Linfield Reports, 9/6/16

Intel engineer to offer perspective on technology

Linfield College students walkingThe challenges of thoughtfully navigating an increasingly digital world will be the focus of an upcoming lecture and lunch event at Linfield College.

Tony Salvador, senior principal engineer at Intel Corporation, will present “What to Think About” on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College. The lecture will launch this year’s campus-wide theme for the Program for the Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE): The Digital Society.

Earlier that day, at 12:15 in the Dillin NW Alcove, Salvador will also be featured at Lunch On Us for a vibrant discussion about careers and connecting people with technologies. Students are invited to get insights, learn about career paths and be inspired. Lunch On Us, sponsored by the Career Center, is an informal meal that connects students to professionals to learn about career paths and tips specific to their area of interest. Students may RSVP to or on Cat Connect.

Salvador has spent 20 years thinking about the interplay of people and technology, researching and working in dozens of countries. With stories and analysis, he will offer thoughts about an increasingly digital world.

Salvador directs research in the Experience Insights Lab within Intel. His team’s role is to identify new, strategic opportunities for the company based on an understanding of global socio-cultural values. Salvador received his bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology from Franklin & Marshall College and earned a Ph.D. in human factors and experimental psychology at Tufts University.

The lecture is related to Linfield’s common read, “The Circle,” by Dave Eggers. All first-year students read the book over the summer, and it will serve as a centerpiece for discussions and special programs throughout the year for the college’s PLACE initiative. The two-year PLACE theme for 2016-18, The Digital Society, will explore digital technology’s effects on society from a wide range of perspectives. Linfield will focus on The Digital Self this academic year, and The Digital Citizen during the next.

“The talk will offer us an informed, refreshing perspective on how technology shapes us as individuals and as a society, and show how we can be thoughtful about its effects,” said Susan Currie Sivek, associate professor of mass communication and PLACE director.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by PLACE and Academic Affairs. For more information, call 503-883-2521.


Linfield Gallery hosts Oregon contemporary art exhibit

Donald Morgan art, Portland2016 Biennial of Contemporary ArtThe “Portland2016 Biennial of Contemporary Art,” a groundbreaking collaborative exhibition, is on display now through Sept. 18 at the Linfield Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center.

A reception featuring two of the Portland2016 Biennial artists, Donald Morgan (Eugene) and Rebecca Peel (Portland), will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1-5 p.m. with wine and light refreshments in the Linfield Gallery.

Curated by Michelle Grabner, this year’s Portland2016 Biennial showcases 34 artists at 25 venues in 13 communities across the state, making it the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Oregon art. The two-month project is led by the Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland.

The Portland2016 Biennial will reflect Grabner’s investigation into regionalism, or how an artist’s specific geography and culture manifest in their creative works. In a broader sense, the exhibit will examine how individual and local relations impact the global art community as a whole.

“We’ve always imagined the Biennial as a statewide event — a way to encourage cultural exchange,” says Disjecta Director Bryan Suereth. “Michelle’s interest in geographic proclivities made this an opportune year to expand the footprint of the exhibition. It serves a dual purpose; while celebrating the great art being made throughout the state, it also elevates the unique landscapes and communities of Oregon.”

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 at


Pollack-Pelzner to present lecture on rebirth of romantic comedy

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, EnglishShakespeare Scholar Daniel Pollack-Pelzner will present “Shakespeare’s Bad Bromance” on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

Pollack-Pelzner, the Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies and associate professor of English at Linfield, will explore the rebirth of romantic comedy in the 1590s. He will discuss the tension between male bonds and heterosexual marriage, concerning “Much Ado About Nothing,” together with Keanu Reeves, Katharine Hepburn, Silicon Valley, PTSD, illustrated sex organs and Nut & Honey Crunch.

Pollack-Pelzner joined the Linfield faculty in 2010 and teaches courses on Shakespeare and early modern drama that focus on the intersections of gender, genre and performance. He also teaches a range of topics in British literary history and offers a January-term course on contemporary theatre through the Portland campus. He lectures frequently at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is scholar-in-residence at the Portland Shakespeare Project. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard where he helped to edit the Norton edition of Shakespeare’s complete works. He taught previously at Harvard, and the American School of Paris. He trained at Yale University as a Shakespearean actor and is the recipient of a Graves Award for outstanding teaching in the humanities.

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 invited to Fiesta Latina

Fiesta Latina, guitarLinfield College will host Fiesta Latina, a celebration of Hispanic culture, on Saturday, Sept. 17, from noon to 3 p.m. on the Intramural Field and in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall at Linfield.

Activities will include food, games, piñatas, crafts and a children’s area with face painting and games. The event is a celebration of national Hispanic Heritage Month. In addition to free food provided to the first 200 people, there will be shaved ice, cotton candy and sweets for all.

