Linfield Reports, 9/24/12


A discussion of modern day pirates and international politics will be held Monday, Sept. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall, part of the Pizza and Politics series.

Mark Nance, assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University, will present “David beats Goliath Again: How modern day ‘pirates’ beat the world’s most powerful navies and what it teaches us about international politics.”

The problem of maritime piracy highlights several puzzles. How are out-of-work fishermen in dinghies (pirates) taking over oil tankers? Why do people choose to engage in such risky careers? Why are they so hard to stop? And why aren’t we doing more? Maritime piracy is a serious threat to mariners, commercial shipping and regional stability more broadly. It also is a useful case study of the interdependency that characterizes the world today. This talk seeks to explain a bit more about the practical side of maritime piracy (how it works, why it’s hard to stop) and then use those insights to think more about international politics in an interconnected world.

Nance teaches international political economy and European politics and conducts research focusing on the impact of non-binding international institutions, particularly in international economic cooperation. His current work includes projects on the development of international anti-money laundering standards, patterns of international cooperation in the prevention of maritime piracy, public opinion regarding free trade, and the politics of industry bailouts.

Free pizza will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is sponsored by PLACE, the political science department and the international relations major. For more information, contact Pat Cottrell,


James Miller, chair of liberal studies and professor of politics at the New School for Social Research, will speak on “Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche” Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in the Nicholson Library.

Miller’s lecture will be based on his latest book, Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche, in which he explores the lives of 12 great philosophers and reconstructs their answers to life’s most fundamental questions.

Miller, who received his Ph.D. in the history of ideas from Brandeis University, is the author of five other books, Flowers in the Dustbin: the Rise of Rock & Roll, 1947-1977, winner of an ASCAP-Deems Taylor award and a Ralph Gleason BMI award for best music book of 1999; The Passion of Michel Foucault, an interpretive essay on the life of the French philosopher and a National Book Critics Circle Finalist for General Nonfiction, which has been translated into nine languages: ’Democracy is in the Streets’: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago, an account of the American student movement of the 1960s, also a National Book Critics Circle Finalist for General Nonfiction and recently recommended by Michael Kazin as one of the five essential books to understand the roots of the Occupy Wall Street movement; Rousseau: Dreamer of Democracy, a study of the origins of modern democracy; and History and Human Existence – From Marx to Merleau-Ponty, an analysis of Marx and the French existentialists.

The debate is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, launched by the Department of Political Science to provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the public to participate in discussions of the rule of law, individual rights and competing conceptions of justice.

For more information, contact Nick Buccola, 503-883-2246,


The Career Development Office is hosting a series of programs this week surrounding internships and post-graduate opportunities.

• Internship Fair — Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2-4 p.m., Fred Meyer Lounge. Recruiters from companies and non-profit organizations will be on campus to talk to students about internships within their organizations.

• Peace Corps information session — Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m., 220 Walker. The presentation will cover the application process, the selection and assignment process and personal experiences from service. All majors are welcome.

• JET program information session — Thursday, Sept. 27, 3 p.m., 304 Walker. Learn about working as an English Language assistant in Japan through this program sponsored by the Japanese government.

• Summer intern presentations — Friday, Sept. 28, 12:30 p.m., Dillin West Wing. Hear final presentations from students who completed elective internships this summer.


The Mayan calendar and indigenous prophecies will be featured in an upcoming theatre production, B’aktun 13, performed by Teatro Milagro of Miracle Theatre.

The performance, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, will be Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m., in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

B’aktun 13, written by Dañel Malán and directed by Matthew B. Zrebski, is an original, bilingual Miracle Theatre production. Swept up in an immigration raid and deported to Mexico, Rio, Luz and Sal are suddenly immersed into indigenous prophecies surrounding B’aktun 13, the final era in the Mayan calendar. In the Yucatan, they encounter Mayan deities Ixchel, goddess of water and moon, and Ahpuch, god of death, who lead the trio deeper into a mythological universe. Time revolves like a Mayan calendar as each must face the consequences of their pasts.

Following the performance, a discussion will be held to focus on the issue of The Art and Social Change illustrated in this production. The Miracle Theatre Group has been performing on the West Coast since its incorporation as a nonprofit organization in 1985. The organization’s outreach and performances give voice to issues affecting the local and national Hispanic community. Miracle Theatre also collaborates with local and regional human and social service agencies to address important issues impacting health, education and cultural sensitivity.

