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Although war has and always will be a part of mankind, this year’s Program for the Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement theme “Legacies of War” is coming to a close and Linfield is welcoming a new theme.
PLACE tries to promote civic engagement and social enterprise, and also create a social experience where people share their knowledge with each other.
The philosophy focused PLACE theme for the 2014-15 academic school year is “How Do We Know? Paths to Wisdom” according to Professor of Sociology and chair of the department Amy Orr.
“How Do We Know? Paths to Wisdom” aims to achieve half of the Linfield curriculum’s mode of inquiry requirements.
This includes the Natural World, Quantitative Reasoning and Ultimate Questions LC requirements.
The theme’s goal is to combine the humanities with the sciences and to provoke asking questions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
“We passed the PLACE theme for 2014-2015 last year and the [new] coordinator for it is Jesus Ilduin, of the department of philosophy,” Orr said.
A liberal arts education embraces the connections among disciplines, which in turn fuels a process of collaborative understanding of the search for truth and knowledge.
Wisdom arises from each discipline, both the sciences and the humanities have their own strengths and the connections among them.
“How Do We Know?” explores these relations, ultimately asking: how might epistemological inquiry through the liberal arts enhance citizenship and strengthen community, according to Orr.
Voting at the April 7 Faculty Assembly meeting included adding information about the PLACE program in the college catalog.
The PLACE theme for 2015-2016 “Air, water, earth, and fire: the ancient elements on a changing planet” passed approval at the most recent Faculty Assembly meeting.
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A performance artist painted the names of 100,000 Iraqis who have died in the war efforts on the walls of the Linfield Gallery.
As an Associate Arts Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Wafaa Bilal incorporated his political based work as part of this year’s PLACE theme, “Legacies of War.”
Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Brian Winkenweder introduced Bilal at his artist talk. The two met while attending the University of New Mexico.
Bilal lived on campus while hand painting the names in Arabic.
Students watched as Bilal painted the exhibit with a shiny white paint on top of the already white walls so that the names were only visible when reflecting sunlight.
“Sometimes art galleries aren’t about hanging a nice picture on the wall,” Director and Curator of the Linfield Gallery Criss Moss said.
“I Don’t Know Their Names” is Bilal’s latest project to promote Iraqi awareness. His goal is to “acknowledge the invisible.”
“It is a silent observation of the people we have lost,“ Bilal said. “A lot of emotions come to mind with every name, I think of their loss.”
Though Bilal’s exhibit is only temporary and will be painted over, he has a much more permanent piece tattooed on him.
In another one of Bilal’s projects called “…And Counting” he had a map of Iraq tattooed onto his back. To continue his theme of invisibility, the American casualties are tattooed in black ink while the Iraqis’ can only be seen under a black light.
Bilal has done other performance-based art in the past.
In 2007, Bilal did one of his more interactive pieces called “Domestic Tension.”
For the exhibit, Bilal lived in a Chicago art gallery for 31 days.
During that time, people had online access to a paintball gun that was controlled by the computer and could shoot Bilal at any time of the day or night.
He was shot a total of 75,000 times.
Bilal wrote a book based off of his artistic experiments with Iraqi racism in 2008 called, “Shoot an Iraqi Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun.”
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the James Miller Fine Arts Center “I Don’t Know Their Names” will be shown until May 10.
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Bilal speaks about his painting process during his artist talk.
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What does it mean to be a loyal citizen when your country is at war? This issue and more were addressed at the collaborative Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement panel on ‘War and Citizenship.’
Assistant Professor of Political Science Pat Cottrell moderated the event where four Linfield professors spoke from their individual experiences on their ideas about being a citizen in times of war.
The panel included Professor Chair of English Barbara Seidman, competitive scholarship adviser Tom Mertes, professor of anthropology Tom Love and professor of economics Eric Schuck. Each professor took ten minutes to explain what the theme of war and citizenship meant to them, and often drew on personal experiences.
“The notion of citizenship and civic engagement is absolutely fundamental,” Cottrell said after the panel. “And the point of these PLACE lectures is to show that every person on this campus has their own set of skills and talents to offer to society.”
Mertes spoke first and began his lecture by playing “Machine Gun” by Jimi Hendrix for the audience. The song set the mood for a look at how issues of free speech have shaped U.S. history. This helped set the background for the rest of the lecture.
Love went next, approaching the issue from an anthropological perspective.
“What does it mean to be patriotic? What does war mean? When is it right to kill?” Love asked in an interview after the lecture. “These issues are things that anthropologists have a lot to say about, because it’s all about meaning.”
He also wove in his personal experiences with the Vietnam War, which occurred while he was an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. Although he was not chosen in the lottery for the draft, he still protested against its use.
“Even as I was protesting the war, I never felt that I was acting in a way that was inappropriate for being a citizen” Love said.
The issue of patriotism versus citizenship came up in Seidman’s lecture as well. Seidman’s father was in the military and she has two sons in their 20s. Seidman used her connection to the military to explore how war can change the meaning of citizenship.
“I’m not a pacifist,” Seidman said, “but I don’t support blood rage… It’s easy to sit back on the home front if you haven’t known anyone who has served in the last 12 years we’ve been at war.”
Schuck went last and spoke about his experience serving in the United States Navy. He explained the benefits and costs of the military as it is, which he sees as a meritocratic system.
“It’s a difficult selection process though,” Schuck said. “If you succeed you live, if you fail you die.”
After the event the panel structure allowed for the professors to address audience questions in a discussion-based way.
PLACE will continue with the theme “Legacies of War” until next year when “How Do We Know?” will replace it. PLACE offers students, professors and faculty with a forum for innovative ways of looking at education.
Tying in with the theme of the lecture, Cottrell explained the importance of PLACE here at Linfield.
“A lot of students can get caught up in the college world,” junior Morgan Seymour said, who attended the event. “They don’t stay current on politics or voting, things that make people good citizens. This PLACE event helped remind me and other students that we are the next leaders in the world, and we need to enhance our understanding of what’s going on in the world.”
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