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PLACE Events Calendar for the "Legacies of War"

Please scroll down to see a list of events for the upcoming 2013-14 PLACE year:

FALL 2013


Oct. 1st - Nov. 30th : The Linfield Art Gallery. Suzanne Opton’s "Soldier and Many Wars" series.

Photographer Suzanne Opton, 2009 Guggenheim fellow and teacher at the International Center of Photography, will display her series of photographs depicting images of soldiers between tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The exhibit will include the debut of a new work: a video portrait of US soldiers between tours of duty.

Contact: Brian Winkenweder at


Nov. 1st. 12:15 - 1:00pm. Jonasson Hall. Dr. Nicholas Hengen Fox, "Reading and Weeping: Books in the Trenches During WWII."

Between 1942 and 1947, the Federal government selected, printed, and published 123 million books to distribute to American soldiers overseas. Conceived as a pleasant distraction, the books actually led to remarkable transformations; as one self-described, "battle-hardened marine" put it: books could make a soldier "do such an effeminate thing as weep over a piece of fiction." This talk surveys the program, the soldiers' reading practices, and argues for the transformatie power of fiction under the stresses of war.

Nicholas Hengen Fox received his Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Minnesota. He studies popular uses of literature, particulraly in the context of political movements. He teaches at Portland Community College.

Nov. 4th. 6:30pm. Riley 201. Faculty Panel: Eric Schuck, Barbara Seidman, Tom Love, Tom Mertes, and moderated by Patrick Cottrell, "War and Citizenship."

This panel discussion will explore the meaning of citizenship during times of war, considering questions that include, but are not limited to: What are the duties and responsibilities of a citizen in war times? What is the difference between a citizen and a patriot? Should there be limits to what states can demand of their citizens? What is the appropriate balance between military effectiveness and democratic equality in providing armed forces for a republic?

Contact: Patrick Cottrell at

Nov. 6th. 7:00pm. Riley 201. Professor of Music, Dr. Joan Paddock. "Linfield Cat Talk: TAPS, The National Song of Remembrance: A Short History of America's Most Famous Bugle Call." 

Dr. Joan Paddock, Professor of Music and professional trumpeter, will speak of the history of the twenty-four notes that have stirred the hearts of soldiers, their families, and survivors of American military conflict for over 150 years. A live performance of TAPS will be presented. 

Director of Instrumental Activities at Linfield College and a Bach Trumpet Clinician for the Conn-Selmer Music Corporation, Paddock performs as cornet and trumpet soloist with school and community bands throughout the United States. A longstanding member of Oregon’s Britt Festival Orchestra trumpet section, Paddock also performs as ‘on call’ trumpeter with the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera. Dr. Paddock is a Fulbright Senior Specialist candidate for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Dr. Paddock holds memberships in the International Trumpet Guild, College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC), Oregon Band Directors Association, and the Oregon Music Educators Association.  

Nov. 7 - 9th & Nov.14 - 16th, 7:30pm; Nov. 10th, 2:00pm. Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall. Ajax in Iraq.

Put on by Linfield students, past and present collide in Ellen McLaughlin's mash-up of Sophocles' classic tragedy Ajax with the modern-day war in Iraq. The play follows the parallel narratives of Ajax, an ancient Greek military hero, and A.J., a modern female American soldier, both undone by the betrayal of a commanding officer. Athena, goddess of war, coolly presides over the whole. Inspired by material collected from interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families, Ajax in Iraq explores the timeless struggle soldiers face in trying to make sense of war.

Price is $9, $7, $5, and $3, contact for the Marshall Theatre Box Office is 503-883-2292.

Two post-show discussions will be held after the performances to discuss prevalent issues raised in the play. On Thursday, Nov. 7, a post-show discussion, “Women and the Military: Serving in Uniform or Supporting at Home,” will look at the challenges that women soldiers as well as spouses of soldiers face. Participants are: Kat Bell (Gulf War veteran), Connie Christianson (Air Force 1st sergeant), Angie Gurley (wife of military personnel) and professors Eric Schuck, Dawn Nowacki, and Patrick Cottrell. The second post-show discussion will be on Friday, Nov. 15, and is titled “Veterans: Serving Those Who’ve Served Us.” This discussion will examine the challenges faced by soldiers returning to civilian life and how those at home can prepare and help that transition. Both post-show discussions are free and open to the public. Attendance at the performance, while recommended, is not required.

