March 5

Volume 6, Issue 28
March 5, 2012
The Fountain

Faculty news briefs

Aaron Bobrow-Strain

Aaron Bobrow-Strain, associate professor of politics, was interviewed yesterday on NPR’s Sunday Edition about his new book, White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf. Listen to the segment online HERE or read the full transcript.

Janis BreckenridgeJanis Breckenridge, assistant professor of Spanish, reports the publication of her book, Pushing the Boundaries of Latin American Testimony: Meta-morphoses and Migrations. This interdisciplinary collection of essays, co-edited with Louise Detwiler (associate professor of Spanish, Salisbury University), traces a recent paradigm shift in testimonio production and scholarship. Moving beyond classic notions of the eyewitness, the essays showcase clandestine, reluctant, false, and nonhuman witnesses. Also explored are nontraditional scenarios and media including public protests, interactive radio, community embroideries and comics.

Suzanne MorrisseySuzanne Morrissey, assistant professor of anthropology (left), and her student Mary Patzel ’12 have written an article for the March 2012 issue of Anthropology News (AN). Titled
“Elusive Maladies,” the article explores finding hope with integrative medicine in North America and discusses complementary and alternative medicine.

Staff Profile: David Brauhn
Editor/Associate Director of Communication

David Brauhn

Birthplace: Clinton, Iowa

Education: I studied writing at Dickinson State University and creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Years at Whitman: About six months.

Favorite… (any or all)
Film: It depends on the day. All of the “Pink Panther” movies with Peter Sellers – not Steve Martin – and World War II movies produced near the end of the war, including “The Longest Day
Book: “Catch-22,” “Slaughterhouse Five”
Play: “True West,” and many other plays by Sam Shepard

Favorite sculpture on campus: “Pirouette”

Best travel experience: I honeymooned in Tulum, Mexico, in January. I think about it often; my backpack still smells like ocean and jungle, and that makes me happy.

Interests/pleasures: I plunk around on my guitar, read comics, tinker on my 1977 Ford F-150 and play Wii far too much.

Recent accomplishment: I was named a Distinguished Alumni Fellow at my alma mater.

What people don’t know about me: I love mechanical and carpentry projects. Before I was married, I slept on a queen-sized bunk bed I built in my apartment. My wife said I couldn’t keep it, but it was pretty great, in my opinion. Before the public library switched to DVDs, I watched all of the VHS movies in alphabetical order in under a year. Again, before I was married.

A day in the life/on the job: I design and edit things, sometimes simultaneously. My left and right hemispheres are engaged all the time, and I click my mouse about 10,000 times.

Favorite aspect of Whitman: I enjoy the people I work with, and I look forward to learning something new every day.

What I’ve learned here: I’ve learned to enjoy catered events.

Quote: “For small creatures such as we the vastness is only bearable through love.” – Carl Sagan

Welcome to the Whitman family, Ethan!


Eric Bridgeland, men's basketball coach, and wife Brie announce the birth of their son, Ethan Jabs. He was born this morning, March 5, at a little past 4 a.m. and weighs 9 pounds, 8 ounces. Ethan joins big sister Sydney in the Bridgeland family.

Staff changes and transitions

Marisol MartinezEffective Feb. 27 – Marisol Martinez has joined the Student Engagement Center as administrative assistant, replacing Margaret Ely.

Melissa SalrinEffective March 1 – Melissa Salrin has joined Whitman as the library’s new archivist and special Collections librarian she replaces Michael Paulus.  

Effective March 5 – Jeff Jorgensen ’11 takes over as the library’s overnight circulation supervisor, replacing Cally Schneider.

Coming Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday 3/6
Lecture: “All Tomorrow’s Parties: Feminist Optimism and Buddhist Ethics.” The Lecture Series in Asian and Comparative Philosophy presents Amy Donahue, visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Kennesaw State University. Her talk will address the intersection of Buddhist epistemology, ethics and feminism. 6:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Tuesday 3/6
Lecture: "Environmental Democracy in Madagascar." Two international leaders in environmental justice and governance, Lalaina Rakotoson and Diane Henkels ’86 will discuss their work toward achieving environmental democracy in the highly biodiverse island nation of Madagascar. 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. Read more.

Thursday 3/8
Theater: HJT presents Latenight Theatre. Susannah Ellis and Michael Bathurst in Sam Wolfson’s Boy Meets Girl: A Young Love Story. Follow Sam and Katie as they go through the trials and tribulations of love at the tender age of five. Limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 10:15 p.m.; show begins at 10:30 p.m. HJT Acting Studio.

Friday 3/9
Music: The Fridays at Four Recital Series presents Gary Hemenway, jazz piano. 4 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall.

Monday 3/26
Film: “Good Kurds, Bad Kurds.” Award-winning filmmaker and Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist Kevin McKiernan presents a screening of his acclaimed film, which delves deeply into U.S. complicity in a human rights disaster in Turkey. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Wednesday 3/28
Film: “Bringing King to China.” Award-winning filmmaker and Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist Kevin McKiernan presents a screening of another acclaimed film, which premiered last year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Thursday 3/29
Lecture: The 2012 Hosokawa Journalism Lecture. David Boardman, executive editor and senior vice president of The Seattle Times, discusses “The Promises and Perils of Journalism in the 21st Century.” 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. Read more.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Men’s Tennis (Bratton Tennis Center or outdoor courts, weather permitting)
Wednesday, 3/7 at 4:30 p.m. – vs. Spokane Falls CC (junior varsity match)

Note: Congratulations to Coach Jeff Northam ’88 and the men's tennis team, last week ranked 8th in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Read more.

Women’s Tennis (Bratton Tennis Center or outdoor courts, weather permitting)
Friday, 3/9 at 4 p.m. – vs. Lewis & Clark College
Saturday, 3/10 at 10 a.m. – vs. George Fox University

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Half an hour of hilltop shivering last week was worth it when the setting sun backlit some scattered snow flurries with a fiery glow. Full size.

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Faculty News Briefs
Staff Profile
New Baby
Staff changes and transitions
Coming Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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