October 12, 2015

Faculty news briefs

Assistant Professor of Art Nicole Pietrantoni was recently chosen as the 2015 Marvin Bileck Visiting Artist in Printmaking at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. The Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project brings a guest artist to Bowdoin for a one-week residency each semester, giving students the opportunity to participate in an intensive workshop with a nationally renowned artist. During Pietrantoni's visit, she taught a drumleaf bookbinding workshop, a laser-engraved monoprinting workshop and a special workshop for the People, Power, Planet Symposium titled "Bookmaking for Expression and Social Change." The Bowdoin Orient student newspaper also covered Pietrantoni's class while she was in Maine.

Campus Events

Gendering Disaster

The featured presenters at this conference are: Jane Henrici, senior research fellow at the Institute for Women's Policy Research ("Losing the Little We Had: Gender, Race, and Disaster Recovery in Peru, Haiti, and the United States"); Emily Jones, assistant professor of German and environmental humanities from Whitman College ("Gendering Disaster in Literature"); and Cécile Stephanie Stehrenberger from the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany ("Disaster, Gender and Knowledge Production: On the History of Social Science Disaster Research, 1949-1989"). Please contact Jason Pribilsky, director of gender studies at Whitman College, to receive copies of the papers in advance of the event.

Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 157

How to End Poverty in Walla Walla: Kick-off event with Sojourn Theater

In April 2016, the Harper Joy Theatre will present Sojourn Theater's participatory play How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (with 99 people you may or may not know), which examines the ways we can combat poverty in our community. At this kick-off event, we will share information about the production, which tasks audiences with giving away $1,000 to fight poverty at the end of every performance. We need your help in identifying potential beneficiaries and the local poverty experts who can help deepen our dialogue around the landscape of wealth and poverty in Walla Walla County. For further information, please contact the Harper Joy Theatre Box Office at (509) 527-5180.

Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. Harper Joy Theatre lobby

Devising Civic Practice: Theatre, Community and Change - a public talk and reception with Michael Rohd

As many communities have discovered, the arts are a potent tool for impact. Artists and arts educators have long known that aligning with community needs has benefits both spiritual and practical. Michael Rohd will offer insight into developing collaborative projects with community and civic organizations and engaging in needs-focused practice that reveals new ways of using the assets and experiences of artists to build healthier communities, increase impact, expand local civic capacity, meet community needs, build support for and participation in the arts and engage with diverse constituents in important new ways.

Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. Freimann Studio Theatre, Harper Joy Theatre

Bierman Lecture: Anne F. Hyde - The Blue Flower and the Account Book

The fall Bierman lecturer is historian Anne F. Hyde. Her talk is titled "The Blue Flower and the Account Book: Writing a History of Mixed-Blood North America." Hyde is the author of the prize-winning book Empires, Nations, and Families: A New History of the North American West, 1800-1860, which received the 2011 Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Currently a professor of history at Colorado College, Hyde will join the the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 2016. This talk is free and open to the public.

Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 130

Whitman Teaches the Movement Film Screening: White People

What does it mean to be white? MTV's White People is a groundbreaking documentary on race that aims to answer that question from the viewpoint of young white people living in America today. The film follows Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas as he travels across the country to get this complicated conversation started. The series asks what's fair when it comes to affirmative action, if colorblindness is a good thing, what privilege really means and what it's like to become the "white minority." Please join Whitman Teaches the Movement for a special screening of this important and eye-opening documentary. Tea and hot chocolate will be served, and a conversation will follow the screening. For more information, go to race.lookdifferent.org.

Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory

Intermediate Whitewater Kayak

Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $90.

Oct. 16 to 17

Facilitation as a Creative Practice: A Workshop with Michael Rohd

How can we lead groups effectively in community settings? In this workshop, participants will focus on: tactics for building safe spaces; hosting meaningful and difficult dialogues; problem-solving and coalition-building. This workshop is open to all Whitman and Walla Walla community members and is sponsored by Whitman College's O'Donnell Visiting Educator in Global Studies fund. It is free of charge. Space is limited and attendees need to register in advance by emailing harperjoytheatre@whitman.edu or calling the Harper Joy Theatre Box Office at (509) 527-5180.