Nov. 10th. 3:00pm. Mcminnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans Street, McMinnville. Veterans Day Band Concert.

Sponsored by the Department of Music for the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and honor veterans and the armed forces. Ninety-plus musicians from Linfield and McMinnville as well as Mike Donahue (retired Channel 6 newscaster) will present music of the civil war including a musical arrangement of the Gettysburg Address, Ashokan Farewell, and Copland's A Lincoln Portrait. The event will also include various speakers, a presentation of the nation's colors by the Pacific Northwest Council of Civil War Re-enactors, and a presentation of antebellum clothing and fashioin. Canned food will be collected as admission for all audience members. Price is free.

Contact: Shelly Sanderlin: or 503-883-2275. Contact Joan Paddock at



Feb. 10th - 15th. Gender Equity Week.

Feb. 10th. 10:30am - 4:00pm. Fred Meyer Lounge. "I Need Feminism Because..." campaign.

Sponsored by LAB and SAGE (Student Advocates for Gender Equality).

Feb. 11th. 6:30pm. Riley 201. "Women and Power" panel.

PLACE and SAGE present the panel "Women and Power," featuring Susan Agre-Kippenhan, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty; Dawn Nowacki, Professor of Political Science; Susan Sivek, Professor of Mass Communications; and Amy Miller, Professor of Sociology. The panel will explore power as it is constructed through  various aspects of women's and men's lives, both historically and in the present.  The concept of power is problematic in the first place.  What does it mean?  Second, the definitions of power are contested. Women's movements have sought to re-define it as "power with" rather than "power over."  How successful have they been in reframing and implementing a more horizontal, collaborative kind of power? Third, where is power located, and in what ways are these locations connected? Our panelists will discuss power in relationships and families, in media and literary representations,  in social and political structures domestically and internationally, and across time. 

Feb. 13th. 11:45pm. Riley 201. Pizza and Politics - War, International Politics, and Gender: A Conversation with Dr. Cynthia Enloe.

Feb. 13th. 7:00pm. Ice Auditorium. Dr. Cynthia Enloe, "Have We Already Forgotten Iraqi Women?: Some Feminist Warnings about Post-War American Amnesia."

It's now three years since the last American troops pulled out of Iraq and more than a decade since Americans watched in real time as their government led an invasion of Iraq. What do we remember? What do we forget? Iraqi women didn't disappear when our soldiers left. Paying attention to our own presumptions about Iraqi women and continuing to be alert to Iraqi women's own ideas and efforts will make us smarter both about wars, and about our own involvements in wars.

Feb. 15th. 7:00pm. Ice Auditorium. Film "MissRepresentation."

Sponsored by LAB, SAGE, and PLACE.

Feb. 17th. 7:30pm. Jonnasson, Melrose Hall. Professor Heather Reid, "Olympic Sport and its Lessons for Peace."

To the ancients, Olympic victory was imagined as a visit from the winged goddess Nike, who swooped down from Olympus to briefly bless the mortal athlete with a divine crown of sacred olive. To us moderns, Olympic victory is more likely to be associated with Nike, the multi-national mega-company, which swoops down from Wall Street to briefly bless the athlete with a fat paycheck and temporary status as a corporate shill. Just as the corporate Nike differs from the goddess after whom it is named, the modern Olympic Games differ in important ways from their ancient Greek ancestor. Nevertheless, we can learn from the ancient association between Olympic Games and peace because that association derives not merely from mythology and rhetoric, but also from particular (and perhaps unexpected) effects of athletic competition itself. Olympic sport taught the ancient Hellenes something about peace by instantiating such philosophical aspects of peace as setting aside conflict, treating others as equals, and developing community spirit.

Feb. 20th. 7:00pm. Ice Auditorium. Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, "Religion and Violence in a Globalized World." 

Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer is Professor of Sociology, Affiliate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. One of the world's leading experts of religion, violence and conflict resolution, Juergensmeyer is perhaps best known for his widely read book, Terror in the Mind of God: The Rise of Global Religious Violence, published in 2000 and revised in 2003 in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001. Over his career, he has published more than 200 articles and 20 books on the role of religion in various social movements in South Asia, religion and politics the modern globalized world, Gandhi's approach to conflict resolution, and many other topics. Among his many honors and awards, in 2009 Juergensmeyer was elected President of the American Academy of Religion, the most prestigious academic society of scholars of religion in the United States. 

