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Mapping India
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Mapping India

In 1947, India was partitioned into India and Pakistan. An exhibition curated by Associate Professor of Art History Krista Gulbransen in the spring of 2023 at Whitman College’s Maxey Museum maps out the historical, political, social and geographical factors and forces at play: “Mapping India: Colonialism, Nationalism, and the Partition of South Asia.”

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Sarah Bolton speaking.

The Warmest of Welcomes for Whitman College’s Dr. Sarah Bolton

On Friday, April 28, 2023, Dr. Sarah Bolton had her Presidential Installation at Cordiner Hall, officially becoming Whitman’s 15th President.

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Human Centered Design

New Fields of Study for Today’s Students

Now more than ever, the world needs thinkers, leaders, innovators who can face the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century—with knowledge and tools, vigor and ethics.

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Kim Smith

Sustainability Expert Kim Smith ’90 on Leaning Into Hope & Resilence

Educator and sustainability expert Kim Smith ’90 encourages us to stay engaged and resilient in the face of climate change.

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Bertine Lakjohn ’23

Q&A: Fast 5 With a Youth Climate Activist

A Conversation with Bertine Lakjohn ’23.

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Shampa Biswas.

The Ukraine War Comes to the Classroom

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Shampa Biswas, the Judge and Mrs. Timothy A. Paul Chair of Political Science and Professor of Politics, knew it was a historic moment in global politics—and she wanted to give students a space to learn, think and talk about it.

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Brit Moss.

Brit Moss Nurture’s a Love of Research

Brit Moss, Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (BBMB) at Whitman, conducts student research in the Moss Lab. Moss is a non-traditional, first-generation college student who says she enjoys having a front-row seat to young people discovering their passion for science.

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Kanesha Johnson standing outdoors.

A Winding Path to Whitman

For Kanesha Johnson ’23, Whitman College initially felt completely out of reach. After spending her teenage years in foster care, dropping out of college and taking community college classes while juggling multiple jobs and a family, she knew she needed her bachelor’s degree but saw herself enrolling in an online program.

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Aaron Lefoh

True Chemistry: Aaron Lefohn Found His Calling in Tech

Aaron Lefohn ’97 discovered the then-emerging field of computational chemistry and computer science while at Whitman College. He followed that passion and today is the Vice President of Graphics Research at a cutting-edge technology company where he uses the knowledge base and skills he learned at Whitman.

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Vintage family.

Re-Imagining Maxville

Just 44 miles southeast of Walla Walla as the crow flies, a place called Maxville is about a two-hour drive from the Whitman campus. In the early 1920s, it was a burgeoning logging community. The Bowman-Hicks Lumber Company, which owned the town, recruited experienced African American loggers to relocate there. Whitman faculty and students, in collaboration with Maxville staff, have been working to tell the story of a forgotten place.

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Alexa Pilgrim pointing to a map.

Real-World Caring at the SOS Clinic

Whitman College students volunteer at the local SOS Health Services Clinic to gain valuable experience in the medical field. The SOS Clinic provides health care services to individuals with inadequate health insurance in the Walla Walla Valley, regardless of citizenship status.

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Alum’s Beadwork to Appear on Marvel TV Show

The artwork of Whitman College alum Roger Amerman ’80, enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, may soon be featured in one of the largest movie and television franchises in the world. Echo is an upcoming Marvel television show about a Choctaw superheroine. Amerman beaded a piece that may end up on Echo’s costume.

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On Boyer Avenue

What’s happening on campus—community and college news.

Peter Harvey.

Peter Harvey Retires After 34 Years

Whitman College’s longest-serving CFO retires.

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Devon Player holding a microphone.

Community Fellows Build Skills and Connections

Program celebrates 10-year anniversary of service in Walla Walla.

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Class of 2024 Chemistry Major Named Goldwater Scholar

Whitman College junior Clare Hermanson has been selected as a 2023–2024 Goldwater Scholar.

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Whitman College Names New Director of Penrose Library

Ping Fu has been named Director of Penrose Library.

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Two Whitties Awarded 2023 Watson Fellowships

Whitman College seniors recently awarded the prestigious and highly competitive Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.

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Kate Jackson

Biology Professor Kate Jackson Receives Award

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has awarded herpetologist and Professor of Biology Kate Jackson.

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