January 5, 2009

Volume 3, issue 19
January 5, 2009
The Fountain

Welcoming shots

Rather than the usual “Parting Shots,” The Fountain offers these “Welcoming Shots” to kick off 2009. If you recall, 2008 started with a huge wind storm. And it ended with record snowfalls. The latter certainly adds elements of beauty to the campus, captured in these shots. Happy New Year, and welcome back to Whitman (in spite of the ice and slush!).

Click to see an image gallery of these and more photos.

Events to look for this semester

Saturday, Feb. 28
Symposium on “Torture and the Human Body,” presented by the Global Studies steering committee, will feature three speakers who have written eloquently on the question of torture:

  • Darius Rejali, professor of political science at Reed College, and the author of “Democracy and Torture.”
  • Mark Danner, journalist, and author of “Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror.”
  • Stephanie Athey, associate professor of English, Lassel College, and author of the forthcoming “Torture’s Echo: News, Memoir and Fiction since 2001.”

Monday, Jan. 19
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration includes a 6:30 p.m. Candlelight March from Reid Campus Center to Walla Walla's downtown plaza (1st and Main St.) and back to Cordiner. More details to be announced soon.

Faculty Accomplishments

Dana Burgess

Dana Burgess, professor of classics and author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Classical Mythology,” was interviewed for National Public Radio’s Weekend America story “The Cassandras,” which aired Jan. 3. Reporter Julia Barton looked for comparisons between Greek Mythology’s Cassandra, who could tell the future, and present-day “doctors of doom” like Peter Schiff, who predicted the current economic disaster. The chorus in “The Agamemnon,” said Burgess, knows Cassandra is right about the fall of Troy, but is “kind of freaked out” and stops listening when she reaches her prophecy of revenge, murder and misery. Read the complete story at NPR’s Web site.

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In This Issue
Welcoming Shots
Events to Look For
Faculty Accomplishments

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