Linfield Reports, 9/26/11


“Wine Wars: A Tale of Curses, Miracles and Revenge” will be the focus of a lecture by Mike Veseth, an economist, author, and editor or co-author of more than a dozen books.

The lecture will be Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall. It is free and sponsored by the Departments of Business and Economics and the Linfield Center for the Northwest.

Veseth is the Robert G. Albertson Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. He is the author of Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck and the Revenge of the Terroirists. The book tells the story of the war between the market trends that are redrawing the world wine map and the terroirists who resist them. Wine and the wine business are at a critical crossroad today, transformed by three powerful forces.

Veseth also writes a well-known wine blog, The Wine Economist, (, described as a cross between the Wine Spectator and the Economist, which analyzes and interprets today’s global wine markets. Veseth reviews books, offers commentary on topics such as “natural vs. authentic wine” and biodynamic viticulture, wine tourism and a variety of other topics.

Lettie Teague of the Wall Street Journal wrote, “Of all the wine blogs in the wide, wide blogosphere, one that I look forward to reading the most is Mike Veseth’s Wine Economist. There’s nothing else quite like it….As of this month, Professor Veseth’s thoughts are available in long form. He’s just published a book entitled Wine Wars in which he tackles economic forces as diverse as Two Buck Chuck (he’s a fan), the oft-debated descent of ‘real’ wine into ‘McWine,’ and much else. It’s more business book than guide to wine — but students of wine as well as the economy will find much to enlighten and even entertain, thanks to Professor Veseth’s readable style.”

Veseth is also the author of Globaloney 2.0: The Crash of 2008 and the Future of Globalization, Globaloney: Unraveling the Myths of Globalization, The New York Times’ Review of the 20th Century: The Rise of the Global Economy among others.

Veseth has taught at the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (Prague, 2005, 2006) and at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna, Italy, 1997). He was academic advisor to the award-winning educational website for the PBS/WGBH series, The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy.

Veseth has received a number of teaching awards and academic honors. His book Globaloney was named a Best Business Book of 2005 by Library Journal. He was appointed to the Albertson Professorship in 2007 and named Washington Professor of the Year in 2010. Veseth has a bachelor’s from UPS and a master’s and Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University.


The Linfield Pre-Kindergarten will celebrate World Card-Making Day with a card-making workshop Saturday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. in 112 Potter Hall.

Experienced crafters will be on hand to assist participants. Samples and materials will be provided to make four cards. Cost is $10.

For more information, contact Andrea Botten, 503-435-0376,


Celebrate the reopening of T.J. Day Hall, formerly Northup Library, during a dedication ceremony Saturday, Oct. 8, at 10:30 a.m. on the south side of the building. Following a brief ceremony, the building will be open to guests to tour, enjoy refreshments, and meet with faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Both the business and English departments will hold receptions in the building. The dedication is open to the public.


Thor Hanson, author and biologist, will present a reading from his newest book, Feathers: the Evolution of a Natural Miracle, on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library.

In his book, Hanson discusses feathers from multiple perspectives and portrays them as an evolutionary marvel. He highlights the natural history of feathers, as they have been used to fly, protect, attract and decorate culture since the beginning of their existence. He will also explore what these objects mean to society.

Hanson applies the research of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers and art historians in his book. His research has made him an expert in the cultural, natural and scientific history of feathers.

Jeff Baker of The Oregonian wrote “The Oregon bird-watching community will love this book, and so will anyone else interested in an object that has captured our imaginations and helped us write and fish and sleep and do just about everything but fly.”

Hanson was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides on the San Juan Islands with his wife and son. In addition to writing books, Hanson works as a conservation biologist and is a member of the Human Ecosystems Study Group. His efforts in conservation have taken him from Uganda to Alaska and Central America to Tanzania. His first book, The Impenetrable Forest: My Gorilla Years in Uganda, earned him the 2008 USA Book News Award for nature writing.

The reading is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information contact Susan Barnes Whyte at or 503-883-2517.


The 2010-11 President’s Annual Report is now available online. It records Linfield’s recent successes, includes a programmatic and financial overview of the last fiscal year, and offers four stories on members of the Linfield community including Patrick Cottrell, assistant professor of political science; Janet Sasaki ’02, assistant director of admission; Susan (Maben) Davis ’83; and Beau Slayton ’11. The link is


“Out of Language,” the work of Atlanta artists Josh Smith and Jenene Nagy, will be on display through Oct. 1 at The Linfield Gallery, in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center.

“Out of Language” is a two-person exhibition featuring works by Smith and Nagy. Exploring ideas of the unknown, duality and structure, this effort is a result of two artists working in close proximity for three years. This exhibition is the first time Smith and Nagy have exhibited together. Along with singular works by each artist, “Out of Language” also features the duo’s first collaborative piece.

Smith was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1975, and studied at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Since 2005 he has shown his work locally and internationally in solo and group efforts. Selected exhibitions include Contemporary Craft Museum, Portland; Manuel Izquierdo Gallery, Pacific NW College of Art, Portland; K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, Texas; and Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India. Additionally, Smith is one half of the independent curatorial team TILT Export.

Nagy is an Oregon-based visual artist living and working in Portland and in Atlanta. She received her BFA from the University of Arizona in 1998 and her MFA from the University of Oregon in 2004. Nagy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Portland Art Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany, and Dam Stuhltrager in N.Y., among others. Along with a rigorous studio practice, Nagy is one half of the independent curatorial team TILT Export: and currently serves as Disjecta’s first curator-in-residence.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 503-883-2804.


David Sumner, associate professor of English and director of the Writing Center, will address the topic of banned books and censorship Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at the McMinnville Public Library. His talk is part of the Freedom to Read Presentation celebrating Banned Books Week.



11:30 a.m.: German conversation table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Japanese language table, Walker Japanese classroom


11:20 a.m.: Voices SOAN, Dillin

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Northwest Christian


11:30 a.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

11:50 a.m.: VOICES Soan table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: “Wine Wars: A Tale of Curses, Miracles and Revenge” by Mike Veseth, 222 T.J. Day


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


Today and tomorrow: Women’s golf at Whitman Invitational

9 a.m.: Cross country at Willamette Open

Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Whitman

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Whitman

4 p.m.: Football at Willamette

3 p.m.: Linfield Pre-K card-making workshop, 112 Potter

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Pacific


Today and tomorrow: Men’s golf at Whitworth Invitational

Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Whitworth

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Whitworth