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Renowned Artist Kiki Smith Speaks at Whitman

Renowned Artist Kiki Smith Speaks at Whitman

Michelle Foster, A&E Editor

December 8, 2017

Whitman was granted an extraordinary opportunity to hear artist Kiki Smith speak in Maxey Auditorium on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Smith is a prominent contemporary artist in printmaking and sculpture. Through a partnership between the Walla Walla Foundry and the Whitman Art Department, funded by the Robert...

General Jim Mattis discusses mideast military policy in Maxey lecture

General Mattis spoke at Whitman College the night of March 31, 2015. Photo by Marra Clay.

Andy Monserud

April 1, 2015

Retired four-star general in the U.S. Central Command James Mattis spoke to a large group of Whitman and Walla Walla community members in Maxey Hall Tuesday night.  Mattis, who grew up in Pullman, WA, came to campus at the request of senior Bill Landefeld and with the help of the Whitman Events Board. ...

Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Science with The Pioneer

©2013 AMNH, Photo by Roderick Mickens

Aleida Fernandez

September 11, 2014

According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, science is cool again. The astrophysicist and director of New York City's Hayden Planetarium is optimistic that popular interest in the subject is on the rise. This last spring, Tyson's show, "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey," aired on FOX to stellar reviews and with...

Real World Advice From Neil deGrasse Tyson

©2013 AMNH, Photo by Roderick Mickens

Aleida Fernandez

September 10, 2014

Lecturer Neil deGrasse Tyson has said that he knew he wanted to be an astrophysicist since he was nine. According to Tyson, the universe called to him on a trip to the New York planetarium and there was no way he could ignore it. In an interview with The Pioneer, Tyson was asked what advice he would give to Whitman students who, perhaps, hadn't heard their ca...

Bridges Picks ‘Reservation Blues’ for Summer Reading

Andy Monserud

April 10, 2014

Another in a series of "lasts" for President George Bridges came over spring break, when the Whitman Office of Communications announced his choice for this year's summer reading, "Reservation Blues" by Sherman Alexie. The office also announced that Alexie will visit campus on October 1 and 2 to give...

‘Whistling Vivaldi’ Encourages Discussion of Stereotypes

Hannah Bartman

October 10, 2013

To stimulate residence hall bonding, each year Whitman chooses a book for incoming first-years to read over the summer. For the class of 2017, the Summer Book Program, as it is formally called, chose the book "Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Do" by social psychologist Claude Steele, dean of...

Dr. Jim Brady brings cave archaeology to life

Quin Nelson

October 4, 2012

With a lecture title like "Death and Sacrifice at Midnight Terror Cave," Dr. Jim Brady created Indiana Jones-level expectations for his speech. It was no Temple of Doom, but Dr. Brady was very entertaining and engrossing in his lecture Thursday evening in Olin Hall on his archaeological exploits in Midnight...

Dachau liberator makes history come alive


April 19, 2012

Seeing and hearing directly from an eyewitness can make history come alive. While we've all learned about the Holocaust in textbooks and class, not all of us have had the chance to listen to an eyewitness account from a concentration camp liberator. On Thursday, April 19, Whitman and Walla Walla community...

Whitman alumnus Scott Thompson lectures on first amendment issues

Rose Woodbury

September 22, 2011

Whitman alumnus Scott Thompson '05  is giving a lecture this afternoon, Thursday, Sept. 22, on the extent to which the U.S. government's role in encouraging moderate forms of Islam violates the first amendment. Thompson obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Duke University after graduating from...

O’Dell recalls friendships, travels with the Beatles

O'Dell recalls friendships, travels with the Beatles

C.J. Wisler

November 18, 2009

While a Touchstone press release blurb referred to Chris O'Dell's book, "Miss O'Dell: My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and the Women They Loved", as "the ultimate fly-on-the-wall rock memoir," O'Dell hopes that readers take it as more than just a history ...

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