Dr. Juergensmeyer will be visiting the 20th-21st.

Arab Spring Commemoration.

A commemoration of the Arab Spring of 2012.

Contact: Dawn Nowacki at  or Barbara Seidman at


Mar. 13th. 7:00pm. Ice Auditorium. Edith Green Lecture, Andrew Bacevich, "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism."

Andrew Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University; he previously taught at Johns Hopkins University and at West Point, where he graduated in 1969. Time calls him "one of the most provocative – as in thought-provoking – national-security writers out there today." His book, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country is a blistering critique of the gulf between America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war.

Bacevich's bestseller, Washington Rules, is a critique of the country's military industrial complex. In his previous book, The Limits of Power, he deconstructed decades of disastrous foreign policies, arguing that America's lust for empire and its sense of entitlement, coupled with its myth of indestructibility, has deluded and diminished the nation, at home and in the eyes of the world. "This compact, meaty volume ought to be on the reading list of every candidate for national office," The Washington Post wrote.

Andrew Bacevich also holds a Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton. With the US Army, he served during the Vietnam War, and has held posts in Germany and the Persian Gulf; he retired, as a Colonel, in the early 1990s. Bacevich's books include The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War, and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U. S. Diplomacy. Bacevich has also written for The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Times, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Contact: Patrick Cottrell at

Mar. 18th. 7:30 - 9:30pm. Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library. Ericksen Lecture by Dr. Elaine Scarry, "Thinking in an Emergency."

Harvard University social theorist Elaine Scarry will discuss her recent monograph Thinking in an Emergency, a study of the assault of democracy and human rights by nuclear war readiness and means of returning civic authority to American citizenry in counterpoint to the so-called Global War on Terror. 

Contact: Barbara Seidman at

Patti Duncan Lecture and Film.

Patti Duncan, Professor of Gender Studies at Oregon State University, will show the 2009 documentary Finding Face, created by Duncan and Skye Fitzgerald, and conduct a discussion about the deliberate assaultive disfigurement of women through acid attacks.

Contact: Dawn Nowacki and/or Barbara Seidman at  

Women's History Month Panel.

Panel and discussion in honor of Women’s history month that addresses contemporary politics on the assaults on women’s rights globally and in the US.

Contact: Dawn Nowacki and/or Barbara Seidman at


Apr. 1st - Apr. 30th. Linfield Art Gallery. Wafaa Bilal and Nada Shabout Art Exhibition.

Wafaa Bilal is a teacher at the Tisch School of the Arts and an artist known for his Shoot an Iraqi exhibit. Bilal makes site specific work and incorporates performance, other actors, video and technology into his elaborate productions. Nada Shabout, professor at the University of North Texas, will also come to speak during Bilal’s exhibit.

Contact: Brian Winkenweder at

Apr. 15th. Jonasson Hall. Dr. Herb Maschner, "Pre-contact Warfare in Alaska."


May 6th. Part of the Readings at the Nic series: Aimee Phan.

Aimee Phan will read from her 2011 novel The Reedecuation of Cherry Truong, a book about the experience of South Vietnamese families during the Vietnam War and afterward as refugees dispersed around the globe.

Contact: Dawn Nowacki and/or Barbara Seidman at

May 8th. The American Library Assocation/National Constitution Center Traveling Exhibit on "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War."

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is pleased to collaborate with the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia on a new traveling exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” The exhibition will travel to public, research, and special libraries; historical societies; museums; civic, community, and heritage organizations; and institutions of higher learning from 2009 through 2015. The traveling exhibition and tour are funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to the National Constitution Center.

Using the Constitution as the cohesive thread, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. Organized thematically, the exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war—the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. Visitors will leave the exhibition with a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.

The National Constitution Center is one of the nation’s most exciting new museums and a leading provider of constitutionally themed education programs. Created through the Constitution Heritage Act of 1988, the NCC addresses the need to better educate Americans about their Constitution and citizenship rights and responsibilities. Its mission is to increase public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and it contemporary relevance through an interactive museum facility and national outreach programs.