April 6, 2015


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Faculty News Briefs

Associate Professor of Philosophy Julia Ireland's article, "Naming Physis and the 'Inner Truth of National Socialism': A New Archival Discovery," was reviewed in the Hannah Arendt Center's online newsletter "Amor Mundi," where it was described as a "rare genuine scholarly discovery" and "an extraordinary example of how to treat controversial philosophical texts." In addition, Ireland's discovery was noted in a recent article published in the German newspaper Zeit Online as part of a discussion of ongoing concerns with the editing of Heidegger's Collected Works; the article's title, "Was heisst N.Soz?," refers to her archival discovery.

As the follow-up to her engagement with Heidegger's politics, Ireland will be presenting a paper on Heidegger's Black Notebooks in Siegen, Germany, later this April. Her paper is titled "Putting Heidegger's Black Notebooks in the Grey Zone: Intervention and Complicity," and addresses what the notebooks show about Heidegger's relationship to National Socialist student groups, the transformation of the German University and the tension that underlies Heidegger's rejection of racial biologism and what she is more controversially forwarding as Heidegger's "anti-JudeoJesuitism."

Zoo Renewal: White Flight and the Animal Ghetto by Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies Lisa Uddin was just published by the University of Minnesota Press. Uddin's book examines questions of race, urban life and the postwar revitalization of American zoos by presenting a fascinating counterhistory of American zoos in the 1960s and 1970s. Uddin revisits the familiar narrative of zoo reform and shows how the drive to protect endangered species and to ensure larger, safer zoos was shaped by struggles over urban decay, suburban growth and the dilemmas of postwar American whiteness.

Stanton Street Road Closure

The City of Walla Walla will begin work on Stanton St. between Boyer Ave. and University St. on Wednesday, April 8. The project will replace a sanitary sewer main in the roadway. On Tuesday afternoon, April 7, the contractor will close off the roadway in preparation for the work. On-street parking within the project area is prohibited, so if you usually park your car on Stanton St. between Boyer Ave. and University St., please move it by the morning of April 8. The project is expected to take three weeks. Please direct any questions you may have to the City of Walla Walla Project Manager Mike Laughery at mlaughery@wallawallawa.gov

Campus Events

Whitman Undergraduate Conference 2015

The Whitman Undergraduate Conference is an annual celebration of the scholarship and creativity that Whitman students invest in their academic work and in unique projects outside the classroom. Over the course of a full day in April, students are given the opportunity to present work they have completed as part of study abroad programs, senior theses, summer research, fellowships, internships or independent projects. The WUC Program can be downloaded here.

April 7, various venues across campus

Lecture: Christine Lanphere '86 - Creating Global Citizens

In a talk titled Creating Global Citizens: World Language Education and College and Career-Ready Students, Christine Lanphere '86 will address the role of foreign languages in the evolving landscape of secondary education, including the Common Core standards. Lanphere is an award-winning French teacher (selected as National Language Teacher of the Year in 2007 by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) from Sacramento, California.

April 8 at 7 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 221

Lecture: Rachel Havrelock - Pipeline: The Transport of Oil and Making of the Modern Middle East

Rachel Havrelock trained in Hebrew Bible, Rabbinics, folklore, and Middle East studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Havrelock's research concerns three distinct areas and the overlap among them. Her work on gender and the Bible began with a co-authored book, Women on the Biblical Road, that introduced the idea of a female hero pattern based on evidence from the Hebrew Bible. River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line illustrates her distinct methodology of combining biblical studies, literary and political theory, and the politics of interpretation. Havrelock's work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and modern Middle East has been published in the journal National Identities and in Understanding Life in the Borderlands: Boundaries in Depth and in Motion. Her current research in this area focuses on the oil pipeline that once ran from Kirkuk to Haifa. She plans to publish this research as a book titled Pipeline: How Oil Created the Modern Middle East and How Water Can Transform It. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty Visiting Educator Fund.

April 8 at 7 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Visiting Artist Lecture: Veronica Siehl

Whitman College's art department welcomes Veronica Siehl to campus for an artist lecture. Siehl is a Chicago-based printmaker and artist who will also be leading printmaking and photography students in a Cyanotype workshop on April 9 and 10. Her lecture is free and open to the public.

April 9 at 4 p.m. Fouts Center for Visual Arts, Fouts 201

Lecture: Adam Romero - We Are Gathered Here Today: The LGBT Movement After Marriage Equality

Adam Romero is the senior counsel and Arnold D. Kassoy scholar of law at the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Previously, Romero was a senior associate at the law firm WilmerHale, where he was a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation groups. He successfully represented the plaintiffs in Cooper-Harris v. USA, the first case in the nation to declare unconstitutional laws barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in the veterans-benefits context. See more here.

