Linfield examines Oregon’s WWII internment of Japanese Americans

Architecture of internmentThroughout March, Linfield College will discuss the incarceration of Japanese Americans throughout Oregon during World War II. The college will examine the weight of these actions through a traveling exhibit, an art installation and a documentary film.

On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the forced relocation of Japanese Americans in the wake of the attack at Pearl Harbor. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese Americans on the West Coast were forcibly relocated to internment camps. Permanent camps were built in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming, and temporary camps were established in Oregon. Even Linfield students were forced to relocate, leaving their lives behind.  

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Achy Obejas to speak at Linfield College 


Achy ObejasAchy Obejas, an acclaimed author and noted translator, will be speaking at Linfield College as part of her residency as the 2018 Woodrow Wilson fellow.  

Obejas will read from her work on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield. This talk is free and open to the public and will also be livestreamed at After the reading, there will be a reception and book signing in Jonasson Hall in Melrose Hall. Obejas will also be visiting classrooms beginning Monday, Feb. 26 as part of her residency. 

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Linfield College is a top producer of Fulbright scholars 

Student statues on campusLinfield College is among the top American colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. students, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced.  

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Jane Elliott to speak on power and prejudice at Linfield College 

Jane ElliottThe internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education Jane Elliott will be at Linfield College to talk about racism and today’s campus climate. 

Elliott’s talk, “Power, Perception and Prejudice,” will be held Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall on campus. This lecture is free and open to the public. 

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Linfield’s Jordan Clark: Post with a greater purpose

Jordan Clark plays basketball at a game at George FoxReprinted with permission of the News-Register. • By Rusty Rae, February 8, 2018

You might think Linfield’s 250-pound, 6-6 senior center Jordan Clark yearns for a chance to play in the NBA. But you’d be wrong. The closest Clark will likely get to an NBA floor are season tickets to the local pro team. While he loves the game, basketball is a means to his ultimate end, becoming a doctor.

“I like to work with kids. Medicine is an area that I have wanted to pursue ever since I can remember,” said the chemistry/biology major, who is planning to study pediatrics.

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‘Language, Memory and Story’ topic of Joe Wilkins faculty lecture

Professor Joe WilkinsJoe Wilkins, associate professor of English at Linfield College, will present “Language, Memory and Story: Writing Across the Genres” on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall at Linfield.  

“We carry deep in our bones the impulse to fit language to the world,” said Wilkins. “Song and story were our first arts.”  

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