Linfield Reports 10/9/17

Runciman, Wrigley to read work at “Readings at the Nick”

Lex Runciman, professor of EnglishTwo award-winning poets will read from their works as part of an ongoing series of readings at Linfield College.  

Lex Runciman and Robert Wrigley will read on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library. This reading is part of the “Readings at the Nick” series at Linfield.  

Runciman, the first in his family to graduate from college, has published four college textbooks, two anthologies and six collections of poems, including “The Admirations,” which won the Oregon Book Award. His book of new and selected poems, “Salt Moon: Poems 1981-2016,” was published in 2017. His work has appeared in such magazines and journals as Ploughshares, Southern Review, Northwest Review and The Gettysburg Review.  

Wrigley, the first male for generations to escape work in a coal mine, was also the first in his family to graduate from college. Wrigley earned his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied alongside Runciman. His collections of poetry include “Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems,” winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award; “Beautiful Country; Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems;” “Lives of the Animals,” winner of the Poets Prize; “Reign of Snakes,” winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award; and “In the Bank of Beautiful Sins,” winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award and finalist for the Lenore Marshall Award from the Academy of American Poets.  

The reading 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,  

Environmental film festival at Linfield examines climate change and more

Four films in four evenings, but all have one shared theme – the struggle to save the environment.  

Four evenings of environmental films followed by panel discussions with a variety of professors and community members will be held Oct 11-14 at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Hall Reading Room at Linfield College.  

“Awake” will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 11. This film captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed how we fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. 

“Sustainable” will be shown Thursday, Oct. 12. This film is an investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face – soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use – to the community of leaders determined to fix it. “Sustainable” is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations. 

“Before the Flood” will be shown Friday, Oct. 13. This film follows the story of a United Nations Messenger of Peace, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, as he travels to five continents and the Arctic in order to see climate change firsthand. On his journey he meets with political leaders and scientists and discovers a campaign created to downplay the urgency of the current climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news. 

“A Simpler Way” will be shown Saturday, Oct. 14. This film takes viewers to Gippsland, Australia, where residents have fully embraced the notion of a simpler existence. Part of a 12-month experiment known as “The Simpler Way Project,” the inhabitants of this community all share a commitment to social change and environmental preservation. 

The festival is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield College Sustainability Council, the Department of Environmental Studies and the Linfield College Office of Sustainability. For more information, contact Duncan Reid at 503-883-2738 or 

Constitution Day event features Cheryl Harris and Jonathan Rauch

Linfield College entryCheryl Harris, award-winning civil rights educator and author, and Jonathan Rauch, a leading commentator on American politics from the Brookings Institute and The Atlantic, will discuss equality and speech on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.  

Harris, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in civil rights and civil liberties at the University of California, Los Angeles’ law school, is one of the world’s leading scholars in the field of critical race studies. She is the author of the seminal essay, “Whiteness as Property,” and she is an award winning civil rights educator. Rauch, from the Brooking Institution and The Atlantichas established himself as a leading commentator on American politics, public policy and culture. His books on gay marriage and free speech are widely recognized as important contributions to debates in those areas.  

Both Harris and Rauch will speak independently in order to familiarize the audience with some of their views about the central questions in debate over equality and speech. They will then engage in conversation with each other before the floor is opened to comments and questions from the audience. At the conclusion of the event, there will be opportunities to continue the conversation at a reception in Jonasson Hall.  

This event is free, open to the public and co-sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement, the John Templeton Foundation, the Elliot Alexander Fund for Political Science and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Nicholas Buccola at 503-883-2246 or 

Lecture to feature Shibusawa Eiichi and the industrialization of Japan

John Sagers | Linfield CollegeFrom growing up in a farmhouse in present-day Fukaya, to opening one of the initial joint stock companies in Japan, Shibusawa Eiichi rose to power as one of the greatest players in the Japanese industrialization. 

John Sagers, professor of history and the history department chair at Linfield College, will discuss Eiichi’s rise to power and prominence during a faculty lecture, “From Farmer to Financial Giant: Shibusawa Eiichi’s Blend of Confucianism and Capitalism in the Industrialization of Japan,” on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall at Linfield. 

Eiichi (1840-1931) was one of the most important financiers and industrialists in Japan’s modern economic transformation. During his career as the head of the Dai-Ichi Bank, Eiichi helped to finance and launch modern enterprises in a variety of industries. In his speeches, however, Eiichi exhorted business leaders to follow the ethical principles contained in “The Analects of Confucius.” This lecture explores why Ei’ichi would continue to promote Confucian ideas while working to dismantle the samurai-dominated feudal social hierarchy that Japanese Confucian elites had long supported. 

Sagers’ teaching at Linfield focuses on Japan, China and East Asia. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree in Pacific international affairs from the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in East Asian History from the University of Washington. 

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

Artist Antonio Martorell presents ‘Rain/Lluvia’ at the Linfield Gallery

art by Antonio MartorellThe work of visiting artist Antonio Martorell of Puerto Rico, “Rain/Lluvia,” will be exhibited Oct. 18-Nov. 18 at Linfield Gallery.  

