Linfield Reports, 2/16/15


Barbara DrakeBarbara Drake, professor emerita of English, will read from her latest work on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

The memoir, “Morning Light: Wildflowers, Night Skies, and Other Ordinary Joys of Oregon Country Life,” describes her life in western Oregon’s Yamhill Valley and the lessons and adventures that arose from living in the country. What Drake thought would be a temporary relocation turned into an appreciation and exploration of rural life. Ultimately, she and her husband decided to remain living in the rural countryside as long as possible. “Morning Light” articulates the couple’s farm life experiences, which include training herding dogs, encounters with a man who lived on their farm 80 years before, and lessons in family and natural history.

Drake taught composition and women’s studies at Michigan State University before coming to Linfield College in 1983 to teach creative writing and develop the English Department’s new creative writing major. In addition to “Morning Light,” she is the author of “Peace at Heart: an Oregon Country Life,” which was an Oregon Book Award finalist in 1999. Drake’s books of poetry include “Driving One Hundred,” “Love at the Egyptian Theatre,” “What We Say to Strangers,” “Life in a Gothic Novel,” “Bees in Wet Weather” and “Small Favors.” Her writing appears in numerous literary magazines and anthologies.

The reading is part of Linfield’s Readings at the Nick series. It is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information, call ext. 2517 or email



Linfield College foliageLinfield College will host an Ash Wednesday worship service on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at noon in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Christian observance of Lent. The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Chaplain’s Office and Chaplain’s Team. For more information, contact Chaplain David Massey at 503-883-2259,





Nordic VoicesNordic Voices, a six-member a cappella group, will perform in concert Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

The concert, sponsored by the Linfield Lively Arts Series in collaboration with Friends of Chamber Music, will feature a diverse program, including both serious and humorous works from an early to modern repertoire.

Formed in 1996, Nordic Voices is made up of six graduates from the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Opera, who, in addition to their singing backgrounds, have a broad range of experience from choral conducting to teacher training and composition. This range of interests leads them to explore a wider than usual spectrum of musical expression, from plainchant to new works commissioned from leading Norwegian composers; and from the most sacred of religious texts to the definitely profane.

Nordic Voices concerts are an unusual blend of sophisticated music-making and stylish performance, with a dash of humor. In addition to regular concerts in Oslo and around Norway, recent concert tours have included visits to Taiwan, Stockholm, cities in Germany and regular tours of the United States. Their recordings have been nominated for the Norwegian Grammy Award. Nordic Voices is supported by the Arts Council Norway and the State Department of Culture.

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music and the Linfield Lively Arts Series. Tickets are $10 at the door and free for Linfield students with current ID. For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit


Ronald HauseRonald Hause, of the University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences, will present “From Genotype to Phenotype: How to Find, Test and Predict the Effects of Mutations” during the first talk of the Spring iFOCUS Science Colloquium Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 4:10 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

Genome-wide association analyses have discovered many DNA variants that influence complex human diseases and phenotypes. The advent of next-generation sequencing has enabled the identification of large numbers of mutations across humans, many with unknown effects. Although we now excel at ascertaining variation, our ability to interpret variation remains limited. Hause will discuss three projects he’s involved with related to the identification of associations between mutations and cellular phenotypes, new approaches to experimentally test mutational effects and novel algorithms being developed to predict the functional effects or deleteriousness of mutations.
The iFOCUS Science Colloquium Series is made possible by the Hearst Foundations. For more information, contact Gina Castillo,, x2567.



Kevin Dettmar, Pomona CollegeKevin Dettmar, W.M. Keck Professor of English and department chair at Pomona College, will present “Dead Poets Society and the Corpus That Talks Back” Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library.

Dettmar will discuss the film “Dead Poets Society” as the best known example in American culture of what humanities teaching should look like at the college level − and what a very bad model it provides. In the film, Mr. Keating (played by Robin Williams) exploits the prep school’s cult of personality, making the lessons more about himself than about poetry.