Cast members include Malán as well as Daniel Moreno, performer and workshop instructor; Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi, performer and workshop instructor; and Linfield alumna Tricia Castañeda-Gonzales, performer and workshop instructor. Castañeda-Gonzales is a 2009 Linfield graduate and earned her degree in theatre arts. The 2012 tour of B’aktun 13 is sponsored by the Oregon Arts Commission, Juan Young Trust, Bloomfield Family Foundation and the Ventura Group Inc.

The performance is free and seating is limited. It is sponsored by The Linfield Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, The Linfield Lacroute Art Series and Linfield Multicultural Programs. For more information, call 503-883-2802. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.


The Linfield College Music Department will present a faculty recital featuring vocalist Natalie Gunn (pictured left) and pianist Susan McDaniel.

The performance, “High Summer Holds the Earth: a song recital celebrating the joy of life and love,” will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Gunn, an award-winning soprano and adjunct professor of music, will sing pieces by Berlioz, Britten, Mahler, Milhaud and Debussy, along with songs set to Emily Dickinson poems. She has performed with various groups including the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Portland Chamber Orchestra. She has been honored by several major artist competitions including National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award, the National Opera Association, the Metropolitan Opera National Council and the Gerda Lissner Foundation in New York City. She holds a master of music degree from Portland State University.

McDaniel, soloist and chamber musician and adjunct professor of music, has performed around the world in locations such as France, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. She received her bachelor’s degree in music from Linfield College in 1997. McDaniel has been a member of the music staff at Seattle Opera and Utah Festival Opera as well as music director and pianist for the San Diego Opera Ensemble, Off-Center Opera in Seattle and Puget Sound Concert Opera.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275.


Linfield College faculty and students who conducted summer research in Thailand will share their experiences during “In Limbo” on Monday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The talk will address governing vulnerable displaced populations in Thailand and Burma. Fleeing from political oppression, violence or lack of economic opportunity in neighboring Burma, hundreds of thousands of people have crossed into Thailand, where they live as refugees and victims. Is governance possible for those who have no state or identity?

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Department of Political Science, PLACE and the International Programs Office. For more information, call 503-883-2222.


Laura Rodgers, professor of nursing, will discuss adjustment issues for college students in an upcoming faculty lecture, “Stress, Cortisol and Adjustment Disorder Among College Students” Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Leaving the familiar environment of home and high school to attend college is a major life change for first-year college students. Yet, going to college can challenge an individual’s personal security, physical comfort and ability to enjoy activities. While all first-year students experience some stress adjusting to college life, some will develop Adjustment Disorder (AD). AD is one of the most common psychiatric diagnoses among adolescents and is often an early stage of a more serious psychiatric disorder and is also associated with suicidal thoughts. Early identification and intervention of students at risk for developing AD can lead to more timely intervention to provide relief of symptoms and possibly prevent further episodes.

Rodgers’ presentation will also include a study examining cortisol and symptoms of psychopathology in Russian and American college students. Stress can be assessed by subjective survey measures and objectively by cortisol levels. These measurements can be used to identify students who may be overwhelmed by stress. Because AD is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, implications and recommendations are provided for faculty and college counseling services to assist first-year college students as they cope with the stress of transitioning to college.

Rodgers, a former Fulbright scholar, has more than 25 years of experience in the nursing field and has taught nursing at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the U.S. and Russia while maintaining an active clinical practice as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She continues to teach and conduct research in the Russian Far East and will be a plenary speaker at an upcoming international psychology conference in Khabarovsk, Russia.

The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Chris Ballard, senior writer at Sports Illustrated, will speak about writing, sports and his new book, Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library.

Ballard’s latest book, One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, An unlikely Coach and One Magical Baseball Season, is the story of a small-town Illinois baseball team in 1971 and its Hoosiers-like run to the state finals. He examines the role teenage memories – and coaches and mentors – play in shaping lives.

In addition to reading from the book, Ballard will also discuss a range of topics including the reporting and research that go into a historical nonfiction book, what it’s like to come within one stop of the New York Times Bestseller list and the differences between literary and cinematic narrative.

Ballard has been with Sports Illustrated since 2000, covering basketball and baseball and has written 20 cover stories. His work has been included in the Best American Sports Writing series. In addition, he was one of five 2012 finalists for a National Magazine award, received a National Headliner Award, was the winner of The Joanie Award in 2011, and his 2010 story, “Magical A Season of the Macon Ironmen,” was included in the notables section of the BASW anthology. He has published three other books, Hoops Nation, which was named to Booklists’ Top Ten Sports Books of the Year, The Butterfly Hunter and The Art of a Beautiful Game.

