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Speakers & Artists Series

The Whitworth Speakers & Artists Series offers a broad range of voices, perspectives and ideas that ignite the intellectual and spiritual life of the campus and the larger community. To hone the community’s critical-thinking skills and to challenge and amplify its Christian worldviews, Whitworth invites to campus speakers and artists who encourage careful thought, tested belief, civil discourse and effective action.

Fall 2017 Events

DateTimeLocationEvent Details
Dec. 11 8.00 p.m. Music Building Recital Hall Chamber ensembel concert featuring various ensembles and student musicians. Admission is free.

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Spring 2018 Events

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Feb. 15 7 p.m. Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre, Room 107 Black Women in Spokane: Emerging from the Shadows of Jim and Jane Crow

The presentation focuses on the agency of African American women in the Inland Northwest’s largest city and explores the intersections of racism and sexism in the city during the 20th century.

Dwayne Mack was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his B.A. in history from Methodist University, an M.A. in American history from North Carolina Central University; and his Ph.D. in American History from Washington State University. He currently serves as professor of history and Carter G. Woodson Chair of African American History at Berea College, where he teaches U.S. and African American history. His research focuses on the Black West, the civil rights movement, policing in America, and equity, inclusion and diversity in academia. 

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Feb. 19 7 p.m. Seeley G. Mudd Chapel President's Colloquy on Civil Discourse:

Can we Disagree Without Being Disagreeable?This question serves as an invitation to discuss a range of important issues: tolerance, the epistemology of disagreement, relevant intellectual virtues and the psychological mechanisms that lead to unhealthy interactions. 

Plenary speaker: Nathan King. Discussants: Nicole Sheets, Patty Bruininks, Fred Johnson

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Feb. 27 7 p.m.  Lied Hall, Room 102 David Wright & Marci Rae Johnson Reading

David Wright's poems, essays and reviews have appeared in Image, Rock & Sling, 32 Poems and Ecotone, among others. His books include A Liturgy for Stones (DreamSeeker Books, 2013) and The Small Books of Bach (Wipf & Stock, 2014). He is a past recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Poetry Fellowship. He lives in Central Illinois, where he teaches creative writing and American literature at Monmouth College.
March 1 7:30 p.m. Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre, Room 107 Bruner-Welch Lecture: Kimlyn Bender
March 2 & 3 7 p.m. Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre, Room 107 Tenth Annual Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival, March 2-4.

http://www.whitworth.edu/oaklandfestival/

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March 4 3 p.m. Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre, Room 107 Tenth Annual Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival, March 2-4.

http://www.whitworth.edu/oaklandfestival/

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March 5 7 p.m. Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre Lisa Factora Borchers: How to Stay in Your Lane While Still Being Intersectional

The U.S feminist movements has been described as waves even though the buzzword “intersectional” has to do with being at the converging point of multiple lanes. This talk takes on the ways we have learned about the “waves” of feminism and how that has brought us to the mandate of intersectionality. What have been the limitations of intersectionality? Where has it helped us? This talk looks at specific cases of feminism’s entrance into mainstream media and how the continued rise of marketplace feminism and white feminism illustrates we still have a long way to go before the waves can recede.

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March 13 7 p.m. HUB Crow's Nest Christine Roy Yoder Lecture: Wisdom Personified as a Woman: An Odyssey Across Texts and Testaments

Christine Roy Yoder received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. A teaching elder in the PC(USA), she serves as interim dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs and professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. She is the author of Wisdom as a Woman of Substance: A Socioeconomic Reading of Proverbs 1-9 and 31:10-31 (De Gruyter, 2001) and Proverbs (Abingdon Old Testament Commentary Series, 2009), in addition to many articles and chapters in books.
April 13, 14, 20, & 21 7:30 p.m. Cowles Auditorium Theatre Main Stage Production Spring 2018

General Admission $12, Senior/Student/Child Admission $10

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April 15 2 p.m. Cowles Auditorium Theatre Main Stage Production Spring 2018

General Admission $12, Senior/Student/Child Admission $10

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April 16 7 p.m. Seeley G. Mudd Chapel President's Colloquy on Civil Discourse: How Free Should Free Speech Be?

During this discussion, the community will have the opportunity to apply the foundation and tools provided during the first two sessions to one of the most complex and pressing contemporary issues of our day. Though the issue of free speech is highly controversial, it is timely, and it doesn't divide people neatly along political lines.

Plenary speaker: Erica Salkin. Discussants: Kathy Lee, Mike Ingram, Will Kynes
April 26 7 p.m. Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre, Room 107 Simpson-Duvall Reading

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront and the Academy of American Poets. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Buzzfeed and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.
April 28   Whitworth University 2018 SIRC Conference

The 15th annual Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference will be hosted by Whitworth University on April 28, 2018.

SIRC provides an opportunity for students from across majors and disciplines, to present their research and scholarship, receive meaningful feedback and develop scholarly community.

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