Dettmar holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis; a postgraduate diploma from Trinity College; and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. With a Ph.D. in modern British literature from UCLA, Dettmar taught at Loyola Marymount University, Clemson University, Columbia University, and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, before coming to Pomona in 2008.

A scholar of literary modernism by vocation, he has published widely on 20th century and contemporary British and Irish fiction. His first book, “The Illicit Joyce of Postmodernism: Reading Against the Grain,” was published in 1996. He has edited three volumes of critical essays on modernism and currently serves as general editor for the “Longman Anthology of British Literature,” a classroom text, and as series editor, with Mark Wollaeger, of the Oxford University Press series Modernist Literature & Culture. He is past president of the Modernist Studies Association and the Midwest Modern Language Association. With William S. Brockman and Robert Spoo, he is currently compiling a three-volume edition of the nearly 2,000 unpublished letters of James Joyce for Oxford University Press.

While a literary scholar by training, Dettmar has become a popular music critic by avocation. In 1999, he edited “Reading Rock & Roll: Authenticity, Appropriation, Aesthetics” with William Richey. “Is Rock Dead?” followed in 2006; he also edited the “Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan” (2009). He has served on the executive committee of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, U.S. Branch, and served a term as the editor-in-chief of the Association’s “Journal of Popular Music Studies.” His most recent book, a volume in the Continuum/Bloomsbury series 33⅓, is on Gang of Four’s 1979 debut album, Entertainment!

The lecture is sponsored by PLACE. For more information, contact Jesus Ilundain at, ext. 2362.



LInfield Concert ChoirMembers of the Linfield College Concert Choir will present the final concert from their Hawaiian tour Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

The choir took part in a six-day concert tour throughout Oahu, Hawaii, Feb. 3-8, where they performed for and interacted with various communities along the way, sharing music, providing service and engaging in cultural exchange. The program at Linfield, under the direction of Anna Song, assistant professor of music, will encompass a wide variety of tour music including songs from New Zealand, Latvia, and Hawaii, along with works by Britten, Handel, Finzi and Hassler.

“The choir tour supports Linfield’s mission to connect learning, life and community,” said Faun Tiedge, Linfield Department of Music chair. “With music, we hope to share our appreciation for the people we meet and the places we visit in beautiful Hawaii. There are many students at Linfield who call Hawaii home.”

The Linfield College Concert Choir is the premier choral organization at Linfield. This select group of 40-50 voices was the first such ensemble in the Pacific Northwest and has toured every year since its formation in 1930, traveling throughout the western states, Hawaii, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, China, Southeast Asia and Costa Rica. The choir has also performed at state, regional and international conferences.

Song joined the Linfield music faculty in 2008. She holds a master of music in conducting from the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University and recently completed her doctoral studies in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to teaching at Linfield, she is co-founder and Artistic Director of In Mulieribus, a professional women’s ensemble that focuses on the performance of early music. The ensemble is regularly featured on national radio programs such as Performance Today and presents their own concert series in Portland.

For more information, contact the Linfield Music Department, ext. 2275 or visit



Nils LouTwo art exhibitions and a dedication honor the life and career of the late professor emeritus Nils Lou.

“Collections, Colleagues and Play,” featuring selected pieces on loan from Lou’s extensive catalog of ceramic vessels, sculptures, paintings and drawings, is on display through March 14 in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center.

A dedication of an exhibition space, the former studio gallery, along with a reception, will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. in the new space. During the ceremony, a plaque will be unveiled. In conjunction with the dedication and show, a second art exhibit featuring work by Linfield faculty in honor of Lou, is in the Linfield Gallery.

“Nils’ positive influence on hundreds of students and fellow artists is incalculable as is his place in contemporary ceramic history,” said Cindy Hoskisson, ceramic artist and adjunct professor of ceramics.

