February 17, 2015

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.

A keynote address from Dr. Shakti Butler, "Framing the System of Inequality," will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., while a series of workshops campuswide will occur on Thursday, Feb. 19.

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.

Power and Privilege Symposium 2015

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 (jacobsbk@whitman.edu), 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 gwinnrl@whitman.edu or x5167.


Whitman in the News

NPR - "Part Asian-American, all Jewish?"

Sociology professor Helen Kim and associate dean Noah Leavitt talk to NPR about their recently published research on Asian-American/Jewish intermarriage.

CBC Radio - "Fish go very low"

Biology professor Paul Yancey discusses his discovery of a new species of fish that lives in the depths of the Mariana Trench.


Campus Events

Workshop: Stevens Gallery Stencil Art

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

Power & Privilege Symposium Keynote: Dr. Shakti Butler - "Framing the System of Inequality"

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

Power & Privilege Symposium

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

Film Screening: Dear White People

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

Sunset Snowshoe

Moonlight snowshoe at Horseshoe Prairie. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

Feb. 20

Fridays at Four: John Pickett, Piano

Whitman College presents a concert featuring pianist John Pickett performing several Beethoven sonatas. This concert is free of charge and open to the public.

Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Gala for CASA - Silent Auction

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.)

Intro to Backcountry Skiing

Learn how to backcountry ski. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

Feb. 21

Overnight Snow Shelter Construction

Learn how to build a snow shelter (digloo) and then spend the night in it. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

Feb. 21

Intermediate Crosscountry Ski

Longer ski day exploring the trails at Meacham Sno-Park. Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop.

Feb. 22

Composers Spring Concert

Students of John David Earnest perform their works.

Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall


Athletic Events - Home Games

Women's Tennis vs. George Fox University

Feb. 21 at 10 a.m.

Women's Tennis vs. Pacific University (Oregon)

Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.


Parting Shot

Parting Shot - February 17, 2015

Frisbee in February: Catching a frisbee and some sun, Sam Traylor '17 enjoys the unseasonably warm and sunny February weather.


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