Spring lectures 2012

Pioneer HallLinfield College will host a number of speakers on campus this spring.


Ericksen Lecture — Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Austin Reading Room

Richard W. Etulain, professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico, will present “Wallace Stegner: Wise Man of the American West,” Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library. It is sponsored through the Donna and Kenneth Ericksen English Endowment.

Leonard Pitts — Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., Ice Auditorium

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts will present “Owning What You Know,” a lecture about “truthiness” in the media, Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College. Since 1994, Pitts has penned a syndicated column of commentary on pop culture, social issues and family life. His book, “Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood,” was released in May 1999 and was reissued in paperback in June 2006. His critically-acclaimed first novel, “Before I Forget,” was released in 2009 and a collection of his columns, “Forward From This Moment,” was published that same year. The lecture, held in honor of Black History Month, is free and open to the public, and sponsored by Nicholson Library, the Department of Mass Communications, President’s Office, Student Affairs and Multicultural Programs. For more information, call 503-883-2202.

Jane Claire Dirks Edmunds Ecology Lecture — Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m., Ice Auditorium

Richard H. Waring, distinguished professor of forest ecology (emeritus) at Oregon State University, will speak on forest ecology Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. The lecture is sponsored through the Jane Claire Dirks Edmunds Endowment. For more information, call 503-883-2221.

Woodrow Wilson Fellow — Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Ice Auditorium

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the eldest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, is an attorney and author. She will visit Linfield College for a week as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and will deliver a public lecture Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. For more information, call 503-883-2202.

Edith Green Endowed Lecture — Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Pioneer Hall Reading Room

Grant Miller, assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, will speak on “Women’s Suffrage, Political Responsiveness and Child Survival in American History” Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Hall Reading Room as part of Women’s History Month. It is sponsored through the Edith Green Endowed Lecture Funds. For more information, call 503-883-2202.

Global Health — Monday, March 19, Mercy Corps Headquarters, Portland

“Global Health: Challenges and Promises in Preventing Infectious Diseases,” will feature Julie McElrath, co-director of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and Ken Stuart, president and founder of Seattle Biomedical Research Institute. For more information go to www.linfield.edu/globalhealth or send a message to alumniPDX@linfield.edu.

Steine Jonasson Lecture — Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Ice Auditorium

Samuel Yamashita, Henry E. Sheffield professor of history at Pomona College, will speak on “Everyday Life in Wartime Japan, 1942-1945” Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. Yamashita is currently working on a history of everyday life in wartime Japan. His translations of eight of the diaries he collected appear in “Leaves from an Autumn of Emergencies: Selections from the Wartime Diaries of Ordinary Japanese.” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored through the Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lecture. For more information, call 503-883-2479.

Edith Green Lecture — Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Ice Auditorium

David Wolman, author, award-winning journalist and a contributing editor for Wired Magazine, will speak on “Digital Dissidents: Inside Egypt’s Youth Movement, 2008-2012” Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield College. Two and half years before there was anything called the “Arab Spring,” Wired contributing editor David Wolman traveled to Egypt to research and write about tech-savvy dissidents protesting against the Mubarak regime. Those same activists went on to play a central role in organizing the revolution that began on January 25, 2011. Wolman will share stories about his reporting, both from 2008 and during two trips in 2011, and discuss the role of social media in recent uprisings from Cairo to California. It is sponsored by the Edith Green Lectureship and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dawn Nowacki, 503-883-2276.

Oregon Nobel Laureate Symposium — Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., Ice Auditorium

Eric Maskin, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 2007, will be the keynote speaker at the Oregon Nobel Laureate Symposium at Linfield College. He will be on campus from April 25-28. He will give a public lecture Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. Maskim currently holds an endowed chair as professor of social science with the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. For more information, call 503-883-2202.

MacReads — Monday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Nicholson Library

Author Molly Gloss will discuss and read from her book, The Jump-Off Creek, Monday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library as part of the MacReads community-wide book reading and discussion that culminates with a presentation by the author. The event is sponsored by Linfield College, Third Street Books and the McMinnville Public Library. For more information, call 503-883-2517.

*Changes sometimes occur in events. We encourage you to confirm date, time and location on the Linfield events calendar. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. For more information, call 503-883-2498.