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Nicholas Champions Revival of Arabic at Whitman

Tywen Kelly, Publisher

February 22, 2018

On Saturday, Jan. 27 at 11:50 a.m., Olivia Nicholas sent out a survey to the student listserv with two short questions: “Do you believe Arabic courses should be offered at Whitman?” and “If Arabic courses were offered at Whitman, how likely would you be to enroll in one?” Nicholas, a senio...

Seeking and Finding

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist

March 9, 2017

Why is it that so often those most likely to talk about the virtues of detachment struggle the most with their obsessions? To take an example, Herman Hesse, the great writer of "Siddhartha," suffered breakdowns repeatedly over the course of his life, sometimes resulting in long stays in mental institutions....

Learning in another Language

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

February 9, 2017

Seeing that Whitman has a cultural pluralism/language requirement and many students do in fact speak one or more languages other than their first language, I thought it would be interesting to give another perspective on how to think differently on the importance of languages not just intellectually, but also...

Check out “A Way With Words”

January 24, 2016

Hello readers. It's been a while. I was abroad last semester in Argentina. Needless to say, I'm excited to get back to blogging. At some point I'm hoping to write about the linguistic points of interest from my time in Argentina.   This morning, I was listening to an episode of "A Way With Words,"...

In Search of the Transcendent Icebreaker

Tino Mori, Columnist

October 28, 2015

Illustration by Catalina Burch. Starting conversations is an uncomfortable business. Enunciating words requires a concerted effort, while excessive eye contact with the wrong fellow is liable to result in unwanted fisticuffs. Worst of all, conversations always open with the scripted agony of small talk. “How are yo...

Language, Gender, and Patriarchy

Hillary Smith

March 12, 2014

At the Power and Privilege Symposium a few weeks ago, I attended a workshop on patriarchy and gendered language. It made me realize how casually people, including myself, use language that perpetuates a patriarchal system. We don't even realize we are doing this because these concepts are so ingrained...

The Demise of the English Language

Sam Chapman

March 13, 2012

Let me preface by acknowledging that I idealize the past; it's fallacious to assume that bygone days saw the meanest peasants talking like Shakespearean dukes. That said, I believe social media is hastening the demise of artful language. Language is the glue that holds society together––body language...

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