Linfield Reports, 2/20/12


Noted historian Richard W. Etulain, the 2012 Linfield College Ericksen lecturer, will present two upcoming talks at Linfield.

Etulain, professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico, will present “With Malice Toward None” on Monday, Feb. 20, at 3:30 in T.J. Day Hall 219. His talk will focus on Lincoln’s vision for post-Civil War political reconciliation, based on Etulain’s forthcoming book on Lincoln and also drawing on a presentation for the Oregon Humanities “Conversation Project,” with which he is affiliated.

Etulain will also present the annual Ericksen lecture, “Wallace Stegner: Wise Man of the American West,” Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

Etulain, an award-winning author and speaker, specializes in the history and culture of the American West, the modern U.S. and Abraham Lincoln. He is the author or editor of more than 45 books including “Conversations: Wallace Stegner on History and Literature.” Wallace Stegner, who died in 1993, was an American historian, author and environmentalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1972.

Etulain has been involved in public humanities and historical programs for nearly four decades. Originally a high school instructor of social studies and English, he completed a doctorate and spent the next 35 years as a classroom instructor in history, English and American Studies at Northwest Nazarene College (now University), Idaho State University and the University of New Mexico. Etulain has served on state humanities boards in Idaho and New Mexico, and received New Mexico’s annual Outstanding Humanist Award. He has lectured in several countries including as a Fulbright lecturer in the Ukraine in 2004. Etulain holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

The lectures are sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund and are free and open to the public. Ericksen, professor emeritus of English at Linfield, created the endowment in memory of his wife, Donna, a Linfield alumna, who taught reading, writing and English in the Hillsboro School District for 25 years. The endowment allows the English Department to bring speakers to campus for several days to work with faculty and students and to present a public lecture. For more information, call 503-883-2210.



Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts will present “Owning What You Know,” a lecture about “truthiness” in the media, Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Since 1994, Pitts has penned a syndicated column of commentary on pop culture, social issues and family life. Now, twice each week, millions of newspaper readers around the country seek out his rich and uncommonly resonant voice. In a word, he connects with them.

His book, Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood, was released in May 1999 and reissued in paperback in June 2006. His critically-acclaimed first novel, Before I Forget, was released in 2009, and a collection of his columns, Forward From This Moment, was published that same year.

Pitts’ work has appeared in such publications as Musician, Spin, Reader’s Digest and Parenting. He wrote, produced and syndicated Who We Are, an award-winning 1988 radio documentary about the history of Black America, and has written and produced numerous other radio programs on subjects as diverse as Madonna and Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2004, Pitts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. In 2009 and 2002, GLAAD Media awarded Pitts the Outstanding Newspaper Columnist award. In 2002, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists awarded Pitts its inaugural Columnist of the Year award. Other recognitions include the prestigious ASNE Award for Commentary Writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Feature of the Year ̶ Columnist award from Editor and Publisher magazine, both in 2001.

The Linfield lecture, held in honor of Black History Month, is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Nicholson Library, Department of Mass Communications, President’s Office, Student Affairs and Multicultural Programs. For event information, call 503-883-2202.



The Linfield College Science Colloquium will feature a presentation and panel discussion on engineering careers Thursday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall. Panelists include Bill Emery ’98, principal mechanical engineer for Perceptive Pixel; Justin Johnson ’05, environmental engineer for Bonneville Power Administration; and Taylor Streng ’06, mechanical engineer for Electro-scientific Industries. For more information, contact Jennifer Heath at 503-883-2267,



The Linfield Chamber Orchestra will feature celebrated organist Craig Cramer on Friday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. Cramer will present a pre-concert discussion at 7 p.m., and a reception will follow the concert, both in Jonasson Hall.

Cramer will perform on Linfield’s Alice Clement Memorial Organ, built in 1969 with resonant tones produced by more than 2,300 pipes and three divisions.

Professor of organ at Notre Dame in Indiana, Cramer performs in cathedrals and concert halls throughout the world, and is a frequent guest on American Public Radio. In the U.S., he has performed in 46 states and been named winner of a national organ recital competition, the Fort Wayne Competition. He is featured on 15 CD recordings.

