Linfield Reports, 9/12/16

Pollack-Pelzner to present lecture on rebirth of romantic comedy

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, EnglishShakespeare Scholar Daniel Pollack-Pelzner will present “Shakespeare’s Bad Bromance” on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

Pollack-Pelzner, the Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies and associate professor of English at Linfield, will explore the rebirth of romantic comedy in the 1590s. He will discuss the tension between male bonds and heterosexual marriage, concerning “Much Ado About Nothing,” together with Keanu Reeves, Katharine Hepburn, Silicon Valley, PTSD, illustrated sex organs and Nut & Honey Crunch.

Pollack-Pelzner joined the Linfield faculty in 2010 and teaches courses on Shakespeare and early modern drama that focus on the intersections of gender, genre and performance. He also teaches a range of topics in British literary history and offers a January-term course on contemporary theatre through the Portland campus. He lectures frequently at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is scholar-in-residence at the Portland Shakespeare Project. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard, where he helped to edit the Norton edition of Shakespeare’s complete works. He taught previously at Harvard and the American School of Paris. He trained at Yale University as a Shakespearean actor and is the recipient of a Graves Award for outstanding teaching in the humanities.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Community invited to Fiesta Latina

Fiesta Latina, guitarLinfield College will host Fiesta Latina, a celebration of Hispanic culture, on Saturday, Sept. 17, from noon to 3 p.m. on the Intramural Field and in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall at Linfield.

Activities will include food, games, piñatas, crafts and a children’s area with face painting and games. The event is a celebration of national Hispanic Heritage Month. In addition to free food provided to the first 200 people, there will be shaved ice, cotton candy and sweets for all.

The event is free and open to the community, and sponsored by Linfield College Latinos Adelante, MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán), the Spanish Club and the Multicultural Programs Office.

For more information, contact Jason Rodriquez at 503-883-2574,


Constitution Day lecture scheduled at Linfield

Jonathan WeilerUniversity of North Carolina Chapel Hill professor Jonathan Weiler will present “Worlds Apart: authoritarianism and American political divisions on the eve of the 2016 election” at the Constitution Day lecture on Monday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

The talk will explore the roots of the current divisions between political parties and consider how the impasse might be broken.

Weiler received his Ph.D. in political science from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he is senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in the Curriculum in Global Studies. He has written three books: “A Darker Side of Reform: Human Rights in Russia” with Marc Hetherington; “Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics,” which won the 2016 Philip Converse Award given yearly to a book that has made a lasting impact in political science; and “Divorce: A Love Story,” which was co-written with his former wife, Anne Menkens.

Funding for this project was provided by the John Templeton Foundation through a grant from the Institute for Humane Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, chair and associate professor of political science, 503-883-2246,


Student one-acts open Linfield’s 97th theatre season

Marshall TheatreLinfield College will open its 97th theatre season with “The Season Opening One-Acts,” three one-act performances, Sept. 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

“The Internet is Distract — Oh Look A Kitten!,” “Simulation” and “Act 3: Wildcats Connected,” explore the college’s 2016-17 PLACE theme: The Digital Self. This year’s theme focuses on how the digital age affects human experience, as well as how engagement with technology impacts identities, physical bodies, self-expression, interpersonal relationships and social interactions. Each performance offers a different perspective on these issues.

“Act 1: The Internet is Distract — Oh Look A Kitten!” takes a comical look at a student desperately trying to finish a paper despite many online diversions. This comedy, written by Ian McWethy, will be directed by Jenny Layton, a 2014 Linfield graduate, and is presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

“Act 2: Simulation” by Carrie Vaughn provides a look at digital identity and questions the existence of the roles we assume on the Internet. This world premier questions whether we exist at all, or are just programmed to think we exist. The short play was commissioned for Linfield’s PLACE program, and is directed by Chris Forrer, a 2013 Linfield graduate.

“Act 3: Wildcats Connected” will bring the focus back to the Linfield campus. Audience members will have a chance to interact with the playwright Carrie Vaughn, the director and the rest of the production team to discuss how the digital age has impacted their lives.

All tickets are $5 and seating is reserved. Tickets are available at and in the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning Sept. 19. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 503-883-2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.


