Linfield Reports, 4/20/15


Sustainability at Linfield CollegeLinfield will host a variety of activities to celebrate Earth Week April 20-25. Activities include speakers, games, a stuff swap and a barbecue featuring local foods. Throughout the week, an energy conservation competition will be held between residence halls.

Earth Week is designed to spread awareness of the impacts of our lifestyle on the environment and offer events for people to participate and realize how easy a sustainable lifestyle is to achieve. Learn how you can apply the sustainability ideas you learn in this one week to the other 51 weeks of the year, and possibly earn a few prizes for the sustainable practices you do already.

Activities are sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Associated Students of Linfield College, Sustainability Council, Greenfield and the Linfield Garden. Visit for more information. And follow The office of Sustainability on twitter (@sustycats) and facebook (Linfield Sustainability).



Christopher BrowningChristopher Browning, one of the world’s most distinguished historians of the Holocaust, will speak Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Browning, the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History emeritus at the University of North Carolina, will present “Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony: The Case of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps.” His research focuses on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. He has written extensively about three issues: first, Nazi decision- and policy-making in regard to the origins of the Final Solution; second, the behavior and motives of various middle- and lower-echelon personnel involved in implementing Nazi Jewish policy; and third, the use of survivor testimony to explore Jewish responses and survival strategies.

Among his many influential publications are “Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland,” “The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939-March 1942,” “Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers” and “Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp.”

Browning holds a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The lecture is sponsored by the Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lecture. For more information, contact Scott Smith, ext. 2281 or



Poet Linda BierdsAcclaimed poet Linda Bierds, professor of creative writing at the University of Washington, will read from her latest book of poems, “Roget’s Illusion,” on Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

This event is part of the Readings at the Nick series.

“Roget’s Illusion” explores impressions from the optical to the metaphoric and features historical characters such as author Virginia Woolf, scientist Michael Faraday and naturalist Georg Steller. Bierds’ interest in history, art and science creates the basis for most of her poems, which are focused on the lives of others. Published in 2014, it is Bierds’ ninth book of poetry and one of ten nominations from the National Book Awards of 2014.

Bierds has received numerous awards for her work, including the PEN/West Poetry Award, two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, four Pushcart Prizes, the Consuelo Ford Award from the Poetry Society of America and more. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Smithsonian and Poetry. She has taught English and writing at the University of Washington since 1989.

The reading is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at ext. 2517,



Linfield College foliageRob Williams, an emergency room physician, will discuss his experiences with Doctors Without Borders during the iFOCUS Science Colloquium Lectures Series on Thursday, April 23, at 4:15 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

Williams’ humanitarian work includes missions in Syria, Turkey, Africa and the Philippines. In addition to talking about his own experiences, he will present about the history and structure of the organization. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He took a year off of medical school and got his master’s in public health from Harvard. He completed a residency at Yale in pediatric medicine and a second residency at New York University in emergency medicine.

For more information, contact or visit



Tuition Free Day at Linfield CollegeTuition Free Day, hosted by the Student Alumni Association, will be celebrated Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

This year’s celebration will feature a panel discussion on the importance of philanthropy, secrets to success after graduation and life after Linfield. Students are invited to network with panelists at a reception following the panel. Panelists include Samantha Bartlett ’09, who works at U.S. Bank and is a member of the Linfield Rising Alumni President’s Circle leadership Team; Kirby Dyess ’68, principal at Austin Capital Management, and former member of the Linfield Board of Trustees; and Dave Baca ’78, managing partner at Davis Wright Tremaine law firm and a current member of the Linfield Board of Trustees.

Tuition and fees cover 86 percent of the cost of a Linfield education. Donor support helps to cover the difference. April 23 represents the approximate point, 86 percent of the way through the school year, when revenue from tuition and fees no longer cover educational costs. From this day forward, tuition is “free,” thanks to generous donors.



Senegal exhibit, Linfield Anthropology MuseumAn exhibit featuring clothing from Senegal, “Beauty in West Africa,” will kick off with an opening reception Thursday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. in the foyer of Walker Hall. The exhibit will run until June 2 at the Linfield College Anthropology Museum.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore clothing articles from Dakar, Senegal, from the private collection of Linfield senior Kathleen Greaver. The pieces include clothing worn in a variety of settings ranging from casual to formal. This exhibit is in conjunction with a paper that discusses identity, globalization and cultural capital in the context of women’s clothing in Dakar.

The exhibit, sponsored by the Linfield Anthropology Museum, is part of the ongoing effort by the Linfield museum to explore the rich cultural heritage of Oregon and the Northwest.

Senegal is not traditionally known for its sculptures and tribal masks; instead, adornments were historically and are still valued culturally as an expression of beauty, or art. Indeed, the practice of body adornment is considered art in this region of West Africa. Sañse is the concept of presenting oneself well in this region and is very important, especially to women of this area. Gold jewelry, tattooing and vibrant clothing are all external markers of status and beauty in many ethnic groups in the Senegambian region. Cloth has had a unique cultural significance in the area, and it is given as gifts at life-cycle events such as baptisms and weddings. The giving of such gifts have been, and continue to be, used to strengthen alliances between family and friends. These cloths are transformed into clothing, or they are used to swaddle children.

Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, until June 2. For more information, contact Greaver at



Wine glassesTwo wine workshops geared for the beginning wine enthusiast will be held in April and May at Linfield.

“Wine 101” will be held Saturday, April 25, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield. This workshop will cover basic wine knowledge for the beginning wine drinker, including how grapes are grown and how wine is made, an overview of wine regions, major wine varieties and key wine terminology.

“How to Taste Wine” will be held Saturday, May 9, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall. This workshop is for the beginning wine drinker and will cover how to taste and evaluate wine, wine selection and serving tips, and tasting room etiquette.

Both workshops are limited to 25 participants each and include tastings of eight wines in a relaxed non-intimidating environment. The fee is $75 per workshop. These workshops, sponsored by Linfield’s Online and Continuing Education Program, are the first in a series of fun and informative experiences that will be offered by Linfield on an ongoing basis.

Ellen Brittan, Linfield’s new director of wine education, will lead the workshops, along with other industry experts. For more information, call or email Brittan at ext. 2218, To register, go online at



Jaimie McDonald '15Linfield College senior Jaimie McDonald will present her senior recital on Saturday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

McDonald, a soprano, will perform pieces by Mozart, Strauss, Quilter, Arensky, Duparc and Charpentier.

In addition to majoring in music, McDonald is minoring in French and media studies. She studied voice with Gwen Leonard, Natalie Gunn and Anton Belov, assistant professor of music at Linfield. She is a member of the Linfield College Concert Choir, serving as choir secretary, tour manager and soloist in the choir’s performances of Mozart’s “Requiem” in 2012 and Kodály’s “Missa Brevis” in 2013. McDonald has upcoming performances in “Don Giovanni” in Linfield’s Opera Theatre Workshop and Duruflé’s “Requiem” with the Linfield College Concert Choir.

McDonald has been active on campus as a peer advisor, student research assistant and an intern with the Oregon Wine Industry Experience program. She has studied abroad in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Vienna and Aix-en-Provence, France.

This recital is sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music. For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Frederick Law OlmstedHistorian Laurence Cotton will present the documentary, “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” on Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Following the showing, Cotton will discuss the making of the film, his research and answer questions. Cotton originated the film project and served as consulting producer to this film produced by Massachusetts-based Florentine Film/Hott Productions and presented by WNED Buffalo for PBS broadcast.

The documentary is a biography on Frederick Law Olmsted, the first to regard landscape architecture as a profession and a fine art. He was co-designer of Central Park, head of the first Yosemite commission, leader of the campaign to protect Niagara Falls, designer of the U.S. Capitol Grounds, site planner for the Great White City of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and created park systems in many other cities. To Olmsted, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. Olmsted’s efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics. Olmsted also has ties to Linfield. His stepson, John Charles Olmsted, was a major contributor to McMinnville College, now known as Linfield.

Cotton studied cultural anthropology and film at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. He joined with classmate Ken Burns to produce his first documentary, as a member of an all-student production team. Subsequently Cotton moved into the realm of international humanitarian assistance and sustainable development, working for NGOs and Harvard University-affiliated foreign policy think tanks. From that experience came a four-hour public television series focused on sustainable development in Latin America, Africa and Asia. During the early 1990s Cotton served as executive producer and host of the nationally syndicated public radio talk show Cambridge Forum. He moved to Portland in 1994 to serve as executive director of the World Affairs Council of Oregon. He was one of the planners of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial in Oregon and Washington and played a role in launching the restoration efforts for Vista House at Crown Point.

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



Agustin FuentesAgustin Fuentes, a physical anthropologist from the University of Notre Dame, will present two lectures, one on race and another on war, peace and human nature, Wednesday and Thursday, April 29 and 30, at Linfield.

“What Race is, and What it is Not: How Do We Know and Why Does it Matter?” will be Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. This talk will cover the biology, history and reality of race, racism and inequality in the U.S. and provide a toolkit to move forward.

“War, Peace and Human Nature(s): What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?” will be Thursday, April 30, at 4:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. This talk will lay out what we know about human evolutionary processes and histories and how they inform us about the human capacity for war and our propensity for peace.

Fuentes, a professor of anthropology at Notre Dame, examines human evolution from several perspectives, and his research sheds light on some of the most common misconceptions about human nature, specifically in the areas of race, sex and aggression. He is the author of “Evolution of Human Behavior” and “Health, Risk and Adversity.” He has a bachelor’s in zoology and anthropology, and master’s and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the author of “Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature.” His articles have been published in Cultural Anthropology and the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology.

The lectures are sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Sociology/Anthropology and PLACE. For more information, contact Hillary Crane, ext. 2286,



Bob McCannBob McCann, retired professor of education, will present a “Last Lecture” on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day.

McCann, who joined the Linfield faculty in 1994, retired in December. His talk is part of Linfield’s last lecture series, which enables retiring faculty to give a final presentation to the community. During the lecture, McCann will talk about life lessons as told through song lyrics. He will be joined by his wife Nancy, a musician, who will perform excerpts from the songs talked about in the lecture.

A reception will follow. It is sponsored by the Linfield College Office of Institutional Advancement. For more information, call ext. 2547 or email



Linfield College Lu'au 2012Traditional island dances and an authentic Hawaiian meal will highlight the 43rd annual Linfield College Lu’au, “Home in the Islands,” Saturday, May 2.

Students will share the Hawaiian culture with the community, including performing dances from the Hawaiian Islands as well as New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa.

The dinner will be catered by a Hawaiian cafe and served by Linfield students, and will feature a number of traditional Hawaiian dishes. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Rutschman Field House, with dinner service ending at 6:45. The “Country Store” will open at 5:30 p.m., also in the Rutschman Field House. The store features foods, leis and gifts donated from Hawaiian companies, with proceeds helping cover event costs. There will also be a concession stand available during the performance. The live performance will be held in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event includes pre-show entertainment.

The annual lu’au has been organized by members of the Linfield Hawaiian Club, Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian alike, with students involved in all aspects of the production including choreography. New dances are created each year, and student performers began rehearsals in early February.

Tickets are available online at General admission tickets for the performance are $15. Tickets for both the show and dinner are $25 for general admission and $28 for reserved seats. Student and senior (60+) tickets are $18 and $20, and require I.D. Children’s tickets are $10 and $13. Children under age two, seated on their parents’ laps, are admitted free without a meal.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield College Hawaiian Club, and the Multicultural Programs and College Activities offices. For more information, visit or call ext. 2435.




5 p.m.: Earth Week game show, Dillin Hall


Noon: French table, Starbucks

5:15 p.m.: Shakespeare’s birthday, Ford Hall Courtyard

6 p.m.: Japanese Table, Japanese Classroom, Walker Hall

7 p.m.: Earth Week, Bea Johnson, “Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle,” Pioneer Reading Room


Today: Earth Week scavenger hunt

Noon: Michael Huntsberger, January Term abroad class discussion, “Mass Media in the European Union,” 201 Riley Hall

Noon: German Language Table, Dillin Hall

7 p.m.: Christopher Browning, “Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony,” Jonasson Hall

7:30 p.m.: Linda Bierds reading, Nicholson Library


11:50 am: SOAN Voices, Dillin Northwest Room

2:30 p.m.: Anthropology exhibit opening, “Beauty in West Africa,” Walker Hall

4 p.m.: Earth Week stuff swap, Fred Meyer Lounge

4:15 p.m.: Rob Williams, iFOCUS Science Colloquium, 105 Murdock

7 p.m.: Tuition Free Day panel, Ice Auditorium


Today and tomorrow: Track and field at NWC championships

Today through Sunday: Baseball at NWC tournament

Today and tomorrow: Softball at NWC championships

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: 24th Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest, Fred Meyer Lounge

11:30 a.m.: Spanish Language Table, NW Alcove, Dillin Hall

4 p.m.: Earth Week games, Renshaw Field

5 p.m.: Earth Week BBQ, Withnell Commons

6 p.m.: Culture Show, presented by the International Club, Fred Meyer Lounge

7:30 p.m.: Built to Burn, “Synergy” sculpture, Field behind Miller Fine Arts Building


Today: Global Youth Service Day

Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at NWC championships (Crosswater)

Today and tomorrow: Women’s tennis at NWC tournament

1:30 p.m.: “Wine 101,” 201 Riley

4 p.m.: Jaimie McDonald senior recital, Ice Auditorium

5 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at George Fox