Linfield Reports 11/6/17

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Suzanne Simard will present JCDE lecture on forest ecology 

Suzanne SimardA visiting forest ecologist will discuss the language of trees in an upcoming lecture at Linfield College, in honor of the legacy of the late Professor Jane Clair Dirks-Edmunds. 

Suzanne Simard, a professor in the forest and conservation sciences department at the University of British Columbia, will discuss her research on northwest forest ecology on Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College. 

Simard discovered that individual forest trees are enmeshed in a broader network of physical connections and material exchanges, mediated by fungal hyphae in the soil. This can be viewed as an analogy to the digital ecosystem created by individual citizens and their network connections to other individuals and entities, which ties into the 2017-2018 Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE) theme, the “Digital Citizen.”  

Simard’s research focus is on the below-ground fungal networks that connect trees and facilitate underground inter-tree communication and interaction. Her findings have established that these forest networks mimic human neural and social networks. She works primarily in forests, but also grasslands, wetlands, tundra and alpine ecosystems. 

The Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds series honors Dirks-Edmunds, a professor of biology at Linfield from 1941 to 1974. The series brings speakers to campus to address critical environmental concerns and biological issues and to support student-faculty collaborative research. Dirks-Edmunds recognized the importance of ecological issues and humanity’s impact on nature long before environmental issues became part of the public agenda.  

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chad Tillberg at 503-883-2221 or 

Providing culturally competent care for transgender clients 

Linfield College nursingThe Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing will hold a panel, “Providing Culturally Competent Care for Transgender Clients,” Monday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m, in 110 Peterson Hall.  

Two experts from Oregon Health & Science University will talk about transgender and gender non-conforming clients. Then, a panel of transgender clients will tell their stories about experiences with health care.  

This presentation is open to members of the Linfield community. For more information, contact Paul Smith at 

Student presentation on Mali 

Linfield CampusMohamed Toure ’20 will present “Mali: The Land of Prosperity, Wealth, and … Hippos” on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.  

The event is free, open to the public and sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, call 503-883-2434 or email  

Faculty recital to feature Belov and Penn 

Linfield College Music DepartmentLinfield College professors Anton Belov and Hannah Penn will present a variety of music at an upcoming faculty recital. 

Belov, associate professor of music, and Penn, adjunct professor of voice, will be featured in a faculty recital on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College. 

Belov and Penn will perform art songs by Strauss, De Falla, Rachmaninoff and Bolcom, in addition to selections from opera and musical theater. Susan McDaniel, principal accompanist at Linfield, will play piano. 

Belov received his doctorate degree in music from the Boston University and a master’s degree in music from the Juilliard School. He has earned praise for his portrayal of characters such as Germont in the opera “La Traviata” and Count di Luna in the opera “Il Trovatore.” His voice has been called “rich and mellifluous” by the New York Times, and his most recent appearance as the soloist in “Carmina Burana” was described by Florida Weekly as “captivating in every way, casting a musical spell over the audience.” 

Penn is a performer of opera, oratorio and recital literature. She has sung more than twenty operatic roles with Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Portland Opera, Tacoma Opera and other companies.  Penn frequently performs with Portland Opera, most notably as the title role in ”Carmen,” Julie in ”Show Boat,” and L’enfant in Ravel’s ”L’enfant et les sortileges.” Penn also enjoys a full concert schedule, having been featured with orchestras around the country, including several appearances with the Oregon Symphony, the Seattle Baroque, the Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Florida Philharmonic.  

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit 

Linfield College hosts Maasai folk event 

Linfield College, Pioneer HallEnjoy a night of folk songs, dance and storytelling at Linfield College, presented by a visiting Kenyan dance group. 

The Friends of Sironka Dance Troupe will present a night of Maasai cultural performances on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College. 

The Maasai is an ethnic group from Kenya, and the Sironka Dance Troupe brings a rich cultural experience to audiences. Although the event is free, donations from the performance and sale of beaded ornaments will go toward improving day-to-day living, education, health and sanitation in Maasai communities.  

The event is open to the public and sponsored by the Linfield College Chaplain’s Team, Multicultural Program and Services, International Programs and SOAN. For more information, contact David Massey 503-883-2259 or 

Douglass Forum to host “Conversation about Religious Liberty and Discrimination” 

Linfield College, Pioneer HallThe Douglass Forum will host a “Conversation about Religious Liberty and Discrimination” on Thursday, November 9th at 4:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall. The conversation will feature two of the country’s leading scholars of religious liberty – Mark David Hall and Steven Green – who just so happen to teach in Oregon. 

Hall is the Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics at George Fox University, where he teaches courses in American Politics, Political Theory, and Constitutional Law in addition to his work in the William Penn Honors Program. Hall is the author or editor of several books on religious liberty, including Faith and the Founders of the American Republic (Oxford) and Sacred Rights of Conscience (Liberty Fund). Hall has established himself as a leading conservative voice in historic and political debates about religious liberty. 

Green is the Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Religion, Law & Democracy at Willamette Law School. Professor Green joined the Willamette faculty in August 2001, after serving for 10 years as legal director and special counsel for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In that role, Green litigated several cases that ended up before the Supreme Court. Green is the author of several books, including Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding (Oxford University Press, 2015), The Bible, the School, and the Constitution: The Clash that Shaped Modern Church-State Doctrine (Oxford, 2012); and The Second Disestablishment: Church and State in Nineteenth Century America (Oxford, 2010). Green has established himself as a leading liberal voice in the historic and political debates about religious liberty. 

The Douglass Forum is able to host this event thanks to the support of the Elliot Alexander Fund for Political Science and a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. 

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact 

Linfield Theatre presents ‘Ada and the Engine’ 

Steam-powered math, music and romance are at the heart of the upcoming Linfield College Theatre production, “Ada and the Engine.”  

The production features the full-length play by Lauren Gunderson, “America’s most popular playwright,” as Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, the Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies at Linfield College, has dubbed her in The New Yorker. This year, Linfield Theatre’s 98th season, features the plays of Gunderson.   

“Ada and the Engine” runs Nov. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield. It is directed by Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts.   

“Ada and the Engine” explores the life of Ada Lovelace (daughter of flamboyant Romantic-era poet Lord Byron and Lady Annabella Byron) as the British Industrial Revolution dawns. Spurned and abandoned by her husband, the embittered Lady Annabella insists her daughter stay away from the impassioned, perilous life of a poet, and encourages Ada to study the sciences. When Ada meets the noted mathematician, inventor and mechanical engineer Charles Babbage, her “intellectual vibrancy” and “leaps of mental acuity” create an instant attraction between the two. However, because of their age difference, Lady Annabella has other plans for her daughter to marry a proper husband. Despite her mother’s concerns, Ada and Babbage begin a 20-year friendship, where their work on the analytical machine paved the way for the first computer and computer programming.   

In addition to the play, there will be a short question and answer discussion with the entire production team following the opening night performance.   

This production is presented by the Linfield Theatre Program and is a Linfield PLACE event (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement). This year’s PLACE theme is the “Digital Citizen.” It is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. 

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+), $7 for Linfield faculty and staff (two tickets per ID); and $5 for students (age 10+, any school, one ticket per ID); with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available online at and at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday, 3-5 p.m., and until performance time on performance days. The box office will also be open Nov. 11, 3-7:30 p.m. The box office is closed Mondays. For more information, call 503-883-2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.   

For more information, call 503-883-2292.  

Internship Awareness Week 

Career Development will host Internship Awareness Week Nov. 6-10. The week will feature a variety of events designed to connect students with recruiters looking to hire Linfield students. 

RSVP for any of the following through or on Cat Connect! 

