Power and Privilege Symposium 2015
This year's Power and Privilege Symposium takes place on Thursday, Feb. 19. The theme for 2015 is "The Past is Ever Present: Unmasking Systems of Oppression and Inequality."
The symposium aims to engage the Whitman community through discussion of how manifestations of oppression and inequality from the past continue to exert power through structural, institutional and systemic oppression in the present. The theme is particularly relevant in light of recent discussions surrounding police brutality, economic diversity, sexual assault, body positivity and global climate change both within the Whitman community and in a broader national and global context.
This is an opportunity for members of the Whitman community to come together and engage in difficult, thoughtful and honest conversation on issues that affect us all. Students, faculty members and staff members are invited to attend.
Nominations for the Suzanne L. Martin Award
It is the time of year to make your nominations for the Suzanne L. Martin Award for Excellence in Mentoring.
The award, named for former faculty member and Associate Dean of Students Suzanne L. Martin, is presented to a staff or faculty member in recognition of his or her accomplishments in helping students get the most out of their time at Whitman, as well as for their extraordinary engagement in the Whitman community. This includes helping students define their goals, increasing their confidence in their abilities and having a positive influence on their lives while at Whitman.
Nominations may be submitted by all members of the Whitman community and must be received on or before March 30. Send the nominations to Bridget Jacobson (email@example.com), administrative assistant to the dean of students office.
Calling All Alumni Who Work at Whitman
The Alumni Association and the Student Engagement Center have worked together to create a career networking reception for alumni who work at Whitman and sophomore students. If you are one of the more than 80 alumni who work at Whitman College, you have a unique perspective on working here, and we invite you to share it with our students. We hope that you will attend and take this opportunity to get to know members of the sophomore class.
Tuesday, Feb. 24
4.30 to 5.30 p.m.
Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom B
RSVP to Rikki Gwinn at firstname.lastname@example.org or x5167.
Whitman in the News
Sociology professor Helen Kim and associate dean Noah Leavitt talk to NPR about their recently published research on Asian-American/Jewish intermarriage.
Biology professor Paul Yancey discusses his discovery of a new species of fish that lives in the depths of the Mariana Trench.
Interested in creating art using a technique similar to that of the elusive street artist Banksy? Come make a stencil that will be used to create images in the Stevens Gallery in Reid.
Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. Reid Campus Center, Resource Room
Dr. Shakti Butler, founder and president of World Trust, will give the keynote address for our annual Power & Privilege Symposium. Her presentation, "Framing the System of Inequality," will highlight the systems of inequality throughout our world and demonstrate tools to understand them. Butler is a filmmaker and a dynamic educator in the field of diversity and racial equity. She engages audiences with participatory keynotes and workshops, often using clips from her films. Known as a catalyst for change, she is hired by organizations seeking broader support for their diversity and inclusion goals. Butler is a multiracial African-American woman (African, Arawak Indian and Russian-Jewish) whose work as a creative and visionary bridge builder has challenged and inspired learning for more than two decades. She is the producer and director of groundbreaking documentaries including The Way Home, Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible, and Light in the Shadows. Her latest film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, uses story, theater and music to illuminate the larger frame of structural/systemic racial inequity. For more information, click here.
Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Cordiner Hall
Whitman students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to participate in the 2015 Power & Privilege Symposium. For a schedule of workshops, click here.
Feb. 19. Campuswide
Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Olin 157
Dear White People is the story of Sam White, a mixed-race film production major at fictional Winchester University, a prestigious and predominantly white school, whose radio show "Dear White People" and self-published book Ebony and Ivy cause a stir on campus. The movie was inspired by filmmaker Justin Simien's experiences as an African-American college student.
Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Cordiner Hall
Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre
Whitman Kappa Alpha Theta presents a gala to support CASA, Court-Appointed Special Advocates, with a silent auction featuring prizes from Well Face and Body, Martin Jewelers, T Maccarone's and more. Light snacks provided, refreshments available for purchase. All proceeds benefit CASA. Tickets are $10, available at the door.
Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. Main Street Studios (207 W. Main St.)
Learn how to backcountry ski. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.
Learn how to build a snow shelter (digloo) and then spend the night in it. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.
Longer ski day exploring the trails at Meacham Sno-Park. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.
Students of John David Earnest perform their works.
Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall
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