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Third Space Speaker Series

An essential element of inclusive excellence is the broad engagement of faculty, staff and students across the institution in the work, which requires campus-wide opportunities and mechanisms for professional development, continuous learning and capacity building.

With support from the Johnston-Fix Foundation, Whitman College launched the Third Space Speaker Series. The series features scholars, artists, writers and thought leaders in dialogue with each other and with the Whitman community in an intellectual space where cultural humility, cultural wealth and cultural pluralism converge.

What is a Third Space?

The concept of a Third Space emerges from the work of scholars of color, who see a third space as one of transgressive possibilities and where those who are often confined to the margins are centered. In environments where one cultural narrative or framework reigns over others, where structural power is concentrated in the few and where traditions and systems reinforce hierarchical status relations, a Third Space serves as an interruption to that framework.

What we seek with this series is to cultivate a space, and ultimately a community, where cultural humility, cultural wealth and cultural pluralism are understood, recognized, and practiced. The scholars who popularized the term cultural pluralism explain that, “each person must be aware of and secure in their own identity and be willing to extend to others the same respect and rights that they expect to enjoy themselves.”


Whitman has previously hosted the following scholars to provide opportunities for transformative educational experiences that can challenge our assumptions, inspire new questions and contribute to our personal and intellectual growth. 


Leigh Patel portrait
Leigh Patel

Sheeva Sabati portrait
Sheeva Sabati

Nicholas Villanueva portrait
Nicholas Villanueva

Scott Brooks portrait
Scott Brooks


A.D. Carson portrait
Dr. A.D. Carson

Dr. Jared Ball portrait
Dr. Jared Ball

Lisette Torres-Gerald portrait
Lisette Torres-Gerald

Alex Locust portrait
Alex Locust

Lissa Remirez-Stepleton portrait
Lissa Ramirez-Stapleton

Please contact diversity@whitman.edu for more information.

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