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.