November 8, 2010

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Volume 5, issue 12
November 8, 2010
The Fountain

Time to order 2010-11 Campus Directory printed copies

Campus Directory

In addition to People Search and an online PDF, the Campus Directory is available in print. Individuals or departments must order copies; the cost is $1.50 each. To order, or if you have questions, send an e-mail to Amber Woodworth at Be sure to include the number of copies requested and the department budget number. Your directories will be sent to you within one week of your order and will arrive via campus mail.

Faculty Accomplishments

La Montagne des Justes

Patrick Henry, Cushing Eells professor of philosophy and literature and professor of foreign languages emeritus, reports that his latest published book, “We Only Know Men: The Rescue of Jews in France during the Holocaust” (Catholic University Press, 2007), has been translated into French by Hélène Trocmé-Fabre and published by Editions Privat in Toulouse. The book appears with the title “La Montagne des Justes” (“The Mountain of the Righteous”). He is currently editing “Jewish Resistance to the Nazis”, to be published by Catholic University Press in 2012. Twenty-three contributors from Europe, Israel, Canada and the United States will address the reality of Jewish resistance in the occupied countries, the forests, the ghettos and the camps. “The aim of the book is not only to put to rest definitively the myth of the Jews going passively to the slaughter like sheep, but to explain why different types of resistance occurred in some places but not in others. Resistance will be conceived of as armed resistance, rescue, and all attempts by Jewish people to fight the dehumanizing project of the Nazis,” Henry said. Also, his article titled “Religion for Peace: The Vietnam Years and Today,” dedicated “To Dan Berrigan, With Love,” is the lead article in the current issue of the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies (Vol. 20, #1). A second essay, “Teaching Peace,” written with Richard Middleton-Kaplan, is forthcoming in Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Generosity of campus community helps a family

Combined, members of the Whitman community contributed more than $1,300 and a number of clothing items to help the Meza family of Milton-Freewater. Their house was destroyed in a fire that took the life of one of the children. The mother, Mari, had become well-known to the staff in athletics, from her work with the Red Cross. The athletics staff relies on the Red Cross for various training programs, and Mari helps coordinate the effort.

Victoria Berg, athletics administrative assistant, coordinated the campus fundraiser. She said the initial thought was to send flowers, “But we thought about what her family’s needs might be and knew we could do more. So we asked faculty and staff to help. Seeing everyone’s willingness to help Mari was great, and I was glad to be part of it.”

Not a summer trip, but an adventure anyway

At the rally

Every summer The Fountain accepts submissions of stories about “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” Though it’s not summer, here’s a report on a recent adventure. Margaret Hoglund (pictured in red), alumni relations administrative assistant, attended the Jon Stewart Rally to Restore Sanity, held the last weekend in October in Washington, DC. She was joined by temporary DC residents Sue Weiler, senior biology research associate, and Paul Yancey, Carl E. Peterson Endowed Chair of Sciences.

“We were happy to be there and be counted as part of the voice of reason in these crazy times,” Hoglund wrote. “The day broke all records for Metro rides, and the crowd stretched from just in front of the Capitol almost to the Washington monument. People came from all over the country and the world. We even met someone from Enterprise, Ore., on the Metro.”

Hoglund took photos of a number of “mostly very clever and funny” signs created and brought to the rally by attendees. If you’d like to see them, send her an e-mail at and she’ll send them your way.

Got news? Send it to The Fountain

What’s new and exciting in your department or program? Are you doing anything that you’d like to share with the Whitman community? Perhaps you’re presenting at a professional or academic conference? Share your news and event announcement through The Fountain. Simply send an e-mail to Photos welcome!

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Monday, 11/8
Lecture: Dick Adams will present “Reflections on Privilege” from his experiences working for the Zimbabwe Arts Project, which works to assist artists in rural eastern Zimbabwe to create economic security for themselves and their families through the sale and promotion of their art. 7 p.m., Glover Alston Center.

Wednesday, 11/10
Music: The Department of Music presents the Fall Wind Ensemble Concert, conducted by Pete Crawford. 7 p.m., Cordiner Hall. For all music department events click here.

Wednesday, 11/10
Lecture: Tim Parker, assistant professor of biology, will present a lecture on the new Wallowa gap biological station at Braden Farm, sponsored by the Native Plant Society. 7 p.m., Science Building Rm. 142.

11/10 through 11/14
Theatre: Harper Joy Theatre presents “Kid-Simple, a radio play in the flesh” by Jordan Harrison. Travel with Moll, the girl inventor of a machine for hearing sounds that can’t be heard, on her quest to save noise as we know it. This quirky fable of innocence and experience features live sound effects, mutinous onomatopoeia, and a host of woodsy temptations. Click here or contact the HJT box office at x5180 for details.

Thursday, 11/11
Lecture: Dr. Lynn Lancaster of Ohio University-Athens presents a lecture titled “Technological Innovation in Imperial Rome: What Can Ancient Concrete Tell Us About Roman Society?” The event is sponsored by the Walla Walla Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. 7:30 p.m., Olin Hall, room 157.

Thursday, 11/11
Lecture: Melvin Small, distinguished professor of history at Wayne State University, presents a lecture titled “Antiwarriors: Vietnam and Iraq.” 7:30 p.m., Olin Hall Rm. 130.

Friday, 11/12
Music: Whitman College Fridays at Four presents John Lutterman, cello. 4 p.m., Hunter Conservatory. For all music department events click here.

Saturday, 11/13
Music: Guest artists Aidan Soder, mezzo soprano, and Lee D. Thompson, piano. 7:30 p.m. Chism Recital Hall. For all music department events click here.

Thursday, 11/18
Visiting Writers Reading Series: A reading by Colson Whitehead, a New York-based novelist, who is best-known as the author of the 2001 novel “John Henry Days.” 7 p.m., Maxey Auditorium.

Click here for a listing of all events.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Heather Ferguson ’11 and John-Henry Heckendom ’12 enjoy the mild weather and get some late afternoon studying done outside Penrose Library last week.   Full size.

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In This Issue
Campus Directory
Faculty Accomplishments
Helping a Family
Hoglund at Rally
Got news?
Coming Events
Parting Shot

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