March 25, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 31 March 25, 2013
The Fountain

“Art Outside the Box” showcases staff creativity

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From balloon bouquets to skateboard guitars and ceramics to cross stitch, the creativity of 29 staff members will be on display March 25-30 in “Art Outside the Box,” a staff art show organized by the Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC).

The show features 45 works of art by staff members from a variety of areas of campus and will be exhibited on the main floor of Penrose Library all this week for the entire Whitman community to enjoy.

“Part of PAC’s mission is to enhance the quality of work life at Whitman for staff,” says Dennis Hopwood, director of human resources. “What better way than to bring a smile to those who pass through Penrose and encounter the unexpected? This reminds us of the creativity and individuality we all possess, if we would but express it.”

For a list of participants and their entries, click HERE.

Terry Tang of The New York Times to present 2013 Hosokawa Journalism Lecture

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Terry Tang is the deputy editorial page editor of The New York Times and a Whitman parent. She will present this year’s Hosokawa Journalism Lecture on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in Reid Campus Center’s Young Ballroom. Titled, “Poor Richard’s iPad: The Return of American Journalism to its Roots,” her talk will address how blogging, tweeting and Facebooking fit into our press traditions – and also changes them.

A former columnist and editorial writer at The Seattle Times and staff writer for Seattle Weekly, Tang joined The Times in 1997. She has covered legal issues, national affairs, health care, education, immigration, taxes and social services, and has served as deputy technology and health industries news editor and major beats editor for metro news. She was also an editor of Room for Debate, The Times’ online discussion forum. Read more here.

Former faculty member dies at 76

James Frederick Maxfield, a member of the Whitman faculty for more than 30 years, died March 13 at Washington Odd Fellows Home at the age of 77. From 1966 until his retirement in 1997, Maxfield taught English literature and creative writing at Whitman. He also started the college’s film program and was the author of “The Fatal Woman: Sources of Male Anxiety in American Film Noir, 1941-1991.” At his request, there will be no service; memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla’s Rising Sun Clubhouse through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road. Friends are also invited to visit and sign his online guestbook.

Walla Walla named to Fodor’s 10 Best Small Towns in America

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Noted travel guide Fodor’s has included Walla Walla in its top 10 Best Small Towns in America. Editors made their picks based on towns with populations under 50,000 that have “great local eats, interesting museums and cultural points, and noteworthy natural attractions or outdoor adventures,” according to the Fodor’s website.

Faculty news brief


Michelle Janning, assistant dean of faculty and associate professor of sociology, has received a Fulbright Specialist award to teach and assist with faculty development at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, where she previously spent a semester as a visiting professor. She will return to Copenhagen for a month this summer to work on the project. The Fulbright Specialist program is a short-term version of a regular Fulbright and is designed to award grants to American professors in select disciplines to engage in two- to six-week long collaborative projects with academic institutions in more than 100 nations worldwide. Janning will assist her host institution in operationalizing the pedagogical identity through course redevelopment, faculty coaching and training sessions, and will play a central role in moving the discussion forward on melding a Danish model of instruction with American approaches to teaching and learning found in highly selective liberal arts colleges.

Whitman faculty share “Big Ideas” with new lecture series at Walla Walla Public Library

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Thanks to a grant from Humanities Washington, Whitman is sponsoring a six-part speaker series. The Walla Walla Public Library will host the series, dedicated to addressing areas of public interest and fostering discussion.

Three talks will take place this semester and three in the fall; upcoming topics include the Iroquois tradition of seventh generation planning, sustainability in Walla Walla and community public art. Julia Ireland, assistant professor of philosophy, will moderate.

For more information about “Big Ideas,” read the Union-Bulletin’s recent article.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

All free unless otherwise noted
Music: See all upcoming music events here.

Monday 3/25
Lecture: “Beyond Rio+20: Combating Environmental Crises Through Education and Action.” A talk by alumna Kim Smith ’90, who teaches sociology at Portland Community College and specializes in environmental sociology and social movements. She discusses actions being taken around the world to combat climate change and how Whitman can join in this larger mission to foster healthy, green economies, ecosystems and communities. 7 p.m. in Olin 157.

Tuesday 3/26
Lecture: “Dark Natives, Blond Beasts and Vengeful Jews: On Nietzsche's ‘Genealogy of Morality.’” A talk by Karen Feldman, professor of German at the University of California, Berkeley, and an expert on hermeneutics and phenomenology, the Frankfurt School, German Idealism, literary theory and aesthetics. 7 p.m. in Olin 340.

Tuesday 3/26
Film: “Trouble the Water.” Director Carl Deal screens this powerful documentary that takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen, incorporating home video footage shot by Kimberly Rivers Roberts, an aspiring rap artist trapped with her husband in the 9th Ward. From the producers of “Fahrenheit 911” and “Bowling for Columbine.” Part of Whitman’s Cinema Arts Series. 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Wednesday 3/27
Lecture: “From Chimel to Nobel: The Story of a Maya Woman.” A talk by Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a Guatemalan indigenous K'iche' woman who has fought for justice and defended victims of discrimination and racism both in her home country and around the world. She will discuss race and ethnic relations, gender studies, social change and human rights. A simultaneous translation of her lecture will be provided in English. 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Wednesday 3/27
Lecture: “UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka: Unfolding the Multi-faceted Personality of an Island Civilization.” A talk by Sudharshan Seneviratne, this year’s Edwin F. Arnold Visiting Professor of South Asian Archaeology at Whitman. He has held academic and diplomatic posts in Sri Lanka since the 1980s and is an archaeological consultant to several countries. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 245.

Wednesday 3/27
Lecture: “Imaging the Biology of Cancer.” A talk by Janet Eary, M.D., professor of radiology and orthopedics and director of the Molecular Imaging Center at the University of Washington School of Medicine. A leader in the development of positron emission tomography for cancer diagnosis and assessment of cancer therapies, she will discuss the development of imaging technology in oncology. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 3/28
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by Mat Johnson, author of the novels “Pym,” “Drop” and “Hunting in Harlem”; the nonfiction novella “The Great Negro Plot”; and the comic books “Incognegro” and “Dark Rain.” He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory.

Thursday 3/28
Lecture: “Poor Richard’s iPad: The Return of American Journalism to its Roots.” Terry Tang, deputy editorial page editor of The New York Times and this year’s Hosokawa Journalism Lecturer, discusses how blogging, tweeting and Facebooking fit into our press traditions – and also changes them. 7 p.m. in Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center.

Thursday 3/28
Lecture: “The Seventh Generation.” Don Snow, senior lecturer of environmental humanities, presents the kick-off lecture for the “Big Ideas” lecture series, in which Whitman is collaborating with the Walla Walla Public Library. Roughly seven generations have passed since Marcus and Narcissa Whitman first came to the Valley. Together, we will talk about the next seven generations. 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla Public Library.

Thursday 3/28
Lecture: “Nanoscience and the Future of the Global Carbon Cycle.” Prof. A. Paul Alivisatos of the University of California, Berkeley, presents the Brode Lecture. His talk will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts that underlie the emerging field of nanoscience and illustrate their impact on future energy technologies. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130. Reception with hot beverages and dessert to follow.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

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Assistant Professor of Music Paul Luongo puts his orchestra students through their musical paces prior to Spring Break. Full size.

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Staff Art Show
Prof. James Maxfield
Best Small Towns
Faculty News Brief
Big Ideas
Campus Events
Parting Shot

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