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Letter in support of Encounters faculty circulates

Grace Jackson, News Reporter February 20, 2020

A letter began circulating among faculty in January to show solidarity with the adjunct faculty members who will lose their jobs with the termination of the Encounters program. As of Tuesday, Feb. 18,...

Why race and ethnicity courses should be required

Rina Cakrani, Columnist November 14, 2019

All first-years at Whitman are required to take Encounters and meet distribution requirements, but considering the current society we are part of, I believe that all students should also be required to...

First-year breaks through with ingenious new reading of Marx

Ann Karneus, Rejected Mathlete September 28, 2018

Whitman first year Tom Jones, who recently finished three chapters of “The Communist Manifesto” in Encounters, thinks that he’s ready to take a stab at what exactly this Marx guy is all about. After...

Encounters Curriculum Shakedown!

Anthony Reale, Satan with a Lisp April 26, 2018

A whirlwind of hate hit the Encounters program in the face this year, bringing the controversial program under fire yet again.  Criticisms included the classic “I don’t know how to write still and...

The Future of Encounters

The Future of Encounters

Andrew Schwartz March 8, 2018
Review documents, as well as interviews with numerous faculty, show the philosophical and political stakes of the debates around the future of Whitman College’s “signature program.”

Considering the Western Canon in Encounters

Jordon Crawford, Columnist February 1, 2018

As a first-year student, one is obligated to take “General Studies 145-146: The First-Year Experience,” otherwise known as Encounters. The two-semester-long course is intended as an “introduction...

Dear Mom

Mom, Advice Columnist September 29, 2016

Dear Mom, Last weekend, I hooked up with someone from my Encounters class at the 80s dance. It was really chill, but now I think I have feelings for them. I’m trying to play it cool, since I’m worried...

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Keeping 400-year-old Jokes Relevant: Students Rise to Perform “Twelfth Night”

Allison Hall March 10, 2016
Taking on Shakespeare is a daunting task for anyone; but Harper Joy's production of "The Twelfth Night" kept the crowd on the edge of their seats with live music, palpable energy and an active engagement with the audience.

IPECC Petition Calls on Whitman to Engage with its History

Christy Carley March 10, 2016
The Whitman College Indigenous Peoples Education and Culture Club (IPECC) has put forth a petition calling for a critical examination of Whitman’s past and its relationship to colonialism.

New Encounters Syllabus Approved for 2015-16

Lane Barton May 7, 2015

A new Encounters syllabus has been approved for the 2015-16 academic year, with Encounters faculty voting in favor of the new curriculum by an approximate 2-1 ratio during a meeting on April 21. The syllabus,...

Guest column: Loss of Quran limits Encounters discussions

May 7, 2015

As a true example of antiquity in conversation with modernity, the upperclassmen I knew as a first-year still called Encounters "Core." Over the past four years at Whitman, the Encounters program has changed...

ASWC Content Warning Resolution passed

Lane Barton April 30, 2015

During their April 12 Senate meeting, ASWC passed a resolution calling for content or trigger warnings in the future Encounters syllabus. The resolution, which will require faculty approval in order...

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