There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 5-7 p.m., in the Gallery and an artist talk on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.  

For Linfield Gallery, Martorell has created a new suite of works that respond to the landscape of Oregon, not as experienced by the artist, but as related to him from people who live here. “When the opportunity came my way to bring an exhibition to Oregon, a place that I had never visited before, I candidly asked: ‘¿Qué pasa en Oregon?’ (What happens in Oregon?) I received an equally candid answer: ‘It rains every day.’” 

That short summation of Oregon life sparked an instant image for the artist: the umbrella. Using the image of the umbrella as a jumping off point, Martorell has created a new body of work that includes large-scale works on paper and a site-specific installation. “I never imagined that a singular object could generate so many metaphors, become so meaningful in unsuspected ways.” 

The largest work in the exhibition is the “Umbrella Wall.” On it, foundational texts from Puerto Rico, the United States and the world survive being washed out through the presence of friends and relatives who uphold them. The work invites audiences to reflect on what it means to be a “citizen” in a new digital landscape. 

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 

Family Weekend set for Oct. 20-22 

Family Weekend 2015Linfield will host Family Weekend Oct. 20-22. Saturday events include a number of sports competitions and the following sessions: 

  • Coffee with the President and the Deans, 10 a.m., Jonasson Hall 
  • Career Development presentation, 11 a.m., Jonasson Hall 
  • Study abroad presentation, 11 a.m., 201 Riley Hall 

For more information, go to 

Linfield choral concert to celebrate fall

Linfield College choirJoin the autumn celebration of choral music as Linfield College student vocalists perform a wide selection of choral music.  

The Fall Choral Concert will be held Sunday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield. Under the direction of Anna Song, the Fall Choral Concert will feature Linfield’s Concert Choir, the Women’s Vocal Ensemble and the Wildcat Men’s Glee Club. 

The singers will perform a wide selection of choral music, including pieces by composers Mozart, Brahms, Palestrina, Britten, Schumann and Stephen Foster, as well as folk songs and music for Halloween. 

Anna Song, assistant professor of music and choral director, received her bachelor’s in composition from UCLA and her master’s in conducting from the School of Music and the Institution of Sacred Music at Yale University. She completed her doctoral studies in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield Music Department and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 503-883-2275. 

Author to discuss foraging and wild foods during “Readings at the Nick”

Langdon CookHunting and foraging, says author Langdon Cook, are the key to eating well in today’s modern food landscape.  

Cook, a Seattle-based writer, instructor and lecturer, will discuss wild foods, the outdoors and his books about both on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College. This reading is part of the ongoing “Readings at the Nick” series at Linfield.  

Cook’s books include “Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table,” “The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America,” winner of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and “Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager.” Cook has been nominated for a James Beard Award and a Pushcart Prize. He has been profiled in Bon Appétit, The Wall Street Journal magazine, Whole Living and His writing also appears in numerous magazines, newspapers and online journals, including Terrain, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Eating Well, Outside, The Stranger and Seattle Magazine, where he’s a regular columnist.  

The reading 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, 

Island Breeze brings music and hula dancing to Linfield

Ihilani Kamaka ’15A night of Hawaiian music and hula dancing at Linfield College will transport listeners out of rainy Oregon. 

Linfield will present “Island Breeze,” featuring Linfield alumni as well as award-winning musicians, on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield. 

Musicians include Chris Kamaka (bass and vocals), Del Beazley (guitar and vocals), Herb Ohta, Jr. (ukulele), Christopher Kamaka ’12 (guitar and vocals), Ihilani Kamaka ’15 (hula) and Kaohu McCabe (cajon and guitar). 

Chris Kamaka is a member of Ho’Okena, the multi-Na Hok uHanohano (the Hawaiian equivalent to the Grammy) award-winning group. He is also a third-generation luthier at Kamaka Hawaii, a ukulele manufacturer priding itself on making instruments of only the highest quality for a century.  

Beazley and Ohta, Jr. are also multi-Na Hoku Hanohano award winners.  

This will be a ticketed show. Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis to Linfield students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Any additional tickets will be available for $10 on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at For more information, contact Dan Fergueson at 503-883-2435 or 

Linfield hosts Mac Monster Mania 

Fall at Linfield CollegeLinfield students and the McMinnville community are partnering to provide a happy and healthy Halloween with a family-friendly event that will be a graveyard smash. 

Linfield students have teamed up with McMinnville community members to host the second annual Mac Monster Mania on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 1-3 p.m. at Linfield’s Riley Campus Center. 

The event promotes healthy living and includes a two-mile fun run, booths, games, crafts and a community costume contest.  

The event is free and open to the public and it is sponsored by the SNACK (Student Nutrition and Activity Clinic for Kids) Program, McMinnville Parks and Recreation and Linfield College. For more information, visit or contact Katie Sours, SNACK program coordinator, at 503-434-8278 or 

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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

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