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Leonard OaklandLeonard Oakland

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4594
Fax: 509.777.3753
Office Location: Westminster Hall 236

Leonard Oakland has taught at Whitworth since 1966, mostly English literature and film studies, but also in the Core 250 program. He loves teaching the classical epics of Homer, Virgil and Dante, as well as the 19th century Russian novel and 17th century British poetry (emphasizing Milton's Paradise Lost). He has worked on several Hollywood films and continues to host and produce a classical music program on KPBX, the National Public Radio affiliate in Spokane. His Nietzsche lecture in Core 250 is famous enough to draw some students back to hear it a second time. (In 2008 he will begin a half-time appointment and reduced teaching load in English and Core 250).


Ph.D. Washington State University
B.A. Westmont College

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Documentary film history, 17th century British literature (including Paradise Lost)

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Music producer and host of classical music program on KPBX-FM (National Public Radio affiliate) since 1985. Assistant to director for feature film "Bull Durham" (1987-88). Wrote "A History of the Hollywood Bowl" for Performing Arts magazine (1987); served as assistant to the editor of Media and Values magazine (1986-87). Voted "Most Influential Professor" (male) by Whitworth senior class. Provides frequent introductions for films (Spokane International Film Festival) and classical concerts. Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award (1990). Held a small acting role in feature film "White Men Can't Jump" (1992).