Who We Are

The Center for Global Studies serves as a nexus to help faculty, staff and students access and reflect on existing global learning opportunities at Whitman College. The Center for Global Studies is a hub for creating innovative new communities and global learning opportunities for our campus.

What We Do

The Center for Global Studies assists faculty with the development of innovative curricula; oversees the implementation of Whitman’s concentration in global studies; connects students with global experiences in partnership with the Office of Off-Campus Studies; and oversees the O’Donnell Visiting Educator program.

Learn more about how we are bringing Whitman to the world below.

Our History

Whitman College has excelled as a center for global relationships for more than a decade. The original Global Studies Initiative launched in 2008 with support from a Mellon Faculty Development Grant. Over the past 10 years, the initiative supported faculty development through an annual symposium, summer workshops and seminars.

The initiative focused on faculty development as a mechanism for generating new team-taught courses that model the multi-dimensional, interdisciplinary approach central to global studies, for infusing global perspective into existing courses and for developing unique O'Donnell lectureships/workshops that bring professionals and scholars in the global arena to Whitman College and enrich both student and faculty experiences.

The Center for Global Studies centralizes that work and expands it to our entire campus community.

Stories about Global Learning

  • Whitman’s Short-Term Courses Make Study Abroad Accessible

    September 10, 2018 • During Crossroads Courses, Whitman College students learn from faculty experts and international partners. The short-term summer courses make study abroad can put study abroad experiences in reach for more students.

  • Whitman Launches New Center for Global Studies

    July 30, 2018 • This year, Whitman students have the opportunity to benefit from a new Center for Global Studies. The Center for Global studies will serve as a focal point for students and faculty to help them access and reflect on the global learning opportunities already available on campus.

  • Chasing Equality: Andrea Williams ’09 Fights for Immigrant Rights

    May 24, 2018 • As executive director of Causa, Oregon's leading immigrant rights organization, Andrea Williams '09 is on a mission to lift up the voices of Latino immigrants and their families. A politics major and Spanish minor, she was inspired to join the movement for social justice for all after taking part in Whitman's U.S./Mexico border trip.

  • Call it Karma: Professor Jonathan Walters Translates Ancient Buddhist Text

    May 24, 2018 • In an effort spanning decades, George Hudson Ball Endowed Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Religion Jonathan Walters did the seemingly impossible. He produced the first-ever complete translation of the Apadāna into a Western language.

  • From Nagasaki to Hanford: Survivor Shares His First-Hand Account

    May 24, 2018 • Mitsugi Moriguchi was only a child when his home city of Nagasaki was hit by a 21-kiloton plutonium bomb on August 9, 1945. Now he is the first known hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) to have visited the Hanford nuclear reactor.

Chasing Equality

Call it Karma