February 19, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 26 February 19, 2013
The Fountain

Staff Coffee with the President

Staff Coffee invitation

Staff are invited to attend a meeting with President Bridges tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 8:30 a.m. in Olin 130. The president will discuss the recent Governing Board meeting and take questions.


Food in Global Perspectives: Global Studies Symposium this Saturday, Feb. 23

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The 5th Annual Global Studies Symposium will focus on the theme of “Food in Global Perspectives,” with keynote addresses by three visiting experts as well as responses from Whitman faculty and students.

“The symposium promises as in previous years to provoke a wide-ranging consideration and discussion of a topic of importance to all of us: Food,” says Jonathan Walters, George Ball Endowed Chair of the Humanities and Director of the Global Studies Initiative.

“Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler will explore how marketing converges with biology to promote American overeating, and attendant health costs; scholar-activist Peter Rosset will describe how peasant farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, and elsewhere, resist the inroads of American agri-business and genetically-modified foods; and installation artist Jon Rubin of Pittsburgh will share some of his provocative insights into food as a potential bridge between warring nations.”

Whitman participants will include students Haley McLeod ’13 (biology), Suzanne Jaszczult ’13 (politics) and William Newman-Wise ’13 (art), as well as Aaron Bobrow-Strain, associate professor of politics and author of “White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf.” Alumna Katherine Deumling ’96 of Portland, chair of Slow Food USA and founder/CEO of Cook with What You Have, also will deliver remarks.

The symposium takes place Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. A reception featuring local, organic and fair trade foods will follow. For more information, click HERE.


Staff and faculty news briefs

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Jenn Blomme, head swimming coach, has been named Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season following her team’s second place finish at the conference meet and a perfect 7 and 0 Northwest Conference regular season mark. This is the third time Blomme has received the award since 2010. For more details, click HERE.

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Nicole Pietrantoni, assistant professor of art, has been selected for a competitive artist residency program in Italy with the Venice Printmaking Studio, an international non-profit studio devoted to large-format printmaking and artist’s books. She will complete a 15-day residency at the studio, participate in two biennial exhibitions in Venice and produce prints for limited edition through the program each summer for three consecutive years.


Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Music: See all upcoming music events here.

Tuesday 2/19
Lecture: “The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey.” A talk by Spencer Wells, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of ’56 Professor at Cornell University. He leads The Genographic Project, which is collecting and analyzing hundreds of thousands of human DNA samples in order to learn more about how our ancestors populated the planet. 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Thursday 2/21
Lecture: “Wealth and Equality: Modern America, the Gilded Age, and the Purpose of an Economy.” Richard White, Margaret Byrne Chair of History at Stanford University, presents the Mary L. Bierman Lecture on the History of the American West. White is the author of several historical volumes including Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 2/21
VWRS: The Visiting Writers Reading Series presents a reading by Heather McHugh, a MacArthur Fellow, essayist and former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She is the author of multiple poetry and essay collections and has edited two anthologies. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Friday 2/22
Workshop: “If I Build [My Social Network], Will They Come? Job Hunting Using Social Media.” A workshop on social media and the job market with alumni association members Mary Deming Barber ’78 and Kirsten Adams Gable ’01. 2 p.m. in Reid Campus Center Room G02.

Saturday 2/23
Global Studies Symposium: “Food in Global Perspectives.” Keynote speakers include David Kessler, the former commissioner of the USFDA; Peter Rosset, a professor at the Advanced Studies Institute of the Southern Frontier; and Jon Rubin, artist and associate professor at Carnegie-Mellon University. 1 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Monday 2/25
Storyteller: The Intercultural Center Storyteller Series presents Kathya Alexander, a writer, actor, poet, playwright and teaching artist. She will perform “With Hope and With Morning: Stories of the Civil Rights Movement” as the third installment of the series. Reception to follow. 7 p.m. in the Glover Alston Center.

Monday 2/25
Lecture: “Beyond the Border: Canada/U.S. Relations.” A talk by Denis Stevens, Consul General of Canada. Stevens is Canada’s senior representative in the Pacific Northwest, appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2010. He has served with the Canadian government for 17 years. 7:30 p.m. in Young Ballroom B, Reid Campus Center.

Tuesday 2/26
Lecture: “From China to Apple: How a Liberal Arts Grad Can Thrive in Silicon Valley.” A discussion with Jason Copeland ’94, Group Product Manager at Apple. Copeland, a graduate of Harvard Business School who has lived and worked in China, will share his thoughts on careers, work-life balance and how a liberal arts grad can thrive in Silicon Valley. 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre.

Wednesday 2/27
Lecture: “Building a Movement to End Poverty: An Evening With 2012 Green Party Vice Presidential Nominee Cheri Honkala.” A talk by anti-poverty activist and former Green Party running mate Cheri Honkala. She offers an insider’s look at leading a poor people’s social movement and discusses practical, impactful ways to create social change and battle poverty. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, 2/27 to Sunday 3/3
Theatre: “The Tempest.” HJT presents Shakespeare’s classic play, a magical tale of romance, political intrigue and drunken louts. Prospero, after being trapped on an island by his power-hungry brother, finally gets a chance for revenge when a ship carrying his brother passes by on its way to Naples. An enchanted tale filled with humor, romance and adventure. Tickets available Feb. 15. For more information, click here.

Thursday 2/28
Lecture: “Digital Return: Cultural Heritage and the Ethics of Cultivating Indigenous Knowledge.” A talk by Kimberly Christen, associate professor of critical culture, gender and race studies at Washington State University. Dr. Christen’s academic research focuses on the intersection of digital technologies, archival practices, cultural heritage movements and intellectual property rights within indigenous communities and the global commons. 7 p.m. in Olin 130.


Athletic Events – Home Games

Men’s Basketball (Sherwood Athletic Center)
Thursday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. NWC Tournament: Semi-Finals

Women’s Basketball (Sherwood Athletic Center)
Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. NWC Tournament: Semi-Finals


Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Doug Scarborough, assistant professor of music, coaxes the best from the Whitman Jazz Band during a recent rehearsal. The group ispreparing to perform in the Winter Jazz Ensemble Concert next Tuesday, Feb. 26. Full size.


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Staff and Faculty News Briefs
Campus Events
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Parting Shot

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