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O'Donnell Visiting Educators - Past Academic Years

The purpose of this endowment is to create a program of O'Donnell Visiting Educators (OVEs). These are individuals who have experience in international affairs, principally from the standpoint of the practitioner. (Individuals who are purely academics are less desirable as OVEs, although an academic who has had significant applied experience in international subjects might be appropriate.)

September 9-13, 2015: Joe Sacco. Lecture and interview for opening Sheehan Gallery's exhibition season.

October 15-16, 2015: Michael Rohd. Kick-off "How to End Poverty" in Walla Walla event. A public talk and workshop -Devising Civic Practice: Theatre, Community and Change.

October 13-18, 2015: JeanLouis Tripp and Francois Lapierre. Jazz Hands: Live Jazz meets Live Drawing. The very first American concert de dessins, or "drawing concert," and experience first-hand the creation of a comic strip.

November 9 -16, 2015: Dawn Paley. Public Lecture - Drug, War and Capitalism.

January 25-29, 2016: Brian Concannon: A video conference between human rights lawyer Brian Concannon and author Edwidge Danticat.

February 1 - April 31, 2016: Marc Sinan. Teaching a new course - Contemporary Trips into the World of Traditional Music of Asia Minor and Central Asia.

April 1-2, 2016: Marc Sinan, Oğuz Büyükberber, Rolf Zielke and Daniel Eichholz. Two music concerts - field recordings of American Prisoners of War from 1916 and traditional music from central Asia.

February 24-March 13, 2016: Lauren Adams: Work with the Adnan Charara collection of ethnographic photographs, create an installation in Maxey Museum in dialogue with the planned exhibition of the collection at the Sheehan Gallery.

March 4-5, 2016: Al-Andalus Ensemble, Julia and Tarik Banzi. A music intervention, Harmonizing American Foreign Policy from 1990 to Present Day.

March 27-30, 2016: Mouin Rabbani. A lecture, Understanding the ISIS Phenomenon and a workshop, Research, Analysis and Report: The Nuts and Bolts of Writing an NGO Report.

April 3-8, 2016: Ustad Usman Khan. Sitar workshops and a public concert.

April 4-6, 2016: Franco Barchiesi. Liberalism and Antiblackness: The Atlantic Racial Paradigm of Labor Between the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.

September 18-19, 2014: Jessica Litwak. Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict Screening and a Public Lecture.

October 19-20, 2014: Kum-Kum Bhavnani. Screening and discussion of Bhavnani’s film “The Shape of Water” as part of the Gender Studies Research Roundtable events.

November 5, 2014: Harout Ekmanian. An Eyewitness to the Syrian Uprising: A Conversation with Syrian journalist and activist Harout Ekmanian.

March 1-15, 2015: Jamie Workman. The Comedy of the Commons, a week long two short courses to students.

April 1-14, 2015: Sarah Lee Parker Mansare and Mamady “Tambou” Mansare III. One World Dance and Drum, the dances, music and folklore, and cuisine of Guinea, West Africa.

April 8-10, 2015: Yuri Lane and Sharif Ezzat. From Tel Aviv to Ramallah: A Beatbox Journey” a hip-hop performance.

October 9, 2013: Dr. Chris Perdue is a physician and public health specialist, formerly an Army officer, who now serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Public Health Service. He currently is a Project Manager for the Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response (GEIS) System in the Department of Defense. He is primarily responsible for capacity building for infectious disease surveillance and outbreak response with civilian and military partners around the world to enhance global health security. His work focuses on systems and methods that are sustainable in resource-Limited settings.

November 10-23, 2013: Juan Lubroth. “One Heath”.

Fall 2013 workshop: David Schulz leads an interdisciplinary workshop on “Inscribing the Archive” in the fall 2013 semester.

November 2 – 22, 2013: Sayda Trujillo. Clowns Without Borders.

February 18 – 20, 2014: Director Pamela Yates and Producer Paco de Onis of Skylight Pictures. Film screening of the Emmy-nominated film, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011), a Q & A session, a workshop and two classroom visits.

March 29 –April 4, 2014: Jennifer Podkul, Senior Program Officer for the Migrant Rights and Justice Program of the Women's Refugee Commission. Public lecture.

April 3, 2014: As crime and violence have increased dramatically in Mexico and Central America in recent years, the number of unaccompanied children fleeing their homes and seeking protection in the United States has increased dramatically. The number of children making the treacherous journey alone and unaccompanied from these countries has doubled each year since 2010. And the U.S. government estimates more than 60,000 children will arrive in the U.S. this fiscal year in search of safe haven. This talk will explore the root causes of this new migration pattern and look at the United States' obligation to protect these vulnerable migrants and respond to this international crisis.

