Linfield Reports, 9/3/13


Linfield GalleryLinfield Gallery will host an artist talk followed by a reception for internationally known artist Hsueh Wei on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m., in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian Bull Music Center. The talk is in conjunction with Wei’s exhibit, which will run through Oct. 5 in the Linfield Gallery.

The exhibition will host four series by Wei that explore Eastern and Western cultural paradigms. In the project “Transparent or Not” and in the pieces “Oceanic Advertisement” and “Spirited Frame of Mind for Everyday Travel,” Wei uses visual culture as a tool to explore Eastern and Western cultural paradigms, and photography as a tool to understand representation, subjectivity, collective expression, individual choice and freedom within a global context.

Wei’s most recent project, “Cuppings Anonymous,” is a series of portraits of sitters’ backs showing marks resulting from Chinese cupping therapy, which Wei administered. The process and imagery of this project explores ideas of trust, vulnerability, openness, trauma and healing.

Wei was born and raised in Taiwan by Chinese immigrant parents. Her work is constructed using a variety of mediums including photography, performance, installation and sculpture. She holds a BFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA degree in Art Photography from Syracuse University. She exhibits both nationally and internationally.

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 ext. 2804.



Greg JonesGregory V. Jones, professor and research climatologist in the Department of Environmental Studies at Southern Oregon University, will give two lectures relating to the wine industry.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, he will discuss “Unraveling the Mystique of Terroir: Wine’s Sense of Place.” On Wednesday, Sept. 11, he will discuss “Climate, Grapes and Wine: Structure, Suitability and Sustainability in a Changing Climate.” Both lectures are at 7:30 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall. The lectures are sponsored by the President’s Office.

“Unraveling the Mystique of Terroir: Wine’s Sense of Place”

The first lecture will focus on ‘terroir,’ a French notion that encompasses the climate, landscape, soil and people that contribute to the growing of great grapes and the making of fine wine. Unlike most other beverages, wine has a special quality of invoking positive images of a specific place – it is the expression of the distinctiveness and individuality of a particular site, a sense of place. This talk will provide insights into what science knows about terroir and its role on wine typicity and wine styles and provide examples of different terroirs around the world, including Southern Oregon.

“Climate, Grapes and Wine: Structure, Suitability and Sustainability in a Changing Climate”

This lecture will cover how climate change has the potential to impact nearly every form of agriculture. History has shown that the narrow climatic zones for growing wine grapes are especially prone to variations in climate and long-term climate change. Projections of future warming at the global, continent and wine region scales will likely continue to have both beneficial and detrimental impacts through opening new areas to viticulture and increasing viability, or severely challenging the ability to adequately grow grapes and produce quality wine. The presentation will summarize a series of global to regional studies that examine observed climate structure, variability and trends, along with climate model projections in relation to viticultural viability and quality issues.

Jones specializes in the study of climate structure and suitability for viticulture, and how climate variability and change influence grapevine growth, wine production and quality. He holds a B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in environmental sciences with a concentration in the atmospheric sciences. He is the author of numerous book chapters, and was a contributing author to the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. He was named Oregon Wine Press’s 2009 Wine Person of the Year, and has been in the top 100 most influential people in the U.S. wine industry in 2012 and 2013 (

For more information, ext. 2220.



Honor FlightLinfield College is partnering with Providence Hospice to sponsor a screening of “Honor Flight,” a heartwarming documentary about four World War II veterans.

The film will be shown on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. in the Providence Willamette Falls Conference Center in Oregon City. A community discussion will directly follow the movie.

“Honor Flight” is the story of a Midwest community that races against the clock to fly thousands of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the National World War II Memorial constructed in 2004. Earl Morse, a physician’s assistant and retired Air Force captain, conceived the Honor Flight Network Program after working with World War II vets in a small clinic at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Honor Flight Network Program works with volunteers to help World War II veterans accomplish their dreams of seeing the memorial dedicated in their honor. In the future, the program plans to give similar opportunities to veterans from other wars.

Linfield College is a member of the Joining Forces Campaign and Providence Hospice is a partner of the We Honor Veterans Program. The event is free and open to the public, and light snacks will be provided. To register for the event, visit and search for “Honor Flight.” Tickets will be emailed. For more information, contact Twilla at Providence Hospice at 503-215-0902.



Daniel Pollack-PelznerDaniel Pollack-Pelzner, assistant professor of English, will present “Battle of the Sexes: The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed” on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Pollack-Pelzner will discuss Shakespeare’s most controversial comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. This play has intrigued audiences for 400 years with its depiction of a domineering husband who appears to tame his fiery, outspoken wife. In contrast, a recently rediscovered Renaissance sequel by John Fletcher, The Tamer Tamed, flips Shakespeare’s power dynamics upside down, presenting a wife who tames her husband instead. Drawing on his work as scholar-in-residence for the Portland Shakespeare Project, Pollack-Pelzner will explore how these plays challenge our assumptions about gender roles, Renaissance culture and the status of Shakespeare in today’s society.

Pollack-Pelzner received his bachelor’s from Yale University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he helped to edit the new Norton edition of Shakespeare’s complete works. He has published and lectured widely on Shakespeare and British literature. He is currently completing a book on Shakespeare and the Victorian novel. His four-part series on The Taming of the Shrew appeared on Oregon Arts Watch this summer. He was a visiting scholar at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this past summer.

