Linfield Reports, 4/1/13


Jill TimmonsJill Timmons, Linfield College professor emerita of music, will share insights on crafting a successful music career Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Timmons will talk about her new book, The Musician’s Journey: Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan, which will be released March 19. The book focuses on building a career as a music artist by combining philosophical questions with practical advice and training. She will share personal insights about her processes writing the book and how she built her own career.

Timmons served as a professor at Linfield for more than three decades, from 1981 to 2012. She remains actively involved in mentoring students and recording her own music. A leading consultant in arts management, Timmons’ firm, Artsmentor LLC, has helped countless music organizations and individual artists meet the challenges of today’s market. She has performed as a pianist under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts and the United States Information Agency, and has been heard on National Public Radio. She has toured in concerts throughout the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Australia, France, Spain and Chile.

The reading is sponsored by the Linfield Music Department and Nicholson Library. For more information, call ext. 2517,



Crow's Shadow Institute of the ArtsThe Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) will be the focus of an exhibit and lecture as part of the Lacroute Art Series at Linfield College.

Printmaker Frank Janzen will speak on “Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts: History and Artistic Endeavors” Wednesday, April 3, at 5 p.m. in 127 Nicholson Library. In addition, Crow’s Shadow Selected Print Exhibition will be held April 2-27 in the Linfield Studio Gallery. This exhibition will include artists Pat Boas, James Lavadour, and Wendy Red Star. It was curated by Cris Moss, Linfield gallery director.

Janzen became CSIA’s first full-time resident master printer in 2001. He is an artist, working mainly in printmaking and painting, and has collaborated with numerous artists in the U.S., Canada and South Africa in the creation of limited edition lithographs. At CSIA, Janzen has collaborated with a growing list of emerging and established Native American artists, including Edgar Heap of Birds, Kay WalkingStick, Truman Lowe and others. He also teaches a range of beginning and advanced printmaking workshops intermittently throughout the year. Renowned artist James Lavadour and friends incorporated CSIA on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in 1992, with the idea of using art as a transformative tool within the Native American community.

The theme for the 2012-14 Lacroute Art Series is The Arts and Social Change, exploring the arts and how they relate to changes in society through a number of events.

The Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor. The series, sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Fund at Linfield College, is dedicated to helping the college present art events and activities for the campus and community.

For more information, call ext. 2802 or go to



Pioneer Hall at Linfield CollegeAn award-winning film documenting human rights abuses in Burma will be presented Wednesday, April 3, at 5 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall.

Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country is a 2008 Danish documentary film directed by Anders Østergaard. It follows the 2007 peaceful demonstrations against Burma’s totalitarian government, during which more than 1,000 people were killed.

The documentary was secretly filmed by one of the nation’s few remaining free journalists. The “VJ” in the title stands for “video journalists.” It received the 2009 World Cinema Documentary Film Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category in 2010.

It is sponsored by the Linfield College Political Science Department, International Programs Office and Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE). For more information, contact William McHenry at or 503-883-2477.



Tom BranigarFormer archivist Tom Branigar ’74 will present “How did I get here? Tales of a Presidential Archivist” on Thursday, April 4, at noon in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library.

Branigar was an archivist at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas, from 1977-2008. Bring a lunch and hear how Branigar took a minor in history and turned it into a career in presidential archives. Branigar also will discuss the origins of the White House Central Files under Theodore Roosevelt and the evolution of the files in the 1930s, as well as the presidential library system. For more information, call ext. 2734,




Katherine KernbergerThe journal and art of Marie Bashkirtseff, European artist and writer, will be the focus of a reading, “Marie and Her Passions,” by Katherine Kernberger on Thursday, April 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Kernberger, professor of English, will read selected passages from The Journal of Marie Bashkirtseff, and show examples of Bashkirtseff’s art. Kernberger has worked with Bashkirtseff’s journal since 1991, taking over the project from her mother after she died. Additionally, Kernberger’s translation of selections from Bashkirtseff’s 106 notebooks is now an e-book available online from Amazon and other sources.

Bashkirtseff began keeping her journal at age 14. When her hope for fame as a singer faded as the symptoms of tuberculosis appeared, she turned to art and achieved a degree of success in the annual Salons before she died of the disease at age 25. All earlier versions of the journal, based on Marie’s mother’s bowdlerized excerpts, deliver a falsified portrait of Marie, that of a young woman who appears to reflect the Victorian ideal. Kernberger’s new translation corrects this view, presenting a more assertive, self-centered and modern figure, troubled and angry about the restrictions girls and women faced, who would be more at home in today’s world than she was in her own.

The reading is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Nicholson Library. For more information, call ext. 2517, or ext. 2289,



It's a GirlLinfield will host a film screening of It’s A Girl with a follow-up discussion with film director Evan Davis Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in 110 Peterson Hall on the Portland Campus.

The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.

The screening is free and sponsored by Portland Student Life Department. For more information, call ext. 33-7561.



Frida, photo by Russell J. Young PhotographyFrida, un retablo, the story of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo whose legendary independence inspired generations of feminists, will be performed by Teatro Milagro at Linfield.

The performance will be Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall. In addition, in collaboration with the UNIDOS Bridging Community, local diversity workshops will be held April 3-5 to educate students and community members on cultural history and promote positive social change for the future. The group will work with McMinnville Library’s Intercambio/Language Exchange Program on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the Carnegie Room at the McMinnville Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Workshops will also be held at McMinnville High School and at Linfield.

The production, directed by Gabriela Portuguez, intertwines life and art in the story of one of Mexico’s most acclaimed visual artists. The rendition includes three “Fridas” – Tricia Castañeda-González Lee as Frida, Dañel Malán as the spirit of Frida and Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi as Old Frida. Daniel Moreno will play Frida’s husband, artist Diego Rivera.

Castañeda-González Lee received a degree in theatre arts from Linfield in 2009. In addition to performing with Teatro Milagro, she has worked with Defunkt Theatre, Willamette Shakespeare, Portland Playhouse and CoHo Productions.

Malán founded Teatro Milagro, the national bilingual touring company of Portland’s Miracle Theatre Group, in 1989. Teatro Milagro’s mission is to share the diversity of Latin America and advocate for global unity through theatre.

This production and the UNIDAD residency are sponsored by The Lacroute Art Series: The Arts and Social Change. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 2802 or go to



Nobel Laureate Brian SchmidtLinfield College will host Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt on Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. Schmidt, a co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, will speak about “The Accelerating Universe.”

Schmidt’s visit is part of the Oregon Nobel Laureate Symposium at Linfield, one of only five such symposia in the world, which gives students and faculty the opportunity to meet and dialogue with Nobel laureates, and includes a free lecture open to the public.

Schmidt was awarded the Nobel Prize for his shared discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. In 1998 two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over billions of years. The scientists discovered that it was accelerating, a startling discovery contrary to the then-current theory that the universe’s expansion should be slowing down. This new understanding, named Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year,” suggests that more than 70 percent of the cosmos is contained in a previously unknown form of matter, called Dark Energy. As the leader of the High-Redshift Supernova Search Team, Schmidt will describe this historic development and explain how astronomers have used observations to trace our universe back more than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.

Schmidt is a Laureate Fellow at the Mount Stromlo Observatory at Australian National University, where he continues to use exploding stars to study the universe. He is leading the observatory’s effort to build the SkyMapper telescope, a facility that will provide a comprehensive digital map of the southern sky from ultraviolet through near infrared wavelengths.

Schmidt received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1993. For more information, call John McKeegan, ext. 2408.



Tom LoveTom Love, professor of anthropology, will present “‘And we had fun, fun, fun…’ Till We Went Over the Net Energy Cliff: Cultural Aspects of the Twilight of the Petroleum Age” Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Despite optimistic headlines, industrial humanity finds itself in a predicament of converging and increasingly intractable problems such as climate change, financial collapse, biodiversity loss, crashing fish stocks, poverty and famine. The ability to manage this problem is hindered by increasingly unaffordable supplies of oil, the very lifeblood of our way of life, Love said. Easily extracted reserves of oil are being depleted, exports are drying up from the few remaining countries that continue to export, and net energy is declining. Love will address how expectations that were developed during a period of energy abundance from 1920 to 2005 might fare when confronted with the general economic contraction and social disruption already unfolding during a period of energy scarcity.

Love has been at Linfield since 1983. He teaches, writes about and researches energy and sustainability issues in the Andes and the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of the book, “Cultures of Energy: Power, Practices, Technologies,” which is available at the Linfield Bookstore; copies will be available at the lecture.

For more information, call ext. 2409.



Kim StaffordThe tragedies of death and family will be the focus of a reading by Northwest author Kim Stafford Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

The reading will feature Stafford’s newest book, 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: A Memoir, which is about his brother’s suicide. Discussing the themes of family, brotherhood and death, the memoir captures the complexities of losing a loved one. Stafford preserves his brother’s dignity and respectability by giving enough detail about his brother’s life to connect to readers but being discreet about the amount of personal information revealed. After struggling to write this story for 24 years, Stafford published his memoir in September 2012.

Stafford will talk about his writing process and sign books, which will be available at the event. He will share videos and play songs on his guitar.

Stafford is the son of William Stafford, one of Oregon’s most famous poets. Stafford attended the University of Oregon, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English as well as a doctorate in Middle English literature. Stafford is a professor at Lewis and Clark College and is also the author of more than a dozen books in multiple genres, including poetry like his father.

The event is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College English Department. For more information, call ext. 2517,



The Office of Admission will host the first of two Spring Visit Days for admitted seniors on Monday, April 8. This visit program will provide students and their parents an opportunity to decide if Linfield is the best college fit for them. Many students will be staying overnight on Sunday, April 7, and guests will lunch in Dillin from 11:30-12:30 p.m. on Monday. Faculty members are invited to join guests for lunch. For more information, contact the Office of Admission at ext. 2213 or visit the website.



Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, has been elected to the board of directors for the National Association for Campus Activities.

First C.L.A.S., one of Linfield’s week-long service-learning opportunities prior to orientation, has been featured in the March 2013 edition of Opportunity Knocks, the Center for Student Opportunity electronic newsletter.

Paulina Rodriguez ’15 was one of 20 students awarded the 2013 Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship and attended the National United States Hispanic Leadership Institute’s national conference Feb. 14-17 in Chicago, Ill.




7:30 p.m.: Jill Timmons reading, Nicholson


2 p.m.: Softball at Willamette

5 p.m.: Frank Janzen will speak on “Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts: History and Artistic Endeavors,” 127 Nicholson

5 p.m.: Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country, 219 T.J. Day


11:50 a.m.: SOAN Voices, Dillin

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

Noon: Tom Branigar ’74, “Tales of a Presidential Archivist,” Austin Reading Room, Nicholson

4:30 p.m.: Katherine Kernberger, “Marie and Her Passions,” Austin Reading Room, Nicholson


1 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

4 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Lewis & Clark

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Lewis & Clark

7 p.m.: It’s A Girl screening, 110 Peterson Hall, Portland Campus

7:30 p.m.: Frida, un retablo, Marshall Theatre


Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at NWC Spring Classic

10 a.m.: Track and field vs. Jenn Boyman Memorial Invitational

Noon: Baseball at Pacific Lutheran

Noon: Softball at George Fox

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

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


Noon: Baseball at Pacific Lutheran

Noon: Softball at George Fox

1 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Puget Sound