April 9 at 7 p.m. Maxey Hall, Maxey Auditorium

Lecture: Prof. Tets Sato

Prof. Tets Sato, an environmental biologist and deputy director general at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan, will introduce the concepts of sato-yama ("village-mountain") and sato-umi ("village-ocean"), which represent traditional Japanese land-use systems based on a balanced relationship between human beings and nature. On June 27, 2007, the Japanese government announced the Satoyama Initiative in order to re-examine how human beings can become partners in sustaining a variety of ecosystem services. The Satoyama Initiative seeks to remember traditional ways in which people worked with mountains and oceans, and to explore shared management systems in which various actors, including corporations, participate in working toward the combined goals of a low-carbon, resource circulating, nature-harmonious society. In addition to his work in Japan, Sato has visited the Walla Walla and Columbia River basins to study ongoing land management and salmon-safe initiatives. His talk coincides with a Whitman College class on Haiku and nature in Japan.

April 9 at 7.30 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 130

Performance: From Tel Aviv to Ramallah - A Beatbox Journey

This hip-hop performance by Yuri Lane and Sharif Ezzat will take you inside the Israel/Palestinian conflict through music and performance that narrates the parallel lives of an Israeli and Palestinian set during the al-Aksa Intifada. The script was written by visiting educator in history Rachel Havrelock of the University of Illinois, Chicago. With a synergy of beatboxing and storytelling, Chicago-based performance artist Yuri Lane breathes new life and humanity into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this "hip-hop travelogue of peace," the lives of two young men, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, collide at a West Bank checkpoint against a soundscape of dance club beats, muezzin calls and Tel Aviv traffic. This one-man-show was heralded by The New York Times as "vivid, heartening," and the Chicago Tribune dubbed it "a coolly extraordinary 55 minutes."

April 9 at 8 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Hanford Reach Intermediate Sea Kayak

A Saturday paddle on a 17-mile stretch of the Columbia River through Hanford Reach. Spend Friday night at the put-in. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

April 10 and 11

Fridays at Four Faculty Recital

Fridays at Four presents Amy Dodds, violin and Lyn Ritz, viola. This recital is free of charge and open to the public.

April 10 at 4 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Burma Voices

Whitman students read aloud stories of refugees from Burma. These poignant stories provide a perspective not often shared but nonetheless important. The performance will include a brief introduction to the history of the conflict in Burma, followed by student performers with mixed media interspersed throughout. Sponsored by GlobeMed.

April 10 at 7 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Senior Recital - Maggie Hickman '15

The Department of Music presents a voice recital featuring Maggie Hickman '15. This recital is free of charge and open to the public.

April 10 at 7.30 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Whitman presents the The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a fan favorite forever. Join in the fun in costume.

April 10 at 9 p.m. Maxey Hall, Maxey Auditorium

Day Hike

A spring day hike to enjoy the wildflowers and beautiful views of the Blue Mountains. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

April 11

Whitman College Faculty Jazz Concert

The Department of Music presents the Whitman College Faculty Jazz Concert, featuring Doug Scarborough on trombone, Gary Hemenway on piano and vocals, Gary Gemberling on trumpet and vocals, Michael Simon on bass, Phil Lynch on guitar and vocals, Clark Bondy on alto sax, Spencer Martin on drums and special guest Elyse Semerdjian on oud and vocals. The program for this concert is as follows: Lulu's Back in Town, Fats Waller; Strollin', Horace Silver; Naima, John Coltrane; Hal Asmar El-Lon, Lena Chamamyan; Bali Ma'ak, Lena Chamamyan; Ya Mara al Tawahin, traditional; Cloudburst, Jon Hendricks; Sir Duke, Stevie Wonder. This concert is free of charge and open to the public.

April 11 at 7 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall

Beginning Whitewater Kayak

A fun beginning whitewater paddle on the Umatilla River near Pendleton, Oregon. No experience needed! Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

April 12

Day Rock Climb

An outdoor climbing trip to Spring Mountain or Vantage, Washington. Great for beginner or intermediate climbers. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

April 12

Athletic Events - Home Games

Men's Tennis vs. Whitworth University

April 7 at 5 p.m.

Men's Tennis vs. Willamette University

April 11 at 1 p.m.

Men's Tennis vs. Pacific University (Oregon)

April 12 at 11 a.m.

Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, visual editor/photographer

Parting Shot - April 6, 2015

Fifth graders from Blue Ridge Elementary School talk life, the universe and everything at Clise Planetarium last week with Associate Professor of Astronomy Andrea Dobson, as part of Whitman's Science Outreach Program.

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