The “Revelation and Interpretation Concert” selections will include work by Johann Christian Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Ethel Smyth and contemporary composers Joel Martinson and Toni Zahnbrecher. This is not the first time Cramer has celebrated the music of baroque composer J.S. Bach. In 2000 he performed a series of all-Bach recitals in 38 cities across the U.S. and Europe.

Single reserved tickets are $27. General admission is $20, and $5 for students K-12. For more information, contact 503-833-2637 or



The Linfield College Music Department will present a faculty recital featuring guitarist Pamela Goldsmith and guest pianist Rhonda Ringering Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

Goldsmith, award-winning guitarist and adjunct professor of music at Linfield, will perform on classical guitar. She will play solo classical guitar works by Villa-Lobos and Lauro. Goldsmith currently teaches private and group classes at Linfield, is a guitar instructor at the St. Johns Community Center and maintains a private teaching studio. She received a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar studies from the University of Maine in Orono and a master’s in classical guitar performance from Portland State University.

Ringering and Goldsmith will perform contemporary guitar and piano works by Oregon composers Dave Deason and Jason Heald. Ringering is a solo and collaborative performer of both classical and jazz piano venues. She has appeared several times with Oregon Chamber Players and is a member of the Ringering/Wheeler piano duo with pianist Molly Wheeler, a 1997 graduate of Linfield. Ringering received her bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla University and her master’s from Boston University.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275.



A screening of the film “Miss Representation” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield College. The viewing will be followed by a panel discussion.

The film addresses the relationship between mainstream media and the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in the U.S.

A panel discussion regarding the issues in the film will be moderated by Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, associate professor of English and co-coordinator of the gender studies program. Panelists will include Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science; Dawn Nowacki, professor of political science; Jennifer Linder, associate professor of psychology; and Mary Stern, Yamhill County commissioner.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amy Orr, professor of sociology, at



Richard H. Waring, distinguished emeritus professor of forest ecology at Oregon State University, will speak on the effects of climate change Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Waring will present “Effects of Climate Change on our Forests and Options for the Future.” He is the author of numerous publications, including “Forest Ecosystems: Concepts and Management.” His research focuses on environmental change on forest productivity and biodiversity across landscapes and regions.

Waring began his distinguished career as a research assistant at the Quetico-Superior Wilderness Research Center in 1953. He went on to earn a master’s degree in forestry from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in botany with a minor in soils from the University of California, Berkeley, joining the faculty at OSU in 1963. In addition to working within the OSU School of Forestry until 2001, Waring worked with NASA and conducted research during sabbaticals in Canberra, Australia, Edinburgh, Scotland, Innsbruck, Austria, and Uppsala, Sweden.

The lecture is sponsored by the Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds Lectureship Fund. It honors Dirks-Edmunds, a professor of biology at Linfield from 1941 to 1974. The endowment is used to bring 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. For more information, call 503-883-2221.



Community members are invited to enroll in KidFit, an after-school program promoting good nutrition and physical activities for ages 7-17.

KidFit will be held March 1 through April 26, Mondays and Thursdays, from 3:45-5:45 p.m. in 112 HHPA. Cost is $20 and scholarships are available. Register Friday, Feb. 24, 4-6 p.m. in 112 HHPA or email




3:30 p.m.: Richard Etulain, “With Malice Toward None,” 219 T.J. Day


Today through Saturday: Men’s and women’s NWC basketball playoffs and championship

11:30 a.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

11:30 a.m.: German conversation table, Dillin

Noon: ASL table, Dillin

5 p.m.: Wellness table, 124 Walker

7:30 p.m.: Richard Etulain, “Wallace Stegner: Wise Man of the American West,” Nicholson


11:50 a.m.: Voices, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

Noon: Chinese language table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Japanese language table, 304 Walker

7:30 p.m.: Leonard Pitts, “Owning What You Know,” Ice


11:30 a.m.: Japanese language table, Dillin

Noon: Video showing, January Term Career Exploration: The Wine Industry Lens, 124 Walker

Noon: French language table, Dillin

7 p.m.: LCO pre-concert lecture, Ice

8 p.m.: Linfield Chamber Orchestra, Ice


7 p.m.: Faculty recital, Delkin