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Department in the News: Fall 2013

Students Write About Women's Struggles for Safety and Independence in Egypt and the USA

International relations major Megan Schwab '15 and religious studies major Breanna Ribeiro '14 published an article in the viewpoints section of the McMinnville News Register in reaction to the latest coup of the Egyptian government. Read the article here: “Women struggle for safety, independence in Egypt and USA.”

Schwab conducted research with Professor Patrick Cottrell in the summer of '13 focusing on accountability issues with the United Nations with regards to sexual violence, spreading of disease and other crimes committed against local Haitian populations during peacekeeping missions. Ribeiro conducted research with Professor Dawn Nowacki analyzing patterns of violence against women in Middle Eastern and North African countries during times of political upheaval.  

Professor Leads the Initiation of New Two-Year Immersion Program on Campus

Professor Patrick Cottrell of the political science and international relations departments at Linfield College is first to direct the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE). A large part of the inception and development of the new program, Cottrell also headed up the program during its 2012-13 pilot year. Composed of a board of 11 Faculty fellows and 3 Student fellows (including International Relations major Megan Schwab 15'), PLACE identifies a broad interdisciplinary theme and uses it to highlight two or three different Linfield Curriculum designations. As there are eight designations, a four-year student will see each of the designations highlighted during their time at Linfield. This theme then serves as a focal point for cross-campus events, innovation in integrated and experiential learning and community dialogue.

Click here for more information about this year's theme: Legacies of War.

Student Researches Medicinal Plant Programs in Peru 

Following a semester abroad in Ecuador, international relations major Sam Gauksheim '14 spent the summer of '13 studying the medicinal plant program at the EsSalud Complementary Medicine Clinic in Trujillo, Peru, under the direction of Tom Love, professor of anthropology and cocordinator of Latin American studies at Linfield. Many medicinal plants can only be found in the mountains in Peru, so the goal of the project was to aid the Peruvians in setting up a supply chain of medicinal plants from th emountains down to the coast of Trujillo.

Gauksheim conducted interviews with government leaders, farmers, physicians, and others, traveling and writing bi-lingual reports on the project and often translating for people in the research group who did not speak Spanish.

Student interns for World Affairs Council of Oregon

Linfield College senior Clara Martinez 14' spent the past sumer as an intern for the World Affairs Council of Oregon after she was awarded the Deborah M. Olsen Public Service Internship. She worked closely with Amy Barass, director of International Visitors and Training Programs and Linfield alumni. The International Visitor Leadership Program is the U.S. Department of State’s professional exchange program. Current and emerging foreign leaders are selected by U.S. Foreign Service Officers at U.S. Embassies around the world. Martinez worked with delegates from 20 countries by helping to introduce them to different aspects of Oregon and U.S. culture.

At one point in her internship Martinez worked on a sub-regional project for Burma, Indonesia and the Philippines. Representatives from these countries came to the U.S. to explore the theme of economic models for community sustainability in the U.S. Martinez helped introduce these visitors to the Portland area and accompanied them to the Blanchet House of Hospitality, where they all served meals to the homeless.

Linfield Sophomore Spends Summer as Political Intern

Student Logan Lamb '15 had a first-hand look at the political system this summer in Washington D.C. as an intern for U.S. Congress Representative Greg Walden. During his internship, Lamb was thrust into the political scene on Capitol Hill. His responsibilities included addressing constituents’ concerns and assisting on special legislation projects for Oregon and the U.S.

Lamb is also involved in Linfield campus life. He is the youngest charter president in Theta Chi fraternity history and an offensive lineman for the Linfield football team. His interest in politics stems from his grandfather’s involvement in Long Beach politics.

Professor Argues for Human Dignity in Salon.com Opinion Column

A column by political science Professor Nick Buccola was the featured essay on the widely read news site, Salon.com. The Supreme Court's recently handed down a landmark decision which states the Defense of Marriage Act violated the U.S. Constitution. Justice Antonin Scalia's dissenting opinion spurred Buccola's response in the op-ed column, “Scalia fails to grasp true democracy,” in which he criticizes Scalia’s political philosophy, saying it’s nothing more than a democratic version of “might makes right.”

Buccola is the founding director of the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice at Linfield College. His book, The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty, has garnered praise for its relevancy and insight. It was published by New York University Press in 2012, and highlights the life of Douglass, a slave who became one the most influential activists and orators of the 19th century.



Spring 2013 Department in the News:


International Relations graduate receives prestigious Fulbright award 

Featuring Linfield graduate Keith Welch '12

Welch, a 2012 graduate who spent a semester studying in Vienna, Austria, as a Linfield student, will now head to Germany under the English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program. He will serve as a teaching assistant in a German secondary school, assisting with conversation practice and American culture topics.

May 14, 2013

Political Science students debate about use of drone strikes


Featuring Linfield Political Science students Jake Baker '14 and William McHenry '14, International Relations major Rachel Axtman '15 and Mass Communications major Jerry Young '14

Students from Political Science Professor Patrick Cottrell's Current Debates in U.S Foreign Policy class debate over the effectiveness of drone strikes.

The Linfield Review
April 24, 2013

Political Science Professor and students explain long time Burmese project

Featuring Linfield Professor Patrick Cottrell and students Morgan Christiansen '13, Bridget Grant '13, Kole Kracaw '13, Leanne McCallum '13 and Will McHenry '13

In order to raise awareness about Burma and the Burmese refugee crisis, Professor Patrick Cottrell and students shared a documentary, Burma VJ, with the Linfield community.

The Linfield Review
April 8, 2013

Linfield College Professor named Oregon Book Award Finalist

Featuring Political Science Professor Nicholas Buccola

"A book by Linfield College Professor Nicholas Buccola was nominated for one of Oregon’s highest literary honors, the Oregon Book Awards."

March 4, 2013


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