Students gear up for Taste of Service

Taste of ServiceLinfield College students will explore the local community while lending a hand during Linfield’s Taste of Service Day Saturday, Sept. 24.

Students will serve together at various community-based organizations including YCAP, Greater Yamhill Watershed Council, McMinnville Library, Habitat for Humanity and other non-profits around McMinnville. Last year, some 70 students participated.

“The organization may have us cleaning up around their building or doing maintenance, and although the impact may not be as noticeable as with a large project, the work is greatly appreciated,” said Deizhanna Kaya-Abad, Linfield senior and Change Corps Days of Service director. “Volunteering is important because most of the organizations we work with rely on volunteers and the help they provide.”

Change Corps is made up of student leaders who plan and host a number of events. By serving as a liaison between Linfield College and Yamhill County community partners, Change Corps works to create a welcoming and vibrant culture of service on the Linfield campus.

Sign up to serve at Learn more about Community Engagement and Service at Linfield.


Wilkins to present new collection ‘When We Were Birds’

Joe Wilkins, associate professor of EnglishJoe Wilkins, associate professor of English at Linfield College, will read from his latest work on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield.

Wilkins will present his new book of poems, “When We Were Birds.” In this collection, he wrestles his attention away from the grief, deprivations and high prairies of his Montana childhood. He turns instead toward “the bean-rusted fields and gutted factories of the Midwest” — toward ordinary injustice and everyday sadness, toward the imminent birth of his son and his own confusions in taking up the mantle of fatherhood, toward faith and grace, legacy and luck.

Wilkins is the author of a memoir, “The Mountain and the Fathers,” which won a GLCA New Writers Award in 2014, as well as two previous books of poetry, “Notes from the Journey Westward” and “Killing the Murnion Dogs.” “When We Were Birds” was selected by former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series.

This reading, part of the “Readings at the Nick” series, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517,


Annual run/walk honors Parker Moore

Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/WalkThe Linfield community is invited to participate in the Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk. The 3.5-mile Run/Walk will take place during Homecoming weekend, Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9 a.m.

Linfield students and staff receive a 35 percent discount by entering linfieldstrong35 on the payment page. All proceeds support the Parker Archie Moore Scholarship. Visit the event page on Facebook at Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk.

For more information, to register or to make a gift, visit RunSignUp–Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk. Questions can also be directed to Kellie Berger at 503-883-2496,


Community news

Music by Andrea Reinkemeyer, assistant professor of music composition and theory, was featured on the ADJ•ective New Music Composers’ Collective lexical.tones podcast, episodes 5 and 5a. You may find the interview on or iTunes. Her music will also be featured in an upcoming album by A/B Duo, “Variety Show,” on Aerocade Records. A recording from the album of Reinkemeyer’s “Wrought Iron for Flute and Percussion” will be featured during a concert at the San Francisco Center for New Music on Sept. 22. The duo will also perform a recital in San Francisco’s Presidio Club on Nov. 18.

Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English, along with Sean Prentiss, will publish “Environmental and Nature Writing, A Writer’s Guide and Anthology” by Bloomsbury Publishing in November.

Work by Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, professor of English and coordinator of the Gender Studies Program, is featured in two recent publications. She published “Terror Narratives: Art, Music and the Post 9/11 Surveillance Culture” in the book “Masks of Threat: South Asian Racialization Post 9/11” by Lexington Press in May. She also published a book review, “Civility, Academic Freedom, and the Neoliberal University,” in the May-June  2016 journal “Academe.”

Eric Schuck, professor of economics, was included in “Draining Oregon,” a recent Oregonian four-part series on groundwater. Schuck was quoted in “No money to measure state’s water levels,” which ran Aug. 26.


Campus calendar


2 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. UC-Santa Cruz


7 p.m.: Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, “Shakespeare’s Bad Bromance,” 201 Riley Hall

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Willamette


9 a.m.: Cross country at Sundodger Invitational, Seattle, Wash.

Noon: Fiesta Latina, Intramural Field and Fred Meyer Lounge

Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Willamette

Noon: Men’s soccer at Whitman

5 p.m.: Volleyball at Puget Sound

6 p.m.: Football at Mary Hardin-Baylor


Today: Men’s golf at PLU Invitational

Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Lewis & Clark

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Whitworth