March 12, 2014: Haroon Ullah, a scholar, diplomat, and field researcher specializing in South Asia and the Middle East. Public lecture “Islam, Politics, and U.S. Diplomacy in Pakistan.”

May 9, 2014: The Mark Gavoor Ensemble, Mark Gavoor, Ara Topouzian, Leon Janikian and Michael Shimmin. From Ararat to America: 100 Years of Traditional Armenian and Middle Eastern Music.

May 4 – 10, 2014: Sorayya Khan, Pakistani-American novelist to work with students in Shampa Biswas’ Gender and International Hierarchy seminar in the Spring 2014 semester.

October 3, 2012: Amina Wadud. "Inside the Gender Jihad: Voices of Gender Reform from Within."

October 11, 2012: Dr. Lynn Morgan. "Consuming Embryos in China."

Fall 2012: Jamie Workman.

February 28, 2012: David Wolman, author & journalist (www.david-wolman.com). "Digital Dissidents: Inside Egypt's Youth Movement."

March 6, 2012: Diane Henkels and Lalaina Rakotoson. "Environmental Democracy in Madagascar." Lalaina Rakotoson is the founder and team leader of the Development and Environment Law Center (DELC), based in her home country of Madagascar. Diane Henkels '86 (French Literature) is a practicing attorney based out of Portland and Newport, Oregon whose areas of practice include sustainability and Native American advocacy.

March 26 & 28, 2012: Kevin McKiernan is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist whose award winning films have focused on minority struggles for self-determination. He presented two film screenings - "Good Kurds, Bad Kurds" and "Bringing King to China."

April 16, 2012: Dr. Mark Mathabane presented "Our Common Humanity" a lecture inspired by his escape from a life of poverty and terror in apartheid South Africa.

April 30, 2012: Sorraya Khan gave a reading from her novel Noor (2003). Khan is the author of two novels and the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant to conduct research in Pakistan and Bangladesh. She was awarded a Malahat Review Novella prize for a piece that was the starting point for her novel-in-progress. Recently, she received a Constance Saltonstall Artist Grant, which took her to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where she interviewed tsunami survivors.

September 3-17, 2010: John MacAloon. Professor and Associate Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. His scholarship on the history and anthropology of the Olympic Games is internationally renowned, and he holds the Olympic Order, the Olympic Movement's highest award for service. Public Lecture: “No More U.S. Olympic Games?: America in the World Today.” One credit course: “The Olympic Games: Liturgy of the World-System of Nation-States.”

September 27 – October 8, 2010: Magnus Isacsson, an independent documentary filmmaker. Public lecture: "Documenting an Original Protest Movement: The Raging Grannies."

February 7-9, 2011: Lisa Gossels, Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker. Film screenings: "My So-Called Enemy" followed by a multi-faith discussion and "The Children of Chabannes." 

March 2, 2011: Joe Sacco, Author of Footnotes in Gaza. Public lecture: Comics as Journalism" book signing followed.

March 29-April 14, 2011: Derek Jentzsch, is a business development advisor for Pact, a leading international non-governmental organization (INGO) based in Washington, DC. No public lecture, conducted a 3-week course whereby student working groups develop a case study of an international organization. Course title: The Business of Saving the World.

This was the first year for the Global Studies Program Initiative at Whitman College.

September 21–24, 2009: Joel Pett. A Pulitzer-Prize-winning newspaper cartoonist at Kentucky’s Lexington-Herald Leader. Public lecture: “What in the world is so funny?" Two forums: “What’s Black and White and Green?” and “Drawing Fire in a Crowded Theatre; Free Speech, Civil Liberties, and Political Cartoons.” Workshop: “Draw your own conclusions: A hands-on workshop on originality, creativity and satire.”

September 27–October 30, 2009: Jenik Radon. A practicing international lawyer, advising both governments and companies and also teaches at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Two credit course: “International Politics of Energy Development.” Public lecture: “The Georgian Energy Pipeline Cocktail: USA, Russia and Western Business Locked in ‘Lethal’ Embrace.”

November 2–21, 2009: Anthony Blow. A United States Merchant Marine Officers with extensive experience in maritime environment; international trade and logistics; and maritime security issues. One credit course: “Maritime Affairs, International Trade & Logistics. Forum: “Maritime Piracy: My Experiences Off the Coast of Somalia.”

