Linfield Reports, 9/5/17

Linfield welcomed community for eclipse viewing

Linfield College Oak GroveLinfield College went dark Monday, Aug. 21, at 10:15:56.5 a.m. during the solar eclipse, and more than 2,000 people were on campus to watch. 

The college, located in the “path of totality,” hosted a free community event on Linfield’s McMinnville Campus to celebrate the eclipse. The gathering was held in the Oak Grove near historic Pioneer Hall, and guests were invited to bring camping chairs or blankets. 

Linfield College distributed free commemorative eclipse viewing glasses. Prior to the eclipse, Michael Crosser, professor of physics and chair of the physics department, presented an eclipse talk at 8:30 a.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. Crosser and Christopher  Gaiser, professor of biology, emceed the event in the Oak Grove and answered questions. They are the hosts of the podcast “crisscrossing Science.” 

Linfield Gallery hosts two new exhibitions

Linfield College is pleased to present exhibitions of newly created work by Scott Ross and Lucas Coffin. 

In the Linfield Gallery, Ross has created a site-specific installation, Present Tense, that addresses themes of compression, pressure, and the duality of familiar/unfamiliar.  Present Tense will be on view through Oct. 7.  

Coffin’s work, The Winnower, is an experimental media piece exploring the power of relationships between materials, people and communication. The Winnower will be on view in the Nils Lou Gallery through Sept. 9. 

Ross, assistant professor of sculpture at Linfield, is building a dynamic sculpture area at Linfield College with course offerings in metal fabrication, large scale/public sculpture, casting and a digital fabrication/3D print lab.   

Coffin is a multi-media artist from the St. Louis Missouri Metropolitan area. He received his master’s in visual arts from the University of California San Diego. He has shown his work nationally and he is currently employed by the Visual Art Department at UCSD as the Instructional Media Specialist. There, he aids students and faculty through production and post-production audiovisual technologies in gallery exhibitions, classrooms and individual art practices. 

All exhibits are free and open to the public. 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 or visit Linfield Gallery . 

 “Bird Nerd” Noah Stryker to speak on campus

Noah Stryker, author“Bird nerd” and Oregonian Noah Stryker, author of The Thing with Feathers, will speak about his new book, Birding without Borders, on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. in Nicholson Library at Linfield College. Stryker will talk about his experience as the first person to see more than half the planet’s bird population in a single, yearlong, round-the-world trip in 2015.  

His presentation is co-hosted by the McMinnville Public Library, Third Street Books and Nicholson Library. For more information, call 503-472-7786 or e-mail                      

Common ground focus of faculty lecture

Kaarina Beam, assistant professor of philosophy at Linfield College, will present “Is Truth Dead?: Fact You!” on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall at Linfield.  

The talk explores the nature of truth, truth-seeking education and the philosophy underlying an educational search for truth in a pluralistic world. Daily reports of hostile confrontation, fake news, alternative facts, ad hominem attacks and increasing tribalism are distressing. But those divisions also indicate something good about our democratic system.  

Public discourse is increasingly polarizing and unproductive. Is there a common ground upon which we can build discourse and seek a common public good? To what can we appeal for common ground? Do we appeal to truth or power? Philosophers have traditionally sought truth to legitimate power and parsed education as a search for truth. But, as Alasdair MacIntyre asked, Whose truth? Which rationality?  

Beam, at Linfield since 1999, received her undergraduate degree from Bellarmine College and her master’s and doctorate from Purdue University.  

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month. For more information, call 503-883-2409.                 

Community news

Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English, has new fiction appearing in The Georgia Review and new poetry in Willow SpringsBig Sky Journal and About Place. His work is also featured on The Sun magazine’s new digital archive 

Andrea Reinkemeyer, assistant professor of music composition and theory, will be on tour performing her piece “Saturation” for soprano saxophone and piano. Reinkemeyer will be touring Indiana and Michigan in the beginning of September, but will bring the piece to Linfield College on Sept. 24 in Delkin Recital Hall.  

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, professor of English, will be leading a sold-out Delve seminar on “War, Memory, Imperialism: The Works of Viet Thanh Ngueyen.”  

Michael Huntsberger, associate professor of mass communication, traveled to Orangeburg, N.Y., to visit the site of the former Camp Shanks army installation on the Hudson River. The local paper, Our Town, covered the visit.  

Tanya Tompkins, professor of psychology, disagrees with House Bill 3355, which would allow Oregon psychologists to prescribe medications. She outlined why in an editorial in the Oregonian as well as on Think Out Loud on Oregon Public Broadcasting.  

Chris Keaveney, professor of Japanese, read from his poetry as part of the Salem Poetry project July 13 

Jackie Webb, associate professor of nursing, was profiled for Minority Nurse, as was Keondra Rustan, visiting assistant professor of nursing.

Michael Crosser, professor of physics and chair of the physics department, was on hand for KOIN 6 to interview about the solar eclipse this August.

Events calendars

View the Linfield events calendar or the Linfield athletics calendar.