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OP-ED: RE: campus vandalism

Women of Art History and Visual Culture Studies 2020

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 the spray painters and lamented the destruction of property, calling instead for dialogue. ...

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

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

Lena Friedman, News Reporter

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 of Main Street and Boyer Avenue, as a focal point of contention. The responses included red pain...

OP-ED: Rinse and repeat?

Lisa Uddin, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies and Paul Garrett Fellow

October 9, 2019

The Marcus Whitman statue is at it again, sparking activism that compels us to confront Whitman College and white settlement as one and the same. This time, the statue’s defacement involved rephrasing “My Plans Require Time and Distance” (a quote attributed to Whitman himself) to “My Plans R...

A Proper Monument? Narcissa Whitman Exhibit

A Proper Monument? Narcissa Whitman Exhibit

Zoe Brown, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2018

Avisual exploration of the discourse surrounding the Whitman family makes its home in Maxey Museum’s newest exhibit, “A Proper Monument?”, which opened on April 11 and will remain up until May 5. The exhibit features a wall-mounted timeline of the Whitmans and the monuments that they left behind, beginn...

Annual Dance Series Features Guest Artists

Annual Dance Series Features Guest Artists

Cy Burchenal, Staff Reporter

April 12, 2018

The Spring Studio Dance Series at Harper Joy Theatre has seen a plurality of visiting artists perform. Ranging in theme and subject, the annual series is rapidly becoming a venue for experimental dance and performance. This year, the dance series saw three performances by two solo artists and one collaboration,...

Op-Ed: White Unsettlement 101

Lisa Uddin, Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies

March 1, 2018

It has been almost five months since the portrait of Narcissa Whitman that once hung in Prentiss Hall was defaced with black spray paint, and Avard Fairbanks’ statue of Marcus Whitman on the corner of Boyer Avenue and Main Street was painted red. These were two anonymous and clandestine acts of resista...

Op-Ed: What is Diversity?

October 28, 2015

The Global Studies Initiative has diversified the curriculum and co-curriculum, helped recruit and retain minority faculty members, and is organized by a committee composed of a disproportionate number of women faculty of color; i.e., it does good “diversity work.”

Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on Whitman as ‘Unpretentious’ Liberal Arts College

February 13, 2014

I've often heard it said that people at Whitman don't talk about race.  It is quite true that an impoverished lexicon for discussions of race and racism exists at our institution, but this is not unique to Whitman––it is a generalized problem typifying political discourse in the United States, in w...

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