For more information, contact, ext. 2409.



Elizabeth HillmanElizabeth Hillman of University of California Hastings College of Law will deliver the 2013 Constitution Day lecture on the Constitution and executive power in times of war Thursday, Sept. 19, at noon in 201 Riley Hall. The lecture is titled “FDR, Obama & How Presidents Drop Bombs.”

Hillman is a distinguished scholar and award-winning teacher. In addition, she is president of the National Institute of Military Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting fairness in and public understanding of military justice worldwide, and is co-legal director of the Palm Center, a public policy research institute that played a key role in ending the “don’t ask/don’t tell” policy of discriminating against gay men and lesbians in the U.S. armed forces. She has published two books, “Military Justice Cases and Materials” with Eugene R. Fidell and Dwight H. Sullivan “Defending America: Military Culture and the Cold War Court-Martial,” and many articles, the most recent a chapter titled “Sexual Violence in State Militaries” in Prosecuting International Sex Crimes (Forum for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law, 2012). Her current research concerns the law and politics of aerial bombing and military sexual violence.

Lunch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at 11:45 a.m. and the lecture will begin at noon. This event is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact, ext. 2246.



Bradass87, Linfield TheatreClaire Lebowitz and Jerry Goralnick of The Living Theatre Workshops, along with a cast of Linfield College students, will present the “Legacies of War Onstage in Three Acts” on Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

The “Legacies of War Onstage in Three Acts” will include “Bradass87,” “No Sir!” and a guided discussion about the legacies of war. Lebowitz and Goralnick will be in residence working with Linfield students from Sept. 16-21.

“Bradass87,” a compelling political drama created by Lebowitz, explores the motivations of WikiLeaks whistleblower, Private First Class Bradley Manning. This play has been composed from chat logs of Manning’s own words, trial transcripts and journalistic interviews. Set in solitary confinement at Quantico Marine Corp Brig and on the Internet, “Bradass87” also examines freedom of the press in the U.S.

“No Sir!” depicts the controversial topic of military recruitment in protest of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is presented in front of a commercial made by the U.S. government for military recruitment and was originally performed as street theatre on the giant screen at the armed forces recruitment station in Times Square. The discussion “Legacies of War: A Dialogue” will conclude the production.

This production is a Linfield PLACE (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement) event and sponsored by The Lacroute Art Series and The Linfield Theatre. The Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor.

Tickets are $5 and will go on sale Monday, Sept. 16. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at, by phone and at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 3-5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. For more information, call ext. 2292 or go to



The Princeton ReviewLinfield College was named one of the region’s top schools by The Princeton Review and recognized for academic strength, sense of community and study abroad programs.

Linfield was one of 125 colleges chosen for the “Best in the West” section of the website feature, “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The ratings were based on institutional data, independent student surveys, campus visits and reports from high school counselors across the nation. Only 25 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges were named “Regional Best” colleges.

According to students, Linfield provides a well-rounded education, studious atmosphere and excellent support base for pursuing academic interests. Professors are “engaging, informative and approachable” and the low student-to-faculty ratio allows students to maintain good relationships with professors. Students said the college provides a personalized education and has the “students’ best interests in mind.”

Earlier this year, Linfield was featured in the 2013 Guide to Green Colleges, also published by The Princeton Review. The guide profiles 322 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada that have an outstanding commitment to sustainable practices including public and private, and undergraduate and graduate institutions.



Linfield CollegeBahram Refaei, Kathleen Spring and Barbara Valentine led a transition in the library this summer. Linfield Search has replaced Linfield WorldCat on the library web pages as the place to get books, articles and more. Linfield migrated to a new library system as part of a project with 37 Orbis Cascade libraries to enhance the research experience for students and faculty and better manage resources. Linfield was among the first group to make the transition, and improvements will continue this year.

Liz Obert, associate professor of art, was one of only 15 photographers who received an honorable mention in the Photo Center NW 18th Annual Photo Competition (“Musings”) for the photographic diptych Brian from her recent body of work Dualities. Her photo was one of 75 selected out of 455 artists (and over 2,500 images).

Anne Girardelli, assistant director of registration and records on the Portland Campus, was named the recipient of the Bob Tufts Rising Star award by the Oregon Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. The award is presented annually to one member who has been in the profession for five years or less and has made a significant contribution to the profession.

Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, has been elected to the board of directors for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA).

Lisa Burch, former director of student services, has been named assistant dean of students/director of student life.

Josh Merrick has been selected as the new assistant director of student life/residential experiences.

Michael Reyes’ position has been changed to director of inclusion and access.

Ryen McGrath is the new student life administrative assistant.




Noon: American sign language table, Dillin


Noon: German language table, Dillin

6 p.m.: Hsueh Wei artist talk and opening reception, Delkin Recital Hall


Noon: Japanese language table, Dillin


3 p.m.: Volleyball at Occidental

5 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Oregon Tech

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Redlands


10 a.m.: Cross country vs. Linfield Harrier Classic

11:30 a.m.: Volleyball at Chapman

2 p.m.: Volleyball at Cal Lutheran

8 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Walla Walla