Employer Lunch: Nonprofit Internships – First Federal Internship Program 

Friday, Nov. 3, noon-1 p.m. | Career Hub Melrose 010 

Come connect with First Federal and not only learn about their internship program but also about what internship in a nonprofit field looks like overall. 

Employer Lunch: Kroger 

Tuesday, Nov. 7, noon-1 p.m. | Dillin President’s Dining Room 

Connect with recruiters from Kroger and learn about their internship programs for buyers and planners. Perfect for anyone in an econ, finance, marketing, or mass communications field of study! 

Information Session: Nordstrom 

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 3:30-5 p.m. | Career Hub Melrose 010 

Come hear about Nordstrom and their retail management internship from their human resource and recruiting departments as well as a recent Linfield alumnus who is now working fulltime with them. 

Math & Science Opportunities Fair 

Thursday, Nov. 9, 4-5:15 p.m. | Murdock Atrium 

Connect with companies that value a liberal arts degree in science, math or computer science! Meet recruiters and alumni and learn more about the work they do with their companies. 

Employer Lunch: Key Bank 

Friday, Nov. 10, noon-1 p.m. | Dillin President’s Dining Room 

Connect with recruiters from Key Bank and learn about their retail management internship and training programs. All majors may apply! 

The stories of current students who have completed internships in the past year will be highlighted on posters around campus during the week. 

Deulen to share poetry and memoir at ‘Readings at the Nick’ 

Danielle DuelenAn award-winning poet and memoirist will read from her current work at Linfield College.   

Danielle Cadena Deulen will read on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library. 

Deulen will read from her memoir, “The Riots,” and her latest book of poetry, “Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us.” “The Riots,” which won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers award, chronicles Deulen’s childhood and young adulthood as the eldest daughter of a Latina mother and an abusive Anglo father. In “Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us,” winner of the Barrow Street Book Contest, Deulen writes poems that are, as one reviewer dubbed them, as “superbly ambitious as they are fiercely intimate.”  

Deulen is also the author of “Lovely Asunder” and “American Libretto.” Her poems and essays have appeared in journals, including The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, The Utne Reader, and The Missouri Review, and several anthologies, including Best New Poets and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays.  

This reading is a part of the “Readings at the Nick” series. The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517, 

Hanni to discuss disrupting the wine status quo 

One of the first Americans to earn the Masters of Wine credential will give an upcoming lecture about wine errors, discoveries and insights as part of the Linfield Wine Lecture Series.  

Tim Hanni, certified wine educator from the Society of Wine Educators, and a faculty member teaching online wine business curriculum at the Napa Valley Wine Academy and Washington State University, will present “Disrupting the Wine Status Quo: what do we really know about consumers, wine history and enjoying wine with food?” on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Campus Center at Linfield College.  

Hanni will discuss consumer perception discoveries and insights, dramatic errors in wine history and traditions, the background and future for a new set of principles for enjoying wine with food, and how to incorporate and profit from these ideologies.   

Hanni earned his Masters of Wine credential in 1990, one of the first Americans to do so. He is also a trained professional chef and has been leading research into the genetics and psychology of wine perception and preferences. He is crusading to create a deeper focus and understanding of wine consumers, revisions to sensory principles and a movement to radically change the concepts of pairing wine with food. He has lectured in more than 27 countries, teaches wine business and is a wine industry consultant.   

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Aaron Williams at 503-883-2766 or   

Linfield band concert to share music from Norway and Great Britain 

Linfield Concert BandThe Linfield College Concert Band will feature the music of northern Europe in their annual fall concert. 

The Concert Band will present “Sounds of Norway and Great Britain” on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College. 

Under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music, the band will perform a variety of works by composers from these countries, including “Holmenkollen March” by Allan Johanson and “Lyric Suite” by Gerald Finzi.  

The Linfield Concert Band is comprised of 37 members who play woodwinds, brass and percussion. Performers include music majors and minors and non-majors from several states, as well as community members.  