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 ext. 2804 or visit



Linfield College footballTwo Sports Illustrated writers, a Portland-based professional sports agent and a World Series-winning former major league baseball player will be featured at a Sports Journalism Symposium at Linfield College Thursday, Feb. 26.

The group will discuss a range of current issues in sports coverage during an evening panel presentation. Participants will also visit classes and meet informally with students throughout the day.

The panel will be at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. It will last about an hour with time devoted to audience questions. “Let Them Wear Towels” will be shown at noon the same day in 201 Riley Hall.

The panelists are: Chris Ballard, senior writer at Sports Illustrated; Scott Brosius, a former MLB player and Linfield baseball coach; Lindsay Kagawa Colas, a sports agent from Portland whose clients include major WNBA players and Olympians; and Lindsay Schnell, an SI writer and former Oregonian sportswriter.

In addition, the ESPN documentary “Let Them Wear Towels” will be screened earlier in the day and a discussion will follow. The film was produced as part of ESPN’s “Nine for IX” series on Title IX. Produced, directed and written by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, it documents the issues of access that women sportswriters confronted in covering sports in which they were not allowed in locker rooms after games while male sportswriters were given access. Schnell will discuss the film and her experiences following its showing. It includes interviews with Melissa Ludtke of SI, Claire Smith, Lesley Visser and Christine Brennan.

Other films by Sundberg and Stern include “Knuckleball,” “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” (2010 Sundance Film Festival Winner: U.S. Documentary Best Editing), and the 2008 Gotham- and Emmy-nominated “The Devil Came on Horseback.”

Sponsors of the events are the Mass Communication Department, Nicholson Library, the Sport Management program and its allied departments, with additional funding from the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Professor Brad Thompson, ext. 2291.



Anton Belov, assistant professor of music, will appear as a soloist with the Salem Chamber Orchestra in the performance of Brahms’s German Requiem on March 21-22 and as a soloist with the Eugene Concert Choir in the performance of Mozart’s Requiem. In addition, Belov and Albert Kim, assistant professor of music, will perform  a recital at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Shanai Lechtenberg, assistant director of academic advising, served as a faculty member at the Assessment of Academic Advising Institute sponsored by NACADA (The Global Community for Academic Advising).  The institute was held Feb 12-14 in Orlando, Fla.  Advising professionals attend the institute to develop effective academic advising programs to implement on their campuses.

Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, and Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts, each received a Certificate of Merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for their work in the fall production of “Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom” by Jennifer Haley. Gupton’s award recognized direction and Marshall’s recognized scenic design.

Photography by Araceli Ortiz ’09, acting associate director of financial aid, Portland Campus, “La vida en la costa,” is featured in the February show in the Loveridge Gallery on the Portland Campus.




7:30 p.m.: Barbara Drake reading, Nicholson Library


All Day: Linfield hosts the West Valley League High School Choral Festival

Noon: Ash Wednesday service, Jonasson Hall

7:30 p.m.: Nordic Voices, Ice Auditorium


2 p.m.:
Softball at La Verne

4:10 p.m.: Ronald Hause, “From Genotype to Phenotype,” 105 Murdock Hall

7 p.m.: Devin Dettmar, “Dead Poets Society and the Corpus That Talks Back,” Nicholson Library


Deadline to submit January Term ’16 and semester abroad 2015-16 applications

Noon: Softball at Cal Lutheran

6 p.m.: Women’s basketball vs. Willamette

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. Willamette


11 a.m.:
Baseball vs. Pacific Lutheran

1 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Pacific Lutheran

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Pacific Lutheran

3 p.m.: Nils Lou exhibit reception, dedication, Miller Fine Arts Center

4 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Lewis & Clark

6 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Lewis & Clark

7:30 p.m.: Choir tour home concert, Ice Auditorium


10 a.m.:
Women’s tennis at Puget Sound

10 a.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Puget Sound

Noon: Softball at Occidental

Noon: Baseball vs. Pacific Lutheran