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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.

Spring 2019 Events

DateTimeLocationEvent Details
Feb. 5 - March 22    Lied Art Center  Nathan Sandberg Exhibit

The Whitworth University Art Department and the university's Bryan Oliver Gallery are proud to present the work of Nathan Sandberg. 
 
Nathan is an artist and educator based in Portland, Ore. His primary material is glass, although his installations commonly make use of other materials such as wood, metal and concrete. His artwork can be found in private and public collections around the world. 
Feb. 19 5 & 6 p.m.  Lied Art Center  Nathan Sandberg Exhibit Opening Reception

Opening Reception: 5 p.m., Lied Art Center
Artist's Lecture: 6 p.m., Lied Art Center room 102 
Feb. 19 7 p.m. Multipurpose Room (MPR), Hixon Union Building (HUB) "Ten Reasons Why the Science and Theology Dialogue Matters?"

Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. Oord is an award-winning author, and he has written or edited more than twenty books. A twelve-time Faculty Award winning professor, Oord teaches at institutions around the globe. A gifted speaker, Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation.
Feb. 21 7 p.m. Eric Johnston Science Center, Auditorium Room 233 Staley Lecture: "Idaho's Role in American Racism: Past and Present"

Jill Gill, Ph.D., professor of history and director of the Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative at Boise State University explores Idaho’s historical role in America’s struggle over civil rights for African Americans.
Feb. 22 7 p.m. Seeley G. Mudd Chapel Santuary, Beeksma Family Theology Center Gospel Explosion

Celebrating 22 years of gospel music! This year our theme is: "Let Everything That Have Breath, Praise Ye The Lord!"
We are blessed to have community choirs, praise teams and soloists come and share with us.
Feb. 28 7 p.m. Eric Johnston Science Center, Auditorium Room 233 Staley Lecture: "The Wisdom of Weakness in Hildegard of Bingen's Scivias"

Bo Karen Lee, Ph.D., of Princeton's Theological Seminary presents on one of the brightest Christian thinkers of her time. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) frequently referred to herself as a "fragile human being." In her great work Scivias, "Know the Ways of the Lord", she set forth her theology of weakness. According to Hildegard, divine strength enters our lives through an awareness of our human weakness. Come and explore Hildegard's theology of weakness and discover the relevance her insights have for us today. The lecture is free and open to the public.
March 2 3 p.m. St. Luke Lutheran Church Whitworth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Concert

Concert will feature winners of the Whitworth Concerto Competition. This event is a free and open to the public.
March 8, 9, 15 & 16 7:30 p.m. Cowles Auditorium Spring Mainstage Production: Almost, Maine

We are proud to announce Whitworth Theatre’s spring production of Almost, Maine by John Cariani. Built as a collection of vignettes, all occurring at the same time, on the same night, in the same small town, the play welcomes audiences to witness the residents of Almost, Maine engage with the magic of love. With a delicate blend of humor and heart, realism and absurdity, Almost, Maine asks us to consider the wonder of love. Performed by a rotating cast of actors, each performance promises to be a unique and special experience. General Admission: $15.00; Students, Seniors and Children: $12.00. Tickets available at www.whitworth.edu/theatretickets.
March 10 & 17 2 p.m. Cowles Auditorium Spring Mainstage Production: Almost, Maine

We are proud to announce Whitworth Theatre’s spring production of Almost, Maine by John Cariani. Built as a collection of vignettes, all occurring at the same time, on the same night, in the same small town, the play welcomes audiences to witness the residents of Almost, Maine engage with the magic of love. With a delicate blend of humor and heart, realism and absurdity, Almost, Maine asks us to consider the wonder of love. Performed by a rotating cast of actors, each performance promises to be a unique and special experience. General Admission: $15.00; Students, Seniors and Children: $12.00. Tickets available at www.whitworth.edu/theatretickets.
March 12 7 p.m. Cowles Auditorium Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, speaker and emcee of Whitworth’s Diversity Monologues

Dr. Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli activist, poet, musician and educator. Diversity Monologues is an opportunity for students to think critically about how their lived experiences have informed their meaning making of the concept of beauty and offer diverse perspectives on the topic.
March 13 TBD TBD Film Screening - Same God: Embodied Solidarity Comes at a Price

The documentary made of Larycia Hawkins, the Christian political science professor at Wheaton College.
March 14 7 p.m. Eric Johnston Science Center, Auditorium Room 233 "Biblical Women in Pop Culture: An Academic Journey"

Amazingly, the symbols, themes and characters of biblical stories still play an interesting role today in popular culture. Especially significant is the way that popular culture mediums read, appropriate and reconstruct biblical women’s stories and characters. Join with us as we examine how such usage not only entertains, but often signals interesting messages concerning gender as well.
March 15 4:30-8:00 p.m. HUB/Fieldhouse Gym 49th Annual Hawaiