Opening convocation traditionally begins the academic year and is one of three formal academic rituals at Linfield. Faculty are robed in academic regalia and march in both a processional and recessional.
Peter Richardson, professor of German, will present the address, "Let's Dance." Richardson has been a Linfield professor since 1980, serving as department chair for 17 years. He has also served as chair of the Humanities Division and chair of the General Education Revision Committee.
Richardson has been certified in oral proficiency testing by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and he has presented lectures on the subject in Switzerland, Austria and The Netherlands. He is a life member of the American Association of Teachers of German, as well as a member of the Oregon Association of Teachers of German. He has written and co-authored three books and has published articles in the fields of German language pedagogy, German and Swiss dialectology, and history and geography of words.
At Linfield, Richardson was named the Edith Green Distinguished Professor in 1987. He also received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Pilot Grant for curricular development, a NEH Younger Humanist Fellowship and a National Defense Education Act Fellowship for dissertation research. In addition, he earned a Fulbright Fellowship for dialect study at the University of Marburg.
Richardson holds a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. from Ohio State University, and both an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. from Yale University.
Opening convocation is open to the public.