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Faculty Lecture Series

Each academic year, individual faculty members have the opportunity to share their professional work and interests with colleagues and the community through the Faculty Lecture Series. This event is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs.

The 2018-19 Faculty Lecture Series will be announced in late August.

Past Faculty Lectures can be viewed in DigitalCommons@Linfield.


Is Truth Dead? Fact you!

Presented by Kaarina Beam, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
7:00 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall
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The democratic system in the U.S. is in disarray. Daily reports of hostile confrontation, fake news, alternative facts, ad hominem attacks, and increasing tribalism are distressing. But those divisions also indicate something good about our democratic system. We can, as yet, still voice our dissent, take collective public action, and engender grassroots activism without legitimate reprisal for those activities in themselves. But the public discourse is increasingly polarizing and unproductive. Is there a common ground upon which we can build discourse and seek a common public good? To what can we appeal for common ground? Do we appeal to truth or power? Philosophers have traditionally sought truth to legitimate power and parsed education as a search for truth. But, as Alasdair MacIntyre asked, Whose truth? Which rationality? This talk explores the nature of truth, the nature of truth-seeking education, and the nature of the philosophy underlying an educational search for truth in a pluralistic world.


From Farmer to Financial Giant: Shibusawa Ei'ichi’s Blend of Confucianism and Capitalism in the Industrialization of Japan

Presented by John Sagers, Professor of History

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:00 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall
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Shibusawa Ei'ichi (1840-1931) was one of the most important financiers and industrialists in Japan's modern economic transformation. During his career as the head of the Dai-Ichi Bank, Shibusawa helped to finance and launch modern enterprises in a variety of industries including banking, insurance, textiles, and railroads. In many speeches, Shibusawa exhorted business leaders to follow the ethical principles contained in The Analects of Confucius. This lecture investigates why Shibusawa would continue to promote Confucian ideas while working to dismantle the samurai-dominated feudal social hierarchy which Japanese Confucian elites had long supported. 


The Lur of Prillar Guri

Presented by Joan Haaland Paddock, Professor of Music

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:00 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall
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The year is 1612. Scottish mercenaries have invaded Norway and journey east to join Swedish forces in the Kalmar War against the Danish/Norse kingdom. The Scots destroy all in their path. Who can stop them?

The haunting sound made by a young woman with the wooden trumpet will save her people.


Language, Memory, and Story: Writing Across the Genres

Presented by Joe Wilkins, Associate Professor of English

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
7:00 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall
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We carry deep in our bones the impulse to fit language to the world. Song and story were our first arts, and to watch children delight in the sounds their own mouths might make or see a roomful of kids suddenly still and sit rapt as they listen to a story is to understand that inherent, immense power. Yet song and story differ, too. Though both are made of language, the way the singer or tale-teller wields the words makes all the difference. In this hybrid lecture/reading I hope to trace my own impulses and considerations as a cross-genre writer in fitting language—whether poem, essay, or story—to the world.


"Dead Wrong:" Will the United States repeat the mistakes of the Iraq war in North Korea and Iran?

Presented by Patrick Cottrell, Associate Professor of Political Science

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
7:00 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall
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As the Trump administration continues to make headlines with its provocative statements regarding Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs, it would be wise to reexamine the most recent US-led effort to prevent WMD proliferation.  Indeed, many have called the 2003 decision to invade Iraq the greatest strategic blunder in American history.  Yet for the last decade, most debates surrounding the war have centered on events set in motion once the war began--a botched occupation, the relative success of the “surge,” and the rise of ISIS.  Drawing from his research and personal experience working on Iraq WMD issues at the US Department of State during the Clinton and Bush administrations, Patrick Cottrell returns the focus to the decision to go to war itself.  By putting the audience in the shoes of those responsible for making Iraq policy in the years prior to the invasion, he identifies often overlooked contours of this fateful decision and reveals lessons of contemporary relevance for the Trump administration's policy toward Iran and North Korea that have been obscured or forgotten in the fog of war.


Waiting For Peace: Creating a Documentary for Interactive Multimedia

Presented by Michael Huntsberger, Associate Professor of Mass Communications

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
7:00 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall
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Richard Berkey was a third year pre-med student at Indiana University in the Fall of 1942 when he was drafted into the United States Army. Berkey’s wartime journal, letters, and a wide variety of historical documents provide the core of the book Waiting for Peace: The Journals and Correspondence of a World War II Combat Medic. With the support of Student Faculty Collaborative Research Grants from Linfield, a team of students and faculty adapted Berkey’s compelling story of war and personal transformation for online presentation through interactive multimedia. This lecture explores the scholarly and creative processes that go into the development and presentation of a documentary in this emerging form.


Reckoning with the Myths of Samurai Baseball: Japan’s National Pastime in Literature, Film and Manga

Presented by Christopher Keaveney, Professor of Japanese

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
7:00 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall
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The Japanese passion for the game of baseball stretches back over one hundred years to the beginnings of modern Japan in the Meiji period (1868-1912). Baseball has long been Japan’s national pastime and constitutes an important part of the cultural fabric of Japan. In modern Japan, writers, filmmakers and artists have used baseball-themed works alternately to affirm the time-honored myths of “Samurai baseball” or to challenge the rigid cultural values and assumptions propounded by those myths. Baseball has served in the modern era as a cultural touchstone to which artists have returned again and again. This presentation summarizes the content of Dr. Keaveney’s forthcoming book "Contesting the Myths of Samurai Baseball" and will introduce some of the defining works of Japanese baseball fiction, film and manga.