WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Legendary community organizer Saul Alinksy, whose methods are said to have impacted the careers of both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will be the focus of a three-day symposium on the Whitman College campus Oct. 15-17.

Lectures, workshops and training in community organizing will honor the memory of Chicagoan Saul Alinsky in symposium titled “Alinsky at 100: Community Organizing in the 21st Century.” 

Speakers include David Alinksy, Saul’s son, who will present “Who was Saul Alinsky?” at 7 p.m. in Kimball Auditorium, Hunter Conservatory. He will be joined by Mark Santow, professor of American history, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and author of the forthcoming book “Saul Alinsky and the Dilemma of Race in the Post-War City” (U. Chicago Press.)  For a complete schedule of events and presenters, click here 

Alinsky at 100” is part of a national series of events at colleges and universities around the country this year in remembrance of Alinsky’s work and legacy through the Industrial Areas Foundation (AIF) and other organizing programs. The event at Whitman will combine historical information, current relevance of community organizing and practical training sessions in Alinsky’s organizing techniques for students and others. All events are free, but some sessions will require registration. For more information, visit the schedule of events online or contact Michelle Janning, sociology department chair at janninmy@whitman.edu.


            This symposium is part of a year-long series of events and dialogues devoted to public sociology held within Whitman’s sociology department. It, along with other events in 2009-10, is sponsored by a grant from Whitman's Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award Fund, the Provost/Dean of Faculty's Visiting Educator Fund, the Departments of Sociology and History, ASWC and the Whitman Events Board, the Blue Mountain Community Foundation, and with support from the National Organizers Alliance.



Contact: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156.