applications of the theory, including three levels of agenda setting, the psychology of agenda setting, consequences of agenda setting on attitudes, opinions and behavior, and sources of the media agenda.

McCombs, along with colleague Donald Shaw, coined the term “agenda setting” in a 1968 study to describe the role of the news media in shaping what the public views as important. In his lecture, McCombs will trace the evolution of agenda-setting theory and research over the past 45 years. Since his groundbreaking research, published in “Public Opinion Quarterly” in 1972, more than 500 studies of agenda setting have been conducted worldwide, including many by McCombs.

Maxwell McCombs has been instrumental in the growth of the field of mass communication scholarship, both as a scholar and mentor, and has been called “a living legend” by his peers.

McCombs, the author of numerous books and countless journal articles, published “Setting the Agenda: The Mass Media and Public Opinion” in 2004. The book organizes the vast literature on agenda setting into five ongoing phases of research that explain the central role of the mass media in the formation of public opinion. The book has been translated into seven languages, and an updated, second edition is due out in March 2014.

McCombs retired from the faculty of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 as the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Chair in Communication. He continues to conduct mass-communication research, often collaborating with other scholars around the world. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield College Departments of Mass Communication, Political Science, and Theatre and Communication Arts and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Lisa Weidman, ext. 2219,



Dawn Nowacki, professor of political scienceLinfield College Professor Dawn Nowacki will present “Religious Construction of ‘The Enemy’: Lessons for the Present from Medieval Spain” on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 11:30 a.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Nowacki, the Elizabeth and Morris Glicksman chair of Political Science, will discuss the consequences of the social construction of ‘the enemy’ in religious terms in late medieval Spain with reference to parallels in the contemporary U.S. The lecture will also touch upon the influence of Muslim rule throughout Spain and the formation of the early modern Spanish state around a unified identity that centered upon the ethnic cleansing of Jews and Muslims.

The lecture is sponsored by the Political Science Department and the International Programs Office. For more information, contact ext. 2222 or



Linfield CollegeThe Oregon Guitar Quartet will give a special performance for the Music Cultures of the World class taught by Faun Tiedge Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 1:10 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall. The OGQ will preview their new “world tour” CD with repertoire inspired by folk or classical traditional music from Japan, Java, China, Russia, Greece, Catalonia, Zimbabwe, Argentina and Mexico.

This concert is open to the college community. For more information, call ext. 2275.





English Professor Joe WilkinsJoe Wilkins, Linfield College’s new associate professor of English, will read from his award-winning memoir, “The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry,” Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

“The Mountain and the Fathers,” published by Counterpoint Press, depicts life in the eastern Montana badlands, a wasteland that forms the people who live there and tends to not let them go. Wilkins’ memoir was named a Montana Book Award Honor Book in 2012, as well as an Orion magazine Book Award finalist in 2013.

Wilkins, who teaches creative writing at Linfield, is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry and has had stories, poems and essays appear in numerous magazines and literary journals, on top of writing his memoir.

Wilkins, born and raised in eastern Montana, now lives in McMinnville with his wife and two children. He holds a master’s in creative writing from the University of Idaho, and a bachelor’s in engineering from Gonzaga University.

The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517.



Albert Kim, assistant professor of musicAlbert Kim, assistant professor of music at Linfield College, will present a recital on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

Kim, who joined the Linfield music faculty this fall, will present a solo program featuring Sergei Prokofiev’s “Eighth Sonata,” the scherzos of Frédéric Chopin and his own transcription of Maurice Ravel’s “La Valse.” At age ten, he made his public performance debut on one day’s notice when he substituted for an ailing Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall. Since then he has performed solo throughout the U.S. and Europe and at chamber music recitals.

During the 1998-99 concert season, Kim was selected by Carnegie Hall to participate in the European Concert Hall Organization’s “Rising Stars” program. He is active as a composer and arranger, with an original song cycle and a piano-contrabass arrangement of Piazzolla tangos and a publication of his new solo piano transcription of Ravel’s “La Valse.” A dedicated chamber musician, Kim has performed in the chamber music master classes of Robert Levin and Menahem Pressler and coached with Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma and others. He is the winner of the 2008 concerto competition and performed Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 with the Eastman Philharmonia.

He holds a bachelor’s of arts in music from Harvard University and a master’s in music from the Eastman School of Music, where he also just completed the requirements for the D.M.A.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music. For more information, call ext. 2275 or go to



Hispanic Heritage DayLinfield College will host the sixth annual Hispanic Heritage Day Saturday, Sept. 28, from 2-5:30 p.m. on the intramural field.

Activities include food, games, music, dancing, piñatas and face painting. The event is a celebration of September as Hispanic Heritage Month.

The event is sponsored by Linfield College Latinos Adelante, MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán), the Spanish Club and the Multicultural Programs Office. For more information, contact Jason Rodriquez at ext. 2574,



Jack Boas, adjunct professor of history, will present “Networking Exile: German Émigré Writers and the Netherlands, 1933-1940” in a conference at the University of Vermont Sept. 26-29.

David Sumner, associate professor of English, will present “Brother Against Brother: Pragmatism, Civility and the Civil War” on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. at McMenamins Hotel Oregon, sponsored by McMinnville City Club.

Thanks to Nicholas Buccola, associate professor of political science, Linfield College is the recipient of $2,000 from the Jack Miller Center to support the Constitution Day lecture titled “FDR, Obama & How Presidents Drop Bombs” by Elizabeth Hillman of University of California Hastings College of Law. This lecture is part of a series of year-long program of the activities of the Douglass Forum for Law, Rights, and Justice and the Legacies of War theme for PLACE (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement). Buccola also successfully applied to be a Summer Scholar at the NEH-funded summer seminar on Transcendentalism and Social Action in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau and Fuller in Concord, Massachusetts.

The Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing received its fifth New Careers in Nursing grant ($80,000) supporting a scholarship program implemented by Beverly Epeneter, interim associate dean of nursing, Michael Reyes Andrillon, director of inclusion and access, and Araceli Ortiz, scholarship outreach coordinator. These scholarships are awarded to students with bachelor’s degrees pursuing a second degree through Linfield’s accelerated nursing program.

Brenda DeVore Marshall, professor of theatre and communications arts, received $5,000 from the Oregon Cultural Trust for the project Launching Through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City. The grant supports the digitization of oral histories and archival work related to the history of the dory fleet. Project collaborators include Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts, Kathleen Spring, Digital Commons coordinator, and Rachael Woody, archivist. This grant was leveraged to secure an additional $5,000 from an individual donor.

The William G. Gilmore Foundation awarded a grant of $100,000 to partially fund The Dave Hansen Chair in Economics in honor of emeritus professor of economics and former dean of students, Dave Hansen, and to support the growing demand for economics courses taught by professors Randy Grant, Eric Schuck, and Jeff Summers.




Noon: French table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: “Voices from Hiroshima: The Atomic Bomb and Legacies of War,” Ice


Noon: American sign language table, Dillin

11:30 a.m.: Dawn Nowacki, “Religious Construction of ‘The Enemy’: Lessons for the Present from Medieval Spain,” Jonasson

1:10 p.m.: Meet the Musicians — Oregon Guitar Quartet, Delkin

5:30 p.m.: Maxwell McCombs, “Shaping the Foundations of Public Opinion,” 201 Riley


Noon: German language table, Dillin


Noon: Japanese language table, Dillin

11:50 a.m.: Voices, SOAN table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Joe Wilkins, “The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry,” Nicholson


7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Willamette


Today and tomorrow: Women’s golf at PLU Invitational

Today and tomorrow: Men’s golf at Culturame Classic

9 a.m.: Football at Case Western (noon EST)

Noon: Women’s soccer at Whitworth

2 p.m.: Hispanic Heritage Day, IM field

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Pacific Lutheran

7 p.m.: Albert Kim recital, Ice

7 p.m.: Volley vs. Lewis & Clark


Noon: Women’s soccer at Whitman

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Puget Sound