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  • Professor Michelle Janning on Socioeconomic Implications of Smart Homes
    Vox

    November 16, 2018 Raymond and Elsie DeBurgh Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology Michelle Janning, author of The Stuff of Family Life: How Our Homes Reflect Our Lives, discussed the connotations of high-tech furnishings in so-called smart homes: "Being able to have emptiness in a home, you have to be able to afford this in the first place. Minimalism is only affordable to the affluent," she said.

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  • Exposing the Harmful Rhetoric in Medical Policies of the Past and Present
    Campus News

    November 13, 2018 Rhetoric studies major Kendra Winchester ’18 will present the findings of her thesis project on November 13, 2018 in Olin 129. She will discuss how histories of medicalization and race in America impact ongoing policy, law and social discourses for black communities.

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  • English Professor Explores Themes of Debut Essay Collection
    Los Angeles Review of Books

    November 13, 2018 Assistant Professor of English Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel, who teaches creative writing at Whitman, spoke about her new work "Fear Icons," which won the inaugural Gournay Prize at Ohio State University’s Mad Creek Books.

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  • Whitman College Begins Process of Divestment from Fossil Fuels
    Campus News

    November 12, 2018 The Whitman College Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to begin the process of reducing investment in fossil fuels as part of a comprehensive commitment to sustainability.

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  • Harmony in the Valley: How Whitman Partners With Local Music Scene
    The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    November 12, 2018 As the holidays approach, few traditions are as time-honored as families gathering to enjoy good music together. With annual favorites like the Feast of Carols on the horizon, Walla Walla is the perfect place to do so — and not just now, but all year round, as musicians from the college and community come together in countless ways.

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  • Reporter Reveals Humanity amid Conflict in the Middle East
    Campus News

    November 9, 2018 Journalist Nathan Jeffay has reported from the front lines of the Israeli-Arab conflict, a region fraught with political and religious unrest. But the lessons he has learned there have given him invaluable experience about the paradoxical sides of humanity.

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  • Acquiring a Taste for the History and Science of Wine
    Campus News

    November 8, 2018 Wine is more than bouquet, color and flavor. Inside every bottle there's also science, history and marketing myths, according to journalist and author Kevin Begos.

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  • Meditation Provides Students a Path to Better Health, Mindfulness
    Campus News

    November 8, 2018 When incorporated into one's daily routine, meditation can boost energy and mental focus, reduce anxiety, strengthen the immune system and ensure more restorative sleep - the very keys college students need to succeed.

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  • Video: Dio de los Muertos Festival
    Campus News

    November 2, 2018 Whitman College students, faculty and community members participated in the 2018 Dio de los Muertos Festival in downtown Walla Walla.

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  • Giving Voice to Songs and Stories about Freedom
    Campus News

    November 1, 2018 Dorothy Mukasa ’19 and Esther Ra ’19 are not only roommates and friends, they’re also the creative minds behind this year’s Freedom Songs concert and zine. Both venues — onstage and in print — provide safe spaces for Whitties to voice their thoughts on issues of race, privilege and different forms of oppression.

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  • ‘Robot-proof' Your Work Future
    Campus News

    October 31, 2018 Whether you are worried about artificial intelligence or eagerly awaiting the day when you can zip across town in your hovercraft like George Jetson, now is the time to see how your skills stack up against the rising robot class.

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  • Psychologist Finds Similarities in Animal and Human Brain Function
    Campus News

    October 29, 2018 What can dogs, dolphins and sea lions teach us about the human brain? More than you might think, according to research by Peter Cook, a psychology professor at New College of Florida.

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  • Comic Books Can Be a Useful Tool in the Classroom
    Campus News

    October 26, 2018 Comic books can have many benefits for improving children’s literacy and identity, according to Andréa Gilroy, a Pro Tempore instructor from the University of Oregon.

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  • Science Outreach Program Engages Elementary Students with STEM Principles
    Campus News

    October 24, 2018 On Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, Whitman College hosted Science Night at Berney Elementary as part of the college's Science Outreach program. Science stations were led by Whitman students and Berney volunteers and engaged the students with STEM principles.

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  • Annual Dia de los Muertos Community Festival Enters Sixth Year
    Campus News

    October 24, 2018 For six years Whitman College and the community of Walla Walla have come together to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. This year's festival is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Downtown Farmer's Market, 106 W. Main St.

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  • Environmental Writer Uses Humor to Examine Meaning in Landscapes
    Campus News

    October 19, 2018 Writer, humorist, environmentalist and self-described “desert rat” Michael Branch has been invited to Whitman to read excerpts from his latest book “How to Cuss in Western: And Other Missives from the High Desert” released by Shambhala/Roost Books.

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  • Sociology Professor on "Romantic Marketplace" of Ghostwritten Love Letters
    Medium

    October 16, 2018 In an article on the significance of love letters, Raymond and Elsie DeBurgh Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology Michelle Janning explained how "paying for a [professionally composed or ghostwritten] love letter shows that people feel pressure to 'prove' their romantic worth to society" through the written word in much the same way as they would by buying a box of chocolates. In Janning's book, Love Letters: Saving Romance in the Digital Age, she found that 88 percent of the more than 800 people surveyed said that they keep the love notes they receive as mementos.

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  • Award-Winning Journalist Discusses Climate Change and Border Issues Oct. 18
    Campus News

    October 15, 2018 Award-winning independent journalist and author Todd Miller visits Whitman as part of the 2018-2019 Henry M. Jackson lecture in international relations, and discusses his book Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security.

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  • Politics Professor Reacts to State Death Penalty Ruling
    OPB

    October 15, 2018 The Washington State Supreme Court recently became the third high court in the nation to abolish the death penalty, with justices declaring capital punishment "invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner." Baker Ferguson Chair of Politics and Leadership Timothy Kaufman-Osborn has studied the death penalty for decades and his research has been cited by the Washington State Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court. He shared his expertise with Think Out Loud host Dave Miller.

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  • Fall Composers Concert Features Student Compositions
    Campus News

    October 12, 2018 Oct. 14 performance features new work written by Whitman College students.

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