February 1–17, 2010: Jonathon Curiel. A journalist in San Francisco and the author of “Al’ America: Travels Through America’s Arab and Islamic Roots”. The book, published by The New Press in November of 2008 (and republished in paperback in November of 2009), details the historic influence of Arab and Muslim culture on America, from the time of Columbus to the modern age. Public lecture: “From the Alamo to Elvis Presley: How Arab and Muslim culture has changed America for the better.” Three workshops: “How the Media Covers Islamic Culture – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “Music of the Arab and Muslim World – from Traditional to Dance and Trance” and, “Islamic Architecture – A History of Give-and-Take with the West.”

February 22–March 5, 2010: Inder Sud. An economist with extensive background and experience in economic development in developing countries. He had a long and distinguished career at the World Bank, where he held a variety of senior management positions dealing with various aspects of development: country program management, development policy, project appraisal and financing, and privatization and private sector development. He has worked in most regions of the world, but most extensively in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. One-credit course titled “Addressing Global Poverty”, forum on “Careers in International Development” and a public lecture: "Challenges of Foreign Aid in the 21st Century"

March 1–8, 2010: Kathryn Cook has been featured in exhibitions in the U.S in Chicago and California. She has also exhibited in Europe with shows in Italy and Germany. Her photography has appeared in the United States in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and Stern and in L'Espresso and D La Republica in Italy. Sheehan Gallery “Memory Denied: The Photography of Kathryn Cook” and two workshops, “The Image World” and “Truth in Photography.”

October 6, 2008: Kris Nyrop. Former Executive Director of Street Outreach Services (SOS), an international model for needle exchange and harm reduction in Seattle. A graduate of both Whitman College and the University of Washington, he has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention since 1988. Two two-week-long courses on the global HIV/AIDS pandemic and its links to migration, intravenous drug use, urbanization and prostitution and a public lecture entitled: "Politics and Public Health: Lessons from the AIDS Epidemic" on October 6, 2008.

November 5, 2008: Tomson Highway. A Canadian Cree dramatist and novelist, known for his dramas that grapple with issues relating to the First Nations, and for his recent novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen, (1998), which recounts the story of two young Cree boys. Diversity workshop with staff, several class visitations and public lecture on November 5 entitled: “Comparing Mythologies” – First Nations Mythology in a Canadian Context.

February 28, 2009: Mark Danner. A journalist, professor and author of "Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror." Speaker for the Symposium on “Torture and the Human Body,” presented by Global Studies. Featured three speakers who have written eloquently on the question of torture; a designated group of faculty and students commented on their presentations.

August 1–Dec. 31, 2007: Carmen Wickramagamage. Semester-long four-credit course entitled “Women’s Writing and Women’s Activism in South Asia”, a workshop “Global Women’s Partnership’s” and a public lecture: “‘Wards of the State?’ Women, Citizenship and Nation-State Politics in South Asia”.

October 10–24, 2007: Dr. Germaine Jacquette. Director of TB and Communicable Diseases for the Rockland County Dept. of Health in New York State. Course on “Global Challenges of Public Health”

February 2008: Ahmed Rhazaoui, Whitman Class of ‘68, recently retired from the United Nations where he served as Director of UN Office for West Africa, Deputy for Special Rep. of the Secretary General, UN Development Program Resident Rep and UN Coordinator in Rwanda, Cameroon and Senegal. Week-long course related to global development and international institutions as they relate to Africa. Public lecture: “From Annapolis To Jerusalem: A View From Damascus”

September 14, 2006: James Fallows. Author and National Correspondent for “The Atlantic Monthly.” Lecture: The U.S. and the Islamic World: Victory, Defeat or Coexistence?

September 25–29, 2006: Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher. Environmental Protection Agency of Ethiopia. Lecture: The Politics of Biosafety.

October 22–27, 2006: Brent Goff. Based in Berlin, Germany. Producer of “Global Players” and anchors the business news on Deutsche Welle TV. Weeklong seminar; no public lecture.

November 12–14, 2006: John Chant. Emeritus Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University and a director of the Canadian Payments Association. Lecture: The International Monetary Fund: At a Crossroad?

April 23, 2006: Sexuality and Human Rights Forum. Panel discussion: Sea Ling Cheng, Don Kulick, and Penelope Saunders presented “International Sexual Rights: Homophobia and Human Trafficking”

Sponsored by ASWC : Lt. General Romeo Dallaire, Commander of the United Nations intervention forces in Rwanda in 1993.

April 1–30, 2006: Cristina Montiel, Department of Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines – Lecture: Personal Lives in the Midst of a Pro-democracy Movement.

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