Linfield Reports, 9/7/10


Korean history specialist Mark Caprio, professor at Rikkyo University in Japan, will present a lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

His talk, “Integrating Alien Peoples into Expanding Empires: Western Influence on Japanese Assimilation Policy, 1870-1945,” will explore the colonial policy of assimilation in the early 1870s.

Caprio will discuss the evolution of colonial assimilation in Japan’s modern history during the bakumatsu period (1854-1868) and reign of the Meiji Emperor (1868-1910) and the influence of the Western example on Japan’s administrative decisions. He will also explore the question of assimilation’s postwar legacy and consider the coincidence that three of the bloodiest post-World War II battlegrounds – Korea, Algeria and Vietnam – were territories that endured intrusive assimilation policies over their decades of colonial rule. Caprio is the author of “Japanese Assimilation Policies in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945.”

For more information, call the Linfield International Programs Office, 503-883-2222.


Hillary Crane, assistant professor of anthropology, will present “Relatively Female: The Gender Identities of Taiwanese Buddhist Nuns” on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Crane will talk about her ethnographic field research with Taiwanese Buddhist nuns who claim that now that they have renounced the world and become nuns, they are becoming men. Her research has been conducted over multiple years and in multiple sites in Taiwan – primarily at a large, co-ed mountain monastery where she lived and worked for an extended period.

In describing their gender transformation, Taiwanese Buddhist nuns explain that the sex of the body is a product of one’s karma and that a masculine body is a sign of better karma, Crane said. To model their own transformations, they draw on several examples from Buddhist literature of stories in which women suddenly become men, illustrating their advanced spiritual state. They believe this transformation can happen suddenly in one lifetime or over the course of many. They also draw on what historians have labeled a ‘correlative gender model’ in which gender is derived more from one’s role in relationships to others than on the sex of one’s body.

After several years away – in New England earning a Ph.D. in anthropology at Brown University and in Taiwan conducting research – Crane returned to the Northwest and began working at Linfield in 2007.

For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Lyle Denniston, a journalist who has covered the U.S. Supreme Court for more than 50 years, will speak on “The Future of the Supreme Court: Mirror of the Past?” Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

His lecture is in recognition of Constitution Day on Sept. 17. During his visit he will speak to classes and other interested groups on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 16 and 17.

Denniston has been a working journalist for 62 years and covered the Supreme Court for the past 52 years. He has covered one of every four justices ever to sit on the court, and has covered the entire careers of 10 of the 112 justices who have served. He has covered the court for The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, The Washington Star and The Wall Street Journal. He remains active reporting for an Internet-based clearing house of information about the Supreme Court’s work – the Web log known as “SCOTUSblog.” He also reports for WBUR, an NPR affiliate in Boston.

He currently serves as moderator at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, for programs on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Constitution. He is a consultant and participant in the annual Supreme Court Term Preview at the College of William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Va., and has participated in seminars at the Center on the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange County, Va.

Denniston is the author of The Reporter and The Law: Techniques of Covering the Courts, a standard manual used in newsrooms and in academic journalism throughout the nation. He has contributed a chapter in the just-published book, A Good Quarrel, on arguments before the Supreme Court. He has published widely in periodicals and newsletters, and is a frequent lecturer. In 2005 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and has an MA degree from Georgetown University in political science and American history.

For more information, contact Brad Thompson, 503-883-2291, or Nick Buccola, 503-883-2246.


Linfield College students will open the 2010-11 theatre season with the annual student icebreaker featuring two plays: Dutchman by LeRoi Jones and a short scene from The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler.

The plays will be presented Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 16-18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

Dutchman will be directed by Will DeBiccari, a 2010 graduate. The Obie Award-winning play was the first of Jones’ successes, and the cause of his critical acclaim. The plot revolves around a lascivious blond who tries every vulgar way she knows to pick up and seduce a naive bourgeois black youth, in a subway car. Failing, she resorts to humiliating him. This breaks the facade of his decency, as he descends to her level for a spitfire fight and decrees that murder of the whites by the blacks “would make us all sane.”

The Vagina Monologues, an Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone, introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices. A scene from the full play will be presented and is directed by senior Steven Stewart.

“Ensler breaks taboos by talking, talking and talking some more-stripping fear and shame from what she celebrates here. It makes for quite a party. Funny, outrageous, emotionally affecting, and occasionally angry… The Vagina Monologues confront words to demystify and disarm them. In so doing, Ensler disarms the audience too.” – Associated Press.

These plays may not be suitable for all audiences and contain mature language and subject matter.

Tickets are all $5 and seating is general admission. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Tickets are available on the web at, by phone, or in person at the Marshall Theatre Box Office in the lobby of Ford Hall. The box office is open Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. For more information, call 503-883-2292.


The work of Kartz Ucci, “Like Smoke and Holy Water,” will be on exhibit through Oct. 9 at the Fine Art Gallery.

Ucci’s work is produced with the medium that best conveys its conceptual content and is actualized through light, sound, video, performance, photography and text.

A central metaphor is the location of desire and the pursuit of happiness, and she has an unabashed interest in the romantic. Language theory and philosophy inform her creative approach and her subject matter is often determined by her physical surroundings.

Ucci’s work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia and North America. She also works in independent film production. Upcoming exhibitions include OPTICA in Canada and Portland 2010. Ucci teaches art at the University of Oregon.

For more information, call 503-883-2804.


The Oregon Cultural Trust will sponsor Oregon Days of Culture Oct. 1-8. Organizers will highlight cultural events such as lectures, concerts and exhibits held during the week. To enter an event in the online calendar, go to and click on “register to submit your event.”


Over the past four years the Linfield College community has logged over 8,500 miles by bike during the month of September. The Linfield Bicycle Cooperative would like to encourage the Linfield Community to consider commuting by alternative modes of transportation during the month of September.

The start of the academic year coincides with the annual Bicycle Commute Challenge organized by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance The BCC is an annual competition between schools, businesses and organizations to promote bicycle commuting. If you already commute by bike or want to try it out, join the Linfield College team at If you are already a member, continue logging your commutes using last year’s username and password.

For more information, contact Jeff McNamee, 503-883-2604,


Lex Runciman, professor of English, was featured in The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic at Stonehenge Studios/Ross Island Café in August. His newest collection of poems is Starting from Anywhere (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2009).



Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Mark Caprio, “Integrating Alien Peoples into Expanding Empires: Western Influence on Japanese Assimilation Policy, 1870-1945,” 201 Riley Hall

7 p.m.: Women’s soccer vs. Warner Pacific


Today and tomorrow: Volleyball at Colorado College Invitational

7 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Corban


10 a.m.: Cross country at Lewis & Clark Invitational

1 p.m.: Football at Cal Lutheran

6 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Concordia