Couple links campuses for event on human trafficking and to support shelter
For Amy and Greg Dodds coordinating an educational event to be hosted at Whitman College and Walla Walla University is as easy as conversation over the breakfast table.
The Dodds — Amy, adjunct assistant professor of music at Whitman, and Greg, an associate professor of history at WWU — are among community members coordinating a four-day event to raise both awareness about human trafficking in the United States and funds to support the new Walla Walla Helpline STEP Women’s Shelter.
“Shelter for Freedom” — to be held Jan. 14-18, 2010, on the two campuses — will feature special guests Anne Archer, Academy Award-nominated actress and founder of Artists for Human Rights (AFHR), and Michael Wisner, executive director of AFHR. Also in Walla Walla for the event will be Michael Cory Davis, an actor and the writer/director of the film “Cargo: Innocence Lost,” which will be screened at 5 p.m. on Jan. 16 at Cordiner Hall. It will be followed by a panel discussion with Archer and Davis, as well as local and regional experts on human trafficking in the Pacific Northwest.
Other events at Whitman include “Be Free: Humanity through Poetry and Music” at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Chism Recital Hall, followed by an art exhibit opening at Baker Faculty Center at 6 p.m. “Be Free” includes poetry readings, coordinated by Dan Lamberton of WWU, and music by women composers with an introduction by Susan Pickett, Catharine Gould Chism chair of music. Organizers also are coordinating with Whitman’s Intercultural Center to include Martin Luther King Jr. Day events on the schedule.
The film screening is free with student ID or $10 general admission. Tickets are available at the Whitman Bookstore. Most events, including the poetry/music event, are free. Donations for Helpline STEP Women’s Shelter will be accepted at all events and proceeds from all events benefit the shelter.
For the complete schedule of “Shelter for Freedom,” visit this link and watch future issues of The Fountain.
MLK Day events at Whitman will include community service projects, a volunteer fair, a panel discussion and the traditional march downtown. Watch The Fountain for details.