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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
Sept. 25 TBA TBA Lorna Hernandez film screening and lecture
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Sept. 27 7 p.m. Hixson Union Building Multipurpose Room Logan Camporeale, "Racial Injustice, Housing, and Spokane History"
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Sept. 28 7 p.m. Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre John Baxter, lecture on The Shack
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Oct. 4 7-9 p.m. Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre Jer Swigart, "Waging Peace in a Divided World"

Swigart is the co-founding director of the Global Immersion Project that trains everyday peacemakers through immersion experiences in places of international conflict. His lecture is based on his book Mending the Divides: Creative Love in a Conflicted World which develops a theology of peacemaking and strategies for reconciliation.

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Oct. 5 6:30-9 p.m. Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre Roberto Mendoza Perez, "Human Rights in Mexico: How US Policies Affect State Violence, Militarization, and Displacement"

Roberto Mendoza is a member of Mexico’s National Network for Human Rights and appears at Whitworth through a partnership with Witness for Peace Northwest. His lecture addresses the history of the U.S.-Mexico border conflict and examines current strategies for responding to current U.S. policies in and with Mexico.

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Oct. 19 7 p.m.

Seeley G. Mudd Chapel

President's Colloquy on Civil Discourse: "Can We Still Speak the Truth in Love? Christian Reflections on Civil Discourse"

By unpacking the "we," the "speak," the "truth" and the "love" in this question, speakers could address the interaction of such topics as community ("we"), the theological purposes of speech ("speak"), the interface between community, speech and Christian doctrine ("truth"), and the difference Christianity makes to all of this ("love"). The overarching thought is to set the tone for the colloquy series by making it clear at the outset that the whole discussion will be driven by our Christian commitments.

Plenary speaker: Joshua Leim (Theology)

Discussants: Kamesh Sankaran (Physics), Karen Peterson Finch (Theology), Lorna Hernandez Jarvis (Psychology)

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Oct. 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22  Varies Cowles Auditorium  Fall Mainstage Theatre Production
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Nov. 1 7 p.m. Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre Jennifer Stuller, WGS lecture, "Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology"

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Nov. 3 5:15 p.m. Cowles Auditorium Jazz clinic with Ellis Marsalis
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Nov. 4 8 p.m. Cowles Auditorium Ellis Marsalis and Whitworth Jazz
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Nov. 14

5 p.m. Lied Art Center Todd Reed art exhibit and lecture

Nov. 15

7 p.m. Johnston Science Center Auditorium Kathryn Smith, poet
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Nov. 16 6 p.m. Hixson Union Building Come Nzibarega "Diversity in the Face of Adversity," International Education & Diversity Forum
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Nov. 17 TBA TBA International Festival
Nov. 29 5:30 p.m. Hixson Union Building Multipurpose Room This Whitworth Life, stories told by the Whitworth campus community
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