December 4, 2017

Faculty and Staff News Briefs

Developer, Application Support Rich Hinz (right) was invited to be a guest at Breaking Down Barriers, the International Disability Film Festival, which recently took place in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Now in its 14th year, the festival curates and screens films that highlight themes or characters with disabilities. Hinz spoke about his role as the protagonist of the film Jed's Day, which chronicles a day in the life of a man with cerebral palsy, and participated in a roundtable discussion on casting actors with disabilities.

Associate Professor of Islamic World/Middle East History Elyse Semerdjian was recently featured in an article in LA Weekly covering the topic of her new book project on gender and the Armenian Genocide. The Complicated History of Armenian Women's Genocide-Era Tattoos includes quotes from Semerdjian and tribal tattoo scholar Lars Krutak, both of whom offer context for a photograph of an unnamed, tattooed Armenian Genocide survivor on display in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles' "Tattoo: An Exhibition." Taken by George Rinhart in Aleppo, Syria, in 1919, near the YWCA where many trafficked Armenian women were rescued, the photograph displays the facial and chest tribal tattoos applied to a young Armenian woman by the community she lived with prior to rescue. Along with firsthand testimonies and memoirs, Semerdjian's new book uses photographs of victims' bodies and their tattoos as primary texts for writing about women's experience(s) during the Armenian Genocide.



Rich Hinz

Campus Events

Eighth Annual Arts and Crafts Fair

Whitman students, staff and faculty members will be selling homemade arts and crafts in time for the holiday season. Warm up with free hot cocoa and apple cider. Purchases are cash only. 

Monday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. in Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom 

Visiting Artist Lecture: Kiki Smith

Whitman welcomes artist Kiki Smith to campus for a public lecture, made possible by a collaboration with the Walla Walla Foundry and funding from the Robert and Mabel Groseclose Endowed Lecture Fund. 

Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium 

Concert: Whitman College Chamber Ensemble

Featuring: Robby Boyer, violin; Austin Kamin, cello; with Jan Roberts, piano. Also featuring Joshua Meling, Jack Fleming, Flora Klein, viola; Erin Cunningham and Liam Dubay, cello. 

Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall 

Whitman College Opera Workshop: Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti

Directed by Monica Griffin Hunter. Free and open to the public. 

Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Chism Recital Hall 

Service Saturday: Gift Wrapping

Help wrap the gifts that Whitman students, staff, faculty and other community members have donated for families in need through Blue Mountain Heart to Heart. There will be coffee, donuts and festive music. 

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 9:30 a.m. in Reid Campus Center, Room G02 


Athletic Events - Home Games

Men's Basketball vs Colorado College

Friday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.


Parting Shot

Parting Shot - December 4, 2017

From the archives: Students enjoy an art class during the Fall 1946 semester.


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Compiled by: Bryce Heuett