The event is free and open to the community, and 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 503-883-2574,


Constitution Day lecture scheduled at Linfield

Jonathan WeilerUniversity of North Carolina Chapel Hill professor Jonathan Weiler will present “Worlds Apart: authoritarianism and American political divisions on the eve of the 2016 election” at the Constitution Day lecture on Monday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

The talk will explore the roots of the current divisions between political parties and consider how the impasse might be broken.

Weiler received his Ph.D. in political science from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he is senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in the Curriculum in Global Studies. He has written three books: “A Darker Side of Reform: Human Rights in Russia” with Marc Hetherington; “Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics,” which won the 2016 Philip Converse Award given yearly to a book that has made a lasting impact in political science; and “Divorce: A Love Story,” which was co-written with his former wife, Anne Menkens.

Funding for this project was provided by the John Templeton Foundation through a grant from the Institute for Humane Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, chair and associate professor of political science, 503-883-2246,


Wilkins to present new collection ‘When We Were Birds’

Joe Wilkins, associate professor of EnglishJoe Wilkins, associate professor of English at Linfield College, will read from his latest work on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield.

Wilkins will present his new book of poems, “When We Were Birds.” In this collection, he wrestles his attention away from the grief, deprivations and high prairies of his Montana childhood. He turns instead toward “the bean-rusted fields and gutted factories of the Midwest” — toward ordinary injustice and everyday sadness, toward the imminent birth of his son and his own confusions in taking up the mantle of fatherhood, toward faith and grace, legacy and luck.

Wilkins is the author of a memoir, “The Mountain and the Fathers,” which won a GLCA New Writers Award in 2014, as well as two previous books of poetry, “Notes from the Journey Westward” and “Killing the Murnion Dogs.” “When We Were Birds” was selected by former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series.

This reading, part of the “Readings at the Nick” series, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517,


Community news

Kathleen Spring, collections management librarian, was recognized as a 2016 IR All-Star by bepress, an institutional repository software vendor. Spring was recognized for her work at Linfield, including building DigitalCommons@Linfield into a vibrant hub of Linfield scholarship.

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, the Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies and associate professor of English, wrote an article about new history plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, “American Playwrights Try to Reinvent the History Play” which ran in the New Yorker. He was also featured on OPB’s Think Out Loud, discussing the New Yorker article and Shakespeare’s history plays.

Tania Carrasquillo Hernández, assistant professor of Spanish, presented her scholarly work  “Zona de Carga y Descarga: cuerpos de desafíos y encuentros literarios” at the 8th International CEISAL Conference: A Post-Hegemonic Era-Society, Culture and Politics in Latin America at the Instituto de Iberoamérica of the University of Salamanca, Spain.

Nursing Professors Henny Breen and Kim Kintz presented at The Nursing & Midwifery Contribution towards Global Health 2030 World Health Organization conference this summer in Glasgow, Scotland. They presented research findings from a study, “Cross-Cultural Service Learning – Enhancing Student Perceptions of Nursing Practice and Career Goals,” based on a 2016 January Term course in Peru.

Jan Selliken, professor of nursing, has been invited by the Canadian Naturopathic Association to speak on Midwife to the Dying. Her presentation is on end-of-life spirituality and the use of Physician Orders of Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST).

Michael Crosser, associate professor of physics, and Christopher Gaiser, professor of biology and associate dean of faculty, launched CrissCrossing Science. The podcast series is targeted toward listeners who are interested in science, but not experts in the field. Listen to a podcast and submit suggestions for future podcasts.


Campus calendar


Noon: Study abroad fair, Fred Meyer Lounge

12:15 p.m.: Lunch On Us featuring Tony Salvador, senior principal engineer at Intel Corporation, Dillin NW Alcove

7 p.m.: Tony Salvador, senior principal engineer at Intel Corporation, “What to Think About,” Ice Auditorium


2 p.m.: Volleyball at TLU Bulldog Classic (Howard Payne)

3 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Northwest Christian

5 p.m.: Volleyball at TLU Bulldog Classic (Schreiner)

5:15 p.m.: Cross country at WOU Ash Creek Invitational


Today and tomorrow: Women’s golf at PLU Invitational

9 a.m.: Volleyball at TLU Bulldog Classic (Texas Lutheran)

11 a.m.: Volleyball at TLU Bulldog Classic (Hardin-Simmons)

Noon: Football vs. Chapman

1 p.m.: “Portland2016 Biennial of Contemporary Art” reception, Linfield Gallery, James F. Miller Fine Arts Center.

1 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Southern Oregon

3 p.m.: Women’s soccer vs. Northwest


5 p.m.: Women’s soccer vs. Corban