Linfield Reports, 4/16/12


Celebrate the many ways that Linfield alumni contribute to the success of the college and its students during Alumni Appreciation Week April 16-20. Each day of the week, the Linfield website will highlight a different aspect of alumni involvement. Visit the alumni appreciation website daily or follow Linfield College on Facebook to learn more about some of the alumni who make Linfield the college it has become.





Michael Barnett, university professor of international affairs and political science at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, will speak about his most recent book, Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism, on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Barnett will argue that humanitarianism is not just an abstract ideal but rather a “creature of the world it aspires to civilize.” He has published widely on international relations theory, global governance, humanitarian action and the Middle East. His critically acclaimed book, Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism, was listed as one of the books of the year by Foreign Affairs magazine. An earlier book, Eyewitness to a Genocide, was based in part on his experience as a political officer at the U.S. mission to the United Nations from 1993 to 1994, during the Rwandan genocide.

Barnett is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has received many grants and awards for his research. He has previously taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, Macalester College, Wellesley College and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He most recently served as the Harold Stassen Chair of International Relations and professor of political science at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

For information, contact Patrick Cottrell, or 503-883-2477.



The Office of Admission will host a second Spring Visit Day, Monday, April 16, during which Linfield will welcome admitted students and their families to campus. The visit program will provide students and their parents an opportunity to decide if Linfield is the best college fit for them. Some students stayed overnight Sunday, April 15.





Celebrate the opening of the Linfield Archives on Tuesday, April 17, from 4-6 p.m. in the Reading Room in Nicholson Library.

Enjoy regional wine paired with appetizers inspired by the Ponzi Vineyards Cookbook, provided by Community Plate. Meet Rachael Woody, new Linfield archivist, and tour the collection space with highlights of student work on display from the Oregon Wine History Archive, Linfield College-Good Samaritan School of Nursing collection and the Mike Barrow collection.

For more information, call Woody at 503-883-2734.



David Wolman, author, award-winning journalist and a contributing editor for Wired magazine, will speak on “Digital Dissidents: Inside Egypt’s Youth Movement, 2008-2012” Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield.

Two and a half years before there was anything called the “Arab Spring,” Wolman traveled to Egypt to research and write about tech-savvy dissidents protesting against the Mubarak regime. Those same activists went on to play a central role in organizing the revolution that began on January 25, 2011. Wolman will share stories about his reporting, both from 2008 and during two trips in 2011, and discuss the roles of social media in recent uprisings from Cairo to California.

Wolman’s 2008 story was one of the earliest pieces of journalism about the conflict, before the movement came to be known as the “Arab Spring.” He followed that with his e-book, The Instigators, published May 2011.

Wolman, a graduate of Stanford University’s journalism program, is the author of three books, A Left-Hand Turn Around the World, Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email and his most recent, The End of Money, published in February 2012. He has written for a variety of publications. Wolman’s accomplishments include receiving a 2011 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship and serving as a Fulbright journalism fellow in Japan.

The event is sponsored by the Edith Green Lectureship. For information, call Dawn Nowacki, 503-883-2276.



Poet Brittney Corrigan will present a reading from her book, Navigation, Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of Nicholson Library. The presentation is part of the “Readings at the Nick” series.

Corrigan’s book, published by The Habit of Rainy Nights Press, is a collection of poems inspired by the guidance given to her by her grandfather. The poems reflect her journey of unchartered waters and unmapped lands where she must establish the way not only for herself, but for her child with autism. The book is a fluid narrative about generations and the act of generating one’s own life both inside and outside of the boundaries laid by family.

Corrigan is also the author of the chapbook 40 Weeks, scheduled to be published in July by Finishing Line Press. She has called Portland home since 1990, and is the poetry editor for the online journal Hyperlexia: poetry and prose about the autism spectrum. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She holds a degree from Reed College where she is currently the academic special events coordinator.

The reading is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the English Department. For information contact Susan Barnes Whyte, 503-883-2517 or



The Linfield College Science Colloquium will feature a presentation by Klaus Freuh of Oregon Health and Sciences University on Thursday, April 19, at 4 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall at Linfield.

For more information, contact Jennifer Heath at 503-883-2267,



Linfield College theatre students will take audience members on a rollercoaster ride of unforeseen encounters with death, relationships and technology in the upcoming production, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.”

