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OP-ED: RE: campus vandalism

October 24, 2019

Dear President Murray, We were extremely disheartened by your recent email response to the political intervention upon the Marcus Whitman statue, which took place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. You admonished...

Seeing red: Responses to symbols of Whitman’s legacy sweep across campus

The Marcus Whitman statue on the edge of campus was spray-painted red multiple times in the weeks leading up to Columbus Day along with other messages scattered across Whitman campus. Photo contributed by Kaitlyn Patia
October 14, 2019

In the weeks leading up to Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Columbus Day, responses to symbols of the Whitmans’ legacy have appeared around campus — with the Marcus Whitman statue, located at the intersection...

Continuing the Conversation: Politics of Material Memory

Photo by Tywen Kelly
February 1, 2018

On October 9, 2017, recognized nationally as Columbus Day and unofficially as Indigenous People’s day, the portrait of Narcissa Whitman hanging in the Great Hall of Prentiss was defaced and the hands...

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