Ballard’s work has also appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and New York Times Magazine. He earned his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and his graduate degree from Columbia University.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Departments of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, English, Mass Communication and Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, 503-883-2517,


Victoria E. Bynum, distinguished professor emeritus of history at Texas State University, will speak on her latest book, The Long Shadow of the Civil War, Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Hall Reading Room.

Her book is a series of uncommon narratives about common Southern men and women who did not fight for the Confederacy, but against it. It focuses on three Southern States, North Carolina, Mississippi and Texas and builds on her earlier book, The Free State of Jones, a work that has been optioned by a major Hollywood producer to be made into a film. Bynum’s lecture will seek to answer the extent of union support among common Southern folk during the war, how they fared and the legacies of the Civil War and the reconstruction for class and race relations then and now.

Bynum has a Ph.D. in American history from the University of California at San Diego. She spent most of her academic career at TSU. For the past 25 years, her research and teaching interests have centered on gender, class and race relations in the nineteenth-century U.S. South. She has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships and is the author of several scholarship articles and anthology essays. She is the author of two additional books, “The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, and “Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South.”

For more information, contact Peter Buckingham, 503-883-2479,


Gregg Andrews, distinguished professor emeritus of history at Texas State University, will speak on his latest book, Thyra J. Edwards: Black Activists in the Global Freedom Struggle, Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored through the Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lectureship.

Andrews’ lecture will focus on his biography of Thrya J. Edwards, a woman who in 1938 was called the embodiment of the spirit of Afraamerican womanhood. She was a lecturer, writer, social worker, labor organizer, advocate of women’s rights and, above all, a civil rights activist. While she achieved international celebrity, Edwards’ life received little attention from historians until Andrews’ biographical study.

Andrews is a labor historian whose awards include a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and an Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Teaching Fellowship in the Humanities. In addition to having published several articles and anthology essays, he is the author of three scholarly books, two of which have won national awards. His books are: “Shoulder to Shoulder? The American Federation of Labor, the United States, and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1924,” “Insane Sisters: Or, the Price Paid for Challenging a Company Town” and “City of Dust: A Cement Company Town in the Land of Tom Sawyer.”

Andrews, who is also a published singer-songwriter and assistant editor of the Journal of Texas Music History, uses public performances, classrooms and scholarship to integrate music and history. He is currently working on a book on Texas labor and working-class culture during the Great Depression. His current work includes a study of black longshoremen in the Galveston strike of 1920, and of the larger struggle of black trade unionists against racial segregation and discriminatory practices in the Texas State Federation of Labor.

Andrews has a Ph.D. in American labor history from Northern Illinois University. He spent most of his academic career in the Department of History at Texas State University.

The Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lectureship at Linfield honors Jonasson, professor emeritus of history, who was associated with Linfield for more than 60 years before his death in 1997. The endowment is used to bring in distinguished scholars and speakers in the area of history. Jonasson held the unofficial title of Linfield historian and wrote “Bricks Without Straw,” a history of the college.

For more information, contact Peter Buckingham, 503-883-2479,


Lex Runciman, professor of English, has recently published a poem, “Musa Qala,” in the online journal New Verse News and a book review, “On Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees,” in Hubbub, Vol. 28, 2012.



4:30 p.m.: Mark Nance, Pizza and Politics, 219 Day


7:30 p.m.: James Miller, “Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche,” Nicholson


Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

2 p.m.: Internship fair, Fred Meyer Lounge

3:30 p.m.: Japanese conversation table, 304 Walker

4:30 p.m.: Peace Corps information session, 220 Walker

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Pacific


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

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

1 p.m.: Men’s golf at Linfield Invitational

3 p.m.: Jet program information session, 304 Walker


Noon: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

12:30 p.m.: Summer intern presentations, Dillin West Wing

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Colorado College

7:30 p.m.: “B’aktun 13,” performed by Teatro Milagro of Miracle Theatre, Marshall Theatre


9 a.m.: Cross country at Willamette Open

Noon: Women’s soccer at Willamette

12:30 p.m.: Football at Pacific Lutheran

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. George Fox

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Puget Sound


Noon: Women’s soccer at Lewis & Clark

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Pacific