Oct. 16 at 9:30 a.m. 106 Acting Room, Harper Joy Theatre

Jazz Hands: Live Jazz Meets Live Drawing

Come see "Jazz Hands," the very first American concert de dessins, or "drawing concert," and experience first-hand the creation of a comic strip. The drawing process itself is projected in real time, while the audience looks on and listens to the interplay between live drawing and live jazz performance. This event is appropriate for all ages and free and open to the public. Sponsored by the O'Donnell Endowment in Global Studies and a proud part of the Sheehan Gallery graphic novel series of events for SEEING STORIES: Traversing the Graphic Narrative, artists include: JeanLouis Tripp; François Lapierre; Leslie Cain; Margaret Jameson; Kynde Kiefel; and Asa Mease. Music will be provided by: Doug Scarborough; Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey; and Michael Simon.

Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music

Sweet Adelines Chorus: Variety... The Spice of Life

Enjoy a wonderful performance of the Blue Mountain Chorus Sweet Adelines with Mill Creek Jazz Ensemble and Talent of the Valley. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Available at Book & Game on Main Street and the Whitman College Bookstore.

Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Cordiner Hall

Day Climb

Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $45.

Oct. 17

McClellan Lecture: The Surgeon Talks! Before and After the Knife

The fifth annual James McClellan Lecture on Humanity in Clinical Care will be given by David Roland Byrd, M.D., chief of section for surgical oncology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The public lecture will be followed by a reception in the Young Ballroom in the Reid Campus Center. Byrd is the surgeon who introduced the northwest to the use of the sentinel-node biopsy technique. A graduate of Tulane University Medical School, he is board-certified in general surgery (residency at the University of Washington) and has completed a surgical fellowship in cancer treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He is renowned not only for his expertise in the surgical treatment of a number of different cancers, but also for his dedication to the teaching and support of surgical residents.

Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. Chism Recital Hall, Hall of Music


Sign up at the Outdoor Program Rental Shop. Cost: $35.

Oct. 18

Senior Violin Recital: Lila Stange '16

Whitman College Department of Music presents a senior violin recital.

Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory

Magasin Général: Artistic Collaboration in French Comics

What's the difference between a comic and a graphic novel? What makes a work literature? In this roundtable discussion, co-authors JeanLouis Tripp and François Lapierre, along with Whitman French professor Sarah Hurlburt, will discuss authorship and artistic collaboration in 21st century French comics. The event takes place in the context of a semester-long exhibit and lecture series at the Sheehan Gallery, titled SEEING STORIES: Traversing the Graphic Narrative. Designed by Sheehan Gallery staff and Whitman faculty curators, this interdisciplinary display ranges from contemporary author-artists such as Joe Sacco, Craig Thompson and Alison Bechdel to French bande dessinée to superhero comics. The exhibit runs through Dec. 11. A reception and book signing will follow the talk in the Sheehan Gallery. Copies of Magasin Général will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the Ashton J. and Virginia Graham O'Donnell Endowment in Global Studies.

Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 157

William O. Douglas Lecture: Nancy Langston

Nancy Langston is an environmental historian who explores the interconnected histories of ecosystem health and human health. Her most recent book, Toxic Bodies, asks how and why endocrine disrupting chemicals have saturated our bodies and our environments. Langston's lecture explores Anishinabeg opposition to toxics mobilized by open-pit iron mining in the Lake Superior basin, a region shared between the U.S. and Canada that has recently witnessed a major mining boom.

Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Olin Hall, Olin 130

Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, visual editor/photographer

Parting Shot - Oct. 12, 2015

Caitlin Scott '18 (left) and Evgeniya Sicheva '18 find a quiet spot in the sun to study in the cafe at Penrose Library.

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