Paddock, at Linfield since 1994, is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University. Paddock received the Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Norway, and studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. She is a trumpeter with Halcyon Trio Oregon, a Bach Trumpet Clinician for the Selmer Music Corporation and an “on call” trumpeter with the Oregon Symphony and Portland Opera. 

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit  

Wine pioneer Susan Sokol Blosser to discuss new book at Linfield  

Susan Sokol Blosser, a pioneer in Oregon’s wine industry, will discuss her new book in a conversation at Linfield College. 

Blosser, co-founder of Sokol Blosser Winery, will talk about her new book “The Vineyard Years: A Memoir with Recipes” on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College. 

She will be joined by the second generation of the family business—Alison Sokol Blosser, now the CEO and co-president of Sokol Blosser Winery. The conversation will be led by Jeff Peterson, associate professor of sociology and director of the Linfield Center for the Northwest.  

Blosser, a wine industry pioneer, community leader, environmental advocate and author, is a contemporary Oregon icon. When women were rarely decision makers in business or agriculture, Blosser distinguished herself in both. Sokol Blosser Winery, under her presidency, became known as one of the most innovative and respected wineries in the state. She holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Wine Board and was the first non-Californian woman inducted into the national Women for WineSense Hall of Fame.  

This reading is a part of the “Readings at the Nick” series, sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517 or 

Paddock talk to highlight heroine who saved Norway with a lur   

Joan Haaland PaddockJoan Paddock, professor of music, will demonstrate the lur, an obscure Scandinavian trumpet, and share the story of heroine Prillar Guri in an upcoming event as part of the Linfield College Faculty Lecture Series.  

Paddock will present “The Lur of Prillar Guri” on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall at Linfield.  

In 1612, Scottish mercenaries invaded Norway and journeyed east to join Swedish forces in the Kalmar War against the Danish-Norse kingdom, destroying all in their path. It was unclear who could stop them until a haunting sound made by a young woman with a type of wooden trumpet called a “lur” saved her people.  

Paddock will discuss the background and construction of the lur, as well as share the story of the heroine, Prillar Guri, who sounded the lur to save her people from Scottish invasion during the Kalmar War in 1612 at the Battle of Kringen. 

Paddock, at Linfield since 1994, is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University. Paddock received the Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Norway, and studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. She is a trumpeter with Halcyon Trio Oregon, a Bach Trumpet Clinician for the Selmer Music Corporation, a 27-year member of the trumpet section with Oregon’s Britt Festival Orchestra and an “on call” trumpeter with the Oregon Symphony and Portland Opera.   

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month. For more information, call 503-883-2409.  

Artist Antonio Martorell presents ‘Rain/Lluvia’ at the Linfield Gallery  

art by Antonio MartorellThe work of visiting artist Antonio Martorell of Puerto Rico, “Rain/Lluvia,” will be exhibited through Saturday, Nov. 18, at Linfield Gallery.  

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit Linfield Gallery at 

Upcoming lecture to focus on using science to think about music 

Elizabeth MargulisAn upcoming lecture will explore the bridge between music, science and psychology. 

Elizabeth Margulis, a professor and director of the music cognition lab at the University of Arkansas, will present “Using Science to Think About Music” on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield College. 

Margulis’ lecture will connect multiple disciplines and departments at Linfield, particularly music, psychology, theatre and communication arts and education. 

Margulis’ book, “On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind,” won the Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory and the Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award from the American Society for Composer, Authors, and Publishers. Her newest book, “The Psychology of Music: A Very Short Introduction,” will be published in the near future by the Oxford University Press. In 2016 she was recognized as a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. Her current cross-cultural work on narrative perceptions of music is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. 

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Anna Song at 503-883-2406 or 

Community News 

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, professor of English, had an article published in Counterpunch: 

Greg Jones, director of wine education and professor, was quoted in a national story about winemakers warming to the reality of climate change: 

Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English, has a short story in Moss: 

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