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  • Professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain Publishes Nonfiction Border Story
    The New York Times

    May 2, 2019 In his new book, "The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez," Professor of Politics Aaron Bobrow-Strain weaves "a rich, novelistic tale of a young woman whose life spans both sides of the United States-Mexican border."

  • Court of Appeals' Visit to Whitman Features Alumni on Both Sides of the Bench
    Campus News

    May 1, 2019 Two alumni will meet in legal action on Whitman's campus this week, when trial lawyer Andrea Burkhart '00 argues a case in front of Chief Judge Robert Lawrence-Berrey '86 of the Washington State Court of Appeals (Division III). The oral arguments will be held in Maxey Auditorium at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, and are open to the public.

  • Hosokawa Lecturer: Tell the Stories that Need to be Told
    Campus News

    May 1, 2019 Best-selling author Sarah Kendzior came to Whitman on April 24, 2019, to encourage students from the Whitman Wire to continue their pursuit of journalism.

  • Bécquer Medak-Seguín '10 Examines Impact of Spain's Election
    The Nation

    April 30, 2019 Bécquer Medak-Seguín '10 is an assistant professor of Iberian studies at Johns Hopkins University. He co-wrote this essay titled, "In a Polarized Spain, Voters Give the Socialists Another Chance." It reports on the latest political shifts within Spain's government, including Socialist gains as well as the emergence of a strong far-right.

  • Patrick Page '85 Nominated for Tony Award
    The Spokesman-Review

    April 30, 2019 The actor earned his first Tony nod for his role in the new Broadway musical "Hadestown," from director Rachel Chavkin and singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. The show, which brings the ancient Greek story of Orpheus and Eurydice and their journey to the underworld to 1930s America, leads the field of Tony Award nominations this year with 14, including Page's for best featured actor in a musical.

  • Alumna Becky Avila '09 Shares Advocacy Message with Students
    Campus News

    April 29, 2019 Becky Avila ’09 knows how hard it can be for first-generation students of color to succeed in college. As a first-year student at Whitman College in 2005, she worked hard to overcome hurdles. Since graduating with her degree in race and ethnic studies, Avila went on to earn a graduate degree and return to the Los Angeles neighborhood where she grew up.

  • Life After Whitman: Leah Wilson-Velasco '03
    Campus News

    April 29, 2019 As CEO of the Walla Walla Symphony, Leah Wilson-Velasco '03 brings people together through music. Starting with her undergraduate work managing the Fridays at Four recital series at Whitman College, Wilson-Velasco found her calling in the arts administration field.

  • Lauren McCullough '12 Featured in Photography Series on Multilayered Identity
    NPR

    April 28, 2019 A politics major at Whitman who currently resides in Seoul, McCullough provided this statement to accompany her portrait: "I'm Korean. I'm American. I'm an adoptee. I don't care to hyphenate or qualify; if I did, where would it end? I push against the rigid boundaries of Koreanness." Korean-Canadian photographer Hannah Yoon, who is behind the project, says connecting with other Koreans abroad while collaborating on her work led to a deeper understanding of her own life experience.

  • Sociology Professor Discusses Implications of Household Contaminants
    NPR

    April 22, 2019 Assistant Professor of Sociology and Garrett Fellow Alissa Cordner, who specializes in environmental health and risk management, talked about the public safety concerns associated with a group of fluorinated pollutants known as PFAS, common but little-understood chemicals used in water-resistant clothing, stain-resistant furniture, nonstick cookware and many other consumer products. Cordner is one of the organizers of a nationwide PFAS contamination list.

  • Sociology Professor Explores How to Help Kids in Blended Families Feel at Home
    The Orlando Sentinel

    April 21, 2019 Raymond and Elsie DeBurgh Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology Michelle Janning explained the importance of personal space for children living in blended families, whether that means a room, a shelf, a chest, a desk or a drawer of their own. She noted, "The amount of stuff or the size of the space one controls doesn’t matter so much as the feeling that you have control over your things."

  • Politics Professor Interviewed on New Immigration Book, Border Policy
    NPR

    April 20, 2019 Professor of Politics Aaron Bobrow-Strain spoke to NPR Weekend Edition host Scott Simon about his new book, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez, which chronicles one undocumented woman's journey through the U.S. immigration system.

  • VIDEO: I'm a Whittie - Lukas Koester '19
    Campus News

    April 18, 2019 Lukas Koester graduates from Whitman in May 2019. From trombone playing to working in the student engagement center, Lukas has learned a lot during his four years at Whitman, a place he knew he could call home the first time he visited.

  • Debate Team Trains Students to Listen Critically
    Campus News

    April 18, 2019 At Whitman College, students are learning the critical role that well-honed arguments and careful listening play in the art of debate. Led by Lauran Schaefer, director of Debate and Forensics, and Baker Weilert, assistant director, the Whitman Debate Team is training students not just to argue, but also to listen.

  • Whitman Hosts Printmaking Classes for Bilingual First-Graders
    Campus News

    April 17, 2019 This spring, the Fouts Center for the Visual Arts is the site of a new arts program bringing bilingual first-graders from Edison Elementary School in Walla Walla to Whitman’s campus.

  • All In: Debi Toews '76 Knows the Impact of Scholarships
    Campus News

    April 16, 2019 Debi (Aucutt) Toews '76 journey to Whitman College began in a hair salon. That's where her mother ran into another mom whose daughter was a sophomore at Whitman. Her mom loved the idea of the small class sizes. For Toews, she loved the friendly approach of then-director of admissions William Tingley, whom she met at a college fair shortly thereafter.

  • All In: Community Connections Spur Alumni Couple to Give Back
    Campus News

    April 16, 2019 Kate (Pringle) VanDonge ’11 met her future husband in the History of Ancient Greece. But it wasn’t the battle of Troy or the birth of philosophy that ignited young love. It was the wardrobe of a guest lecturer.

  • All In: From “New Dorm” to a New Dorm — 40 Years Gives Employee Couple Unique Perspective on Giving
    Campus News

    April 16, 2019 Nancy Tavelli and Keith Farrington came to Whitman College in 1977. Farrington took a faculty position in the Department of Sociology. Tavelli was a resident director in “new dorm” — now William O. Douglas Hall.

  • All In: Donor Support Provides Experiences, Equipment for Whitman’s Scholar-Athletes
    Campus News

    April 16, 2019 Opportunities that strengthen the experience for Whitman’s scholar-athletes come because of the generosity of donors. Experiences like when the team got to play at what was then Safeco Field in Seattle. Or when Kitamura saved up to purchase a new pitching machine. Or this year, when the team was able to travel to Tucson, Arizona, and play in the Kino Sports Complex, a former MBL spring training facility.

  • Workers' Rights Advocates Win Project Pericles Competition
    Campus News

    April 15, 2019 First-year Whitties Salma Anguiano ’22 and Ameliz Price-Dominguez ’22 tied for first place in the national Letters to an Elected Official Competition, presented by Project Pericles.

  • Whitman Marine Biologist on Groundbreaking Snailfish Genome Sequencing
    Nature

    April 15, 2019 Carl E. Peterson Endowed Chair of Sciences and Emeritus Professor of Biology Paul Yancey described the "exciting" new genetic mapping of the hadal snailfish, the first animal from the extreme depths of the ocean to have its genome sequenced. It may reveal clues as to how such organisms survive in hostile environments like the Mariana Trench, the deepest place in the ocean.