Past years

O’Donnell History Ashton J. & Virginia Graham O’Donnell Visiting Chair in Global Studies

The purpose of this endowment is to create a program of O’Donnell Visiting Educators (OVEs). These are individuals who have experience in international affairs, principally from the standpoint of the practitioner.

2011-2012 Academic Year

February 28, 2012: David Wolman. "Digital Dissidents: Inside Egypt's Youth Movement."

March 6, 2012: Diane Henkels and Lalaina Rakotoson. "Environemntal Democracy in Madascar."

March 26 & 28, 2012: Kevin McKiernan: Film Screening

April 16, 2012: Dr. Mark Mathabane. 

April 30, 2012: Sorraya Khan.

2010–2011 Academic Year

September 3-17, 2010: John MacAloon. Professor and Associate Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. His scholarship on the history and anthropology of the Olympic Games is internationally renowned, and he holds the Olympic Order, the Olympic Movement's highest award for service. Public Lecture: “No More U.S. Olympic Games?: America in the World Today.” One credit course: “The Olympic Games: Liturgy of the World-System of Nation-States.”

September 27 – October 8, 2010: Magnus Isacsson.  Independent Documentary Filmmaker. Isacsson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced more than a dozen independent films since 1986.

February 7-9, 2011: Lisa Gossels.

March 2, 2011:Joe Sacco.

2009–2010 Academic Year: This was the first year for the Global Studies Program Initiative at Whitman College

September 21–24, 2009: Joel Pett. A Pulitzer-Prize-winning newspaper cartoonist at Kentucky’s Lexington-Herald Leader. Public lecture: “What in the world is so funny?" Two forums: “What’s Black and White and Green?” and “Drawing Fire in a Crowded Theatre; Free Speech, Civil Liberties, and Political Cartoons.” Workshop: “Draw your own conclusions: A hands-on workshop on originality, creativity and satire.”

September 27–October 30, 2009: Jenik Radon. A practicing international lawyer, advising both governments and companies and also teaches at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Two credit course: “International Politics of Energy Development.” Public lecture: “The Georgian Energy Pipeline Cocktail: USA, Russia and Western Business Locked in ‘Lethal’ Embrace.”

November 2–21, 2009: Anthony Blow. A United States Merchant Marine Officers with extensive experience in maritime environment; international trade and logistics; and maritime security issues. One credit course: “Maritime Affairs, International Trade & Logistics. Forum: “Maritime Piracy: My Experiences Off the Coast of Somalia.”

February 1–17, 2010: Jonathon Curiel. A journalist in San Francisco and the author of “Al’ America: Travels Through America’s Arab and Islamic Roots”. The book, published by The New Press in November of 2008 (and republished in paperback in November of 2009), details the historic influence of Arab and Muslim culture on America, from the time of Columbus to the modern age. Public lecture: “From the Alamo to Elvis Presley: How Arab and Muslim culture has changed America for the better.” Three workshops: “How the Media Covers Islamic Culture – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “Music of the Arab and Muslim World – from Traditional to Dance and Trance” and, “Islamic Architecture – A History of Give-and-Take with the West.”

February 22–March 5, 2010: Inder Sud. An economist with extensive background and experience in economic development in developing countries.He had a long and distinguished career at the World Bank, where he held a variety of senior management positions dealing with various aspects of development: country program management, development policy, project appraisal and financing, and privatization and private sector development. He has worked in most regions of the world, but most extensively in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. One-credit course titled “Addressing Global Poverty”, forum on “Careers in International Development” and a public lecture: "Challenges of Foreign Aid in the 21st Century"

March 1–8, 2010: Kathryn Cook has been featured in exhibitions in the U.S in Chicago and California. She has also exhibited in Europe with shows in Italy and Germany. Her photography has appeared in the United States in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and Stern and in L'Espresso and D La Republica in Italy. Sheehan Gallery “Memory Denied: The Photography of Kathryn Cook” and two workshops, “The Image World” and “Truth in Photography.”

2008–2009 Academic Year

October 6, 2008: Kris Nyrop. Former Executive Director of Street Outreach Services (SOS), an international model for needle exchange and harm reduction in Seattle. A graduate of both Whitman College and the University of Washington, he has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention since 1988. Two two-week-long courses on the global HIV/AIDS pandemic and its links to migration, intravenous drug use, urbanization and prostitution and a public lecture entitled: "Politics and Public Health: Lessons from the AIDS Epidemic" on October 6, 2008.

November 5, 2008: Tomson Highway. A Canadian Cree dramatist and novelist, known for his dramas that grapple with issues relating to the First Nations, and for his recent novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen, (1998), which recounts the story of two young Cree boys. Diversity workshop with staff, several class visitations and public lecture on November 5 entitled: “Comparing Mythologies” – First Nations Mythology in a Canadian Context.

February 28, 2009: Mark Danner. A journalist, professor and author of "Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror." Speaker for the Symposium on “Torture and the Human Body,” presented by Global Studies. Featured three speakers who have written eloquently on the question of torture; a designated group of faculty and students commented on their presentations.

2007–2008 Academic Year

August 1–Dec. 31, 2007: Carmen Wickramagamage. Semester-long four-credit course entitled “Women’s Writing and Women’s Activism in South Asia”, a workshop “Global Women’s Partnership’s” and a public lecture: “‘Wards of the State?’ Women, Citizenship and Nation-State Politics in South Asia”.

October 10–24, 2007: Dr. Germaine Jacquette. Director of TB and Communicable Diseases for the Rockland County Dept. of Health in New York State. Course on “Global Challenges of Public Health”

February 2008: Ahmed Rhazaoui, Whitman Class of ‘68, recently retired from the United Nations where he served as Director of UN Office for West Africa, Deputy for Special Rep. of the Secretary General, UN Development Program Resident Rep and UN Coordinator in Rwanda, Cameroon and Senegal. Week-long course related to global development and international institutions as they relate to Africa. Public lecture: “From Annapolis To Jerusalem: A View From Damascus”

2006–2007 Academic Year

September 14, 2006: James Fallows. Author and National Correspondent for “The Atlantic Monthy.” Lecture: The U.S. and the Islamic World: Victory, Defeat or Coexistence?

September 25–29, 2006: Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher. Environmental Protection Agency of Ethiopia. Lecture: The Politics of Biosafety.

October 22–27, 2006: Brent Goff. Based in Berlin, Germany. Producer of “Global Players” and anchors the business news on Deutsche Welle TV. Weeklong seminar; no public lecture.

November 12–14, 2006: John Chant. Emeritus Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University and a director of the Canadian Payments Association. Lecture: The International Monetary Fund: At a Crossroad?

2005–2006 Academic Year

April 23, 2006: Sexuality and Human Rights Forum. Panel discussion: Sea Ling Cheng, Don Kulick, and Penelope Saunders presented “International Sexual Rights: Homophobia and Human Trafficking”

Sponsored by ASWC : Lt. General Romeo Dallaire, Commander of the United Nations intervention forces in Rwanda in 1993.

April 1–30, 2006: Cristina Montiel, Department of Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines – Lecture: Personal Lives in the Midst of a Pro-democracy Movement.