The production will be performed April 19-21 at 7:30 p.m., in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” written by Sarah Ruhl, is a thought-provoking comedy about the human capacity to connect. The story begins with a woman, Jean, sitting in a café when a cell phone rings. As the man across the way ignores his ringing phone, Jean grows quietly outraged and answers it. She soon finds out the man is dead and she has become the last link between him and the people in his life. Interacting with his overbearing mother, emotionally estranged wife, mysterious mistress, lonely brother and sinister career associate, Jean develops a desire to bring them comfort even when it means lying. Through her attempt to bring redemption to the man, Jean is forced to confront her own assumptions about morality and her need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

According to Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts who directs the play, the production will explore the way technology touches everyday life.

The cast consists of 11 members in addition to several Linfield students participating in the design elements, including juniors Laura Haspel and Chris Forrer; and seniors Katie Grainey, Will Bailey and Ebonee Atkins.

Cast members include freshman Nicholas Granato; juniors Paige Keith, Jacob Priester and Daphne Dossett; and seniors Bailey Anne Maxwell and Grace Beckett. The dance ensemble includes freshmen Allison Halley and Daniel Bradley; sophomores Timothy Marl and Whitney Weber; and senior Kanon Havens. Scenic design is by Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts. Stage management is by junior Meagan Gear. Costume design is by Alethia Moore-Del Monaco, instructional associate, costume designer and shop manager. Sound design and technical direction is by Rob Vaughn, instructional associate and theatre technical director.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at, by phone or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open April 21 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. The box office is closed Mondays.

For more information, call 503-883-2292.



The Linfield Concert Choir will host the second annual Choir Clinic for elementary and middle school students, grades 3-8, Friday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield.

Participants will learn about music through rhythm activities and games, working with Linfield College Choir members and Professor Anna Song in both small and large groups. The day will conclude with a concert at 5 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Cost is $25 and includes lunch and snacks. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, April 18. For more information, contact Song at or 503-883-2406.



Nationally renowned marine biologist and activist Wallace J. Nichols will speak on environmental issues tied to the ocean on Monday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at Linfield.

Nichols, a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences, will present “Get Your BLUEMiND On: Exploring the Neuroscience of Our Emotional Connection to Water, the Sea and Our Natural World.”

Nichols’ projects and philosophy incorporate participatory science, social networking/community organizing and creative communication to inspire a healthier relationship with the sea.

In 1999, Nichols co-founded the Grupo Tortuguero, an international grassroots movement dedicated to restoring Pacific sea turtles and to sustainable management of ocean fisheries. He co-founded and for five years co-directed WiLDCOAST, an international conservation team dedicated to the protection of coastal wilderness where he and a diverse group of partners organized fishermen to protect endangered sea turtles and helped coastal ranchers protect their shores for future generations. In 2003, Nichols and eight others trekked 1,900 km along the coast from Oregon to Mexico to bring attention to coastal and ocean issues. He also spearheads the Ocean Revolution, a program that inspires, involves and mentors the next generation of ocean conservation leaders.

Most recently, Nichols has focused on connecting ocean science and cognitive science through BLUEMiND: The Mind and Ocean Initiative and the emerging field he calls ‘neuro-conservation.’ Mapping how brains work in response to certain events, for example looking at the sea, will help people understand how and why we love the experience. He also founded the Blue Marbles Project, a non-profit effort that is committed to using the blue marble as a metaphor for our planet. The project aims to pass a blue marble through every person’s hand on earth, with a simple message of gratitude along with it.

Currently, Nichols works with several universities and organizations to advance ocean protection, including California Academy of Sciences as a Research Associate. He is active on a global bycatch study with Duke University and Blue Ocean Institute, and has worked with Turtle Island Restoration Network, Biosphere Foundation, Animal Alliance, Coastwalk, Drylands Institute, Oceana and Reef Protection International. For two years he served as senior research scientist at the Ocean Conservancy.

Nichols earned an MEM in environmental policy and economics from Duke University’s Nicholas School and a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology and evolutionary biology from University of Arizona. The event is sponsored by the T.J. Day Interdisciplinary Initiative Fund. Collaborating Linfield departments include philosophy, English, psychology, history, biology and environmental studies. For information, call 503-883-2362.



Eric Maskin, co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, will be the keynote speaker at the Oregon Nobel Laureate Symposium. The public is invited to the free lecture, held Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

In his “Mechanism Design: How to Implement Social Goals” presentation, Maskin will offer a nontechnical discussion of how society can design a mechanism or institution for achieving social or economic goals.

Maskin’s 2007 Nobel prize was awarded for groundbreaking work in the development of an economic theory known as mechanism design. The theory currently plays a central role in economics and politics. For example, it can help frame discussions of which voting methods are most likely to promote democratic values or how markets can most efficiently operate. It can also add insight to discussions of government intervention in the health care market.

Instead of starting with a situation and trying to predict the outcome it leads to, market design economists start with the outcome they want and try to create a scenario ― the “game” in game theory ― that gives rise to that outcome. Unlike the vast majority of economics, which studies markets and world conditions as they are, Maskin explores how markets could be created or tweaked to achieve social goals.

Maskin’s early work, begun in the 1970s, addressed the question of how one can devise procedures that will help society make the best choice from among a set of alternatives. Influenced by his work, a vast literature has since evolved.

He is the author of more than 100 papers on topics such as accountability in government, government spending limits, the causes of inequality, competition among firms, wage inequality and majority rule in political elections, among many other topics. He provided commentary on the current recession, asserting that economic theory did a good job of predicting the financial crisis, but few people were paying attention.

Maskin has made significant contributions to game theory, contract theory, social choice theory and political economy. He is president of the Game Theory Society, director of the Jerusalem School in Economic Theory, and a former president of the Econometric Society. He has served as editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Economics Letters and the Economic Theory Series, and as associate editor for numerous journals.

Maskin teaches at Harvard University, and previously taught at MIT and Princeton University. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of numerous academies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, British Academy and European Economic Association.

For information, contact John McKeegan at 503-883-2408.



The Linfield College Concert Band will perform its annual spring concert “Of Heart and Home” on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music and director of instrumental activities, the concert band will perform a variety of music including “Wizard of Oz” and pieces by Grainger, Shostakovich and Camphouse, among others. The band will be joined by senior vocal soloists Kayla Wilkens and Chelsea Janzen and will be accompanied by the Wildcat Men’s Glee Club, directed by Anna Song, assistant professor of music and choral director. Anton Belov, assistant professor of music, will perform as a special guest with the Men’s Glee Club. Student conductors will take the stage including senior Kaia Machalek, clarinet; and juniors Jenny Morgan, clarinet, and Reveca Primachenko, voice.

Recognition will be given to graduating seniors Wilkens, voice; Janzen, voice; Machalek, clarinet; Sarah Wilder, flute; Alison Bouchard, clarinet; Amanda Summers, oboe; and Alex Fitch, percussion.

For more information, call 503-883-2275.



David Price, professor of anthropology and sociology at Saint Martin’s University, will present “Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State” on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

The talk will trace some of anthropology’s historical roots, including links to colonial, military and intelligence projects, then focus on a range of post-9/11 developments from Human Terrain to CIA campus centers and CIA-linked funding opportunities, and end with comments about future changes.

Price has developed an ambitious and innovative project examining the uneasy relationship between professional anthropologists and various agencies of the United States government since WWII and the Cold War/McCarthy era. According to Price, even as some prominent anthropologists and the American Anthropological Association were complicit with the government’s threats to academic freedom, government agencies largely neglected anthropological insights and selectively gleaned ethnographic knowledge as part of various military and intelligence efforts.

Price is the author of Threatening Anthropology: McCarthyism and the FBI’s Surveillance of Activist Anthropologists and Anthropological Intelligence: The Use and Neglect of American Anthropology During the Second World War.

Price teaches a variety of anthropology classes and has been at Saint Martin’s University since 1994. A graduate of McMinnville High School, he received a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in 1983, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1985 and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1993. He has conducted cultural anthropological and archaeological fieldwork and research in Yemen, Israel, Egypt and the Pacific Northwest.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield Department of Sociology and Anthropology. For more information, contact Tom Love, or 503-883-2504.




All week: Alumni Appreciation Week

Today: Spring Visit Day

7 p.m.: Michael Barnett lecture, Ice


4 p.m.: Linfield Archives opening reception, Nicholson

7 p.m.: David Wolman, “Digital Dissidents: Inside Egypt’s Youth Movement, 2008-2012,” Ice


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

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

Noon: ASL table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Brittney Corrigan reading, Nicholson


11:50 a.m.: Voices, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

Noon: Chinese language table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Klaus Freuh, Science Colloquium, 105 Murdock

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

7:30 p.m.: “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Marshall Theatre


Today and tomorrow: Men’s tennis at NWC championships

10 a.m.: Youth Choir Clinic, Bull

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

Noon: French language table, Dillin

2 p.m.: Track and field at NWC championships

7:30 p.m.: “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Marshall Theatre


Today and tomorrow: Men’s golf at NWC championships

Today and tomorrow: Women’s golf at NWC championships

Today and tomorrow: Women’s tennis at Northwest conference Tournament

TBA: Softball at NWC tournament

Noon: Track and field at NWC championships

Noon: Baseball at George Fox

7:30 p.m.: “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Marshall Theatre


TBA: Softball at NWC tournament

1 p.m.: Baseball at George Fox