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Events and Programs 2017-18

Spring 2018 Events

February 15, 2018: Creating a Culture of Care for LGBTQ+ Students (Faculty & Staff Training)

Thomas Arce is a Queer Latinx scholar-practitioner working in higher education at Southern Oregon University, lauded #21 nationally as one of the best colleges for LGBTQ students.  He is the Coordinator of the Queer Resource Center in the Office of Student Life. Thomas manages the centers' in the promotion of LGBTQIA+ educational outreach, community engagement, support and advocacy. Thomas centers the work of diverse gender, affectionate, and sexual identities and issues through their advocacy on campus in policy adoption, campus partnerships, faculty/staff workshops, and student success in the classroom and beyond. Thomas earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Iowa.

February 22, 2018: BSU Presents...Jane Elliot Speaks.

Jane Elliot, Former school teacher, Anti-Racism Activist, Educator; Feminist and LGBT activist will speak during Black History Month.  

March 2 - 23, 2018: Architecture of Internment Exhibit

This traveling exhibit explores how Oregonians participated in the decision to incarcerate Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants during World War II. This is not primarily about the Japanese American experience before, during or after incarceration. Rather, it is the story of how individuals, organizations, businesses and elected officials advocated for the incarceration of Oregonians of Japanese ancestry or stood by while it happened. Those who did stand up before, during and after incarceration, in small and large acts, were especially brave.

March 7, 2018: Right of Passage Film Screening

Nowadays, when bipartisanship on Capitol Hill is a rarity, filmmaker Janice Tanaka tells the story of a bygone era of human connection inside the Beltway—an unprecedented “American” moment in the US Congress that the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University called an achievement “against all odds.” The Civil Liberties Act of 1988, almost forty-five years in the making, acknowledged the fundamental injustice of the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II in American Concentration Camps and paid each surviving internee $20,000 along with a government apology. Not many outside the Japanese American community know this story. RIGHT OF PASSAGE recounts the journey of a small disenfranchised people who for thirty years buried their shame and indignation but then found the courage and strength to seek justice, which then snowballed into a lesson of the power of American democracy

April 26, 2018: Award-winning author Reyna Grande: Linfield will host Reyna Grande for a book talk.

Received a B.A in Creative Writing and Film & Video from the University of California, Santa Cruz as well as her M.F.A in creative writing from Antioch University. Now an award-winning novelist and memoirist her novels: Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006) and Dancing with Butterfly's (Washington Square Press, 2006). Her latest book, The Distance between us, is a memoir she writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. 

April 27, 2018: Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice

  • Ibram X. Kendi (American University), whose Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America received the National Book Award
  • David Blight (Yale University), whose much-anticipated biography of Douglass will be published by Simon & Schuster later this year
  • Leigh Fought (Le Moyne College), whose Women in the World of Frederick Douglass was published by Oxford University Press last year to much acclaim
  • Melvin Rogers (Brown University), whose forthcoming book The Darkened Light of Faith: Race, Democracy, and Freedom in African American Political Thought examines Douglass and several other major figures in the African American canon
  • Diana Schaub (Loyola University of Maryland), who is the author of Erotic Liberalism: Women and Revolution in Montesquieu’s Persian Letters and is engaged in ongoing research on the relationship between Douglass and Abraham Lincoln

May 7, 2018: Gender Diversity in Childhood

Dr. Olson will discuss her recent research that explores gender development and mental health in an increasingly visible group of children—transgender and gender diverse youth. She will explore how basic social cognitive tasks can be useful in addressing ongoing debates about these youth. This work has been featured in various news outlets (including The New York Times, NPR, and BuzzFeed), including the ground breaking National Geographic documentary Gender Revolution. Dr. Olson was recently awarded the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award, the nation’s highest honor bestowed on scientists and engineers. 

Event Details: 5:30 - 7PM in Jonasson Hall - Lower Level of Melrose Hall.  Full details available for download.


Spring 2018: Reading Group "Undoing the Soldier: Readings on Reintegration of Veterans into Society" 


Fall 2017 Events

October 24, 2017: Antonio Martorell

Hurricanes, Art, & Puerto Rican Politics: A Conversation with Antonio Martorell

TransYouth Project: Dr. Kristina Olson, director of TransYouth Project will be visiting campus (2017-18; date to be announced). TransYouth Project aims to help scientists, educators, parents, and children better understand the varieties of human gender development. Based out of the Social Cognitive Development Lab at the University of Washington. 

Exploring interfaith connections between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Coming to Linfield (2017-18).

POLS 370: Leadership and Change in a Diverse and Interconnected World: Coming to Linfield (2017-18).

For questions about any of the diversity and inclusion programming, contact Gerardo Ochoa, assistant dean for diversity and community partnerships.