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Should Power & Privilege be mandatory?

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

February 20, 2020

This year’s Power & Privilege (P&P) Symposium theme is “build bridges and not walls.” As you attend sessions and consider this structural metaphor, I would like you to think of the symposium’s actual structure. While P&P sessions tackle the controversies of Greek life and queer faith, ...

Power and Privilege karaoke: Singing to create connections

Sophomores Maya Mohan and Hannah Paul sing at the karaoke event

Rohan Press, A&E Reporter

December 5, 2019

There were smiles on students’ faces as first-year Nomonde Nyathi took to the Reid basement stage for the second time that evening — this time, for a karaoke rendition of Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold."  “It was pretty cool, because my friends were there, so I really liked that; I felt really c...

Bluewood excited to announce new technique for keeping students at P&P

Illustration by Abby Takahashi

Anthony Reale, Unofficial Bullhorn

February 24, 2019

The Power & Privilege Symposium has partnered with Bluewood Ski Resort for the last 20 years now, after the discovery that some people use the day off to “shred the gnar.” P&P and the Ski Resort have been a bit frazzled in trying to figure out how to get Whitties off the slopes and into the Sym...

The Purpose of Power and Privilege

Alondra Contreras, Columnist

March 1, 2018

Throughout my four years at Whitman I have asked this question more than once during the P&P Symposium season. As a woman of color, I often find myself doing more work than my white peers. The Power and Privilege Symposium is supposed to provide space for having tough conversations (whatever that...

A Q&A Preview of Power and Privilege Workshops

A Q&A Preview of Power and Privilege Workshops

North Bennett

February 15, 2016

The Pioneer previews four workshops from the 2016 Power and Privilege Symposium via a Q&A with workshop organizers.

Symposium Leaders Gather Ideas for 2016 Workshops

Power and Privilege office hours. Photo by Keifer Nace

Mikaela Slade, News Writer

October 22, 2015

Leaders of the 2016 Power and Privilege Symposium are preparing for the February event by speaking with students about possible panel topics, both in person during tabling events and via online applications. The Symposium is an annual event centered around discussions of issues like power dynamics, racial...

Policing Language? Trigger Warnings and Whitman

Policing Language? Trigger Warnings and Whitman

Hannah Bartman, Feature Editor

October 1, 2015

“A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense…This new climate is slowly being institutionalized, and is affecting what can be said in the classroom, even as a basis for discussion...

Power and Privilege preview: Q&As with presenters

Jeremy Alexander

February 5, 2015

Whitman College will host its third-annual Power and Privilege Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. All academic classes are cancelled for that day, so that students can attend different lectures and workshops. Here are some insights from some presenters at the upcoming event. Senior Marga de Jong,...

Power and Privilege Symposium: The past is ever present

Christy Carley

February 5, 2015

On Feb. 19, all classes will be canceled for the third-annual Power and Privilege Symposium. The theme of this year's Symposium is "The Past is Ever Present: Unmasking Systems of Oppression and Inequality." Consisting of 52 workshops, presentations and panels, the event will strive to open discussion...

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