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Remember the Manifesta? Reparations are Due

Danielle Hirano, Senior, Class of 2019

May 16, 2019

On April 25th, the Whitman Wire received “We Need to Thrive: a Manifesta,” collectively written by nine women of color faculty members. In a revolutionary spirit, they voiced their grievances about the “exodus” of women of color faculty members in 2018-2019 and the reasons for their departure. ...

Renewal of the Vows: Whitman College and Fossil Fuels

Renewal of the Vows: Whitman College and Fossil Fuels

Lindsey Brodeck, Staff Reporter

May 4, 2017

This Thursday, Whitman College and Fossil Fuels will renew their wedding vows outside the Memorial Building. Divest Whitman, the club organizing the event, will hold a similar ceremony  to the one held three years ago, but with a politically charged guest list including Donald and Ivanka Trump, Direct...

When Does a Pledge Delayed Become a Promise Betrayed?

Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, Baker Ferguson Professor of Politics and Leadership

January 24, 2017

The documentary “Agents of Change,” shown in Maxey Auditorium last Thursday, taught us that creation of Black Studies programs at San Francisco State College and Cornell University in 1968-69 was anything but peaceful. At San Francisco, a Black Studies Department was established only after a general...

Comedian Gloria Bigelow provides provocative, socially conscious humor

Comedian Gloria Bigelow provides provocative, socially conscious humor

Missy Gerlach, Staff Reporter

November 10, 2016

As part of the ongoing Equality Coffeehouse event, FACE (Feminists Advocating for Change and Empowerment) invited a rather unique performer in comedian Gloria Bigelow, who uniquely addressed intersectional issues across the board. Her exuberance and expressiveness brought her comedy to life and kept...

Reflecting on Race

Reflecting on Race

Christy Carley, News Editor

October 13, 2016

On Thursday evening the words of “We Shall Overcome” echoed across the steps of Penrose Library, while candles flickered in the dark. Members of the Whitman community gathered together to mourn the black lives lost to police brutality. The vigil, sponsored by Whitman’s Black Student Union (BSU) inclu...

Storyteller Relives Civil Rights Movement

Storyteller Relives Civil Rights Movement

Lachlan Johnson

February 27, 2013

Members of the Whitman and Walla Walla community filled the Glover Alston Center on Monday, Feb. 25 to hear storyteller Kathya Alexander speak about the civil rights movement. Drawing on both her personal experience growing up during the civil rights era as well as her work as a writer, actor, poet and playwright, Alexander prese...

Culture of color blindness: Privilege hinders discussion of diversity

Culture of color blindness: Privilege hinders discussion of diversity

Emily Lin-Jones

April 26, 2012

Like many of its peer institutions, Whitman doesn't hesitate to emphasize its commitment to diversity. Diversity is currently the focus of Whitman's application supplement writing prompt, and the word pervades much of the college's advertising literature. According to the Whitman website, the Whitman...

Whitman celebrates King’s legacy

Emily Lin-Jones

January 26, 2012

Samuel McKinney, a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will share his colleague's legacy with the Whitman community in a lecture on Thursday, Jan. 26. His lecture will mark the end of a series of events sponsored by the Intercultural Center and the Black Student Union. In past years, Whitman...

10 facts about Whitman’s Black Student Union

10 facts about Whitman’s Black Student Union

Molly Johanson

November 10, 2011

1. It is one of the largest diversity clubs that is run through the Intercultural Center with close to 100 listserv members and about 30 core members. 2. The club meets every Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Glover Alston Center. 3. The club regularly discusses issues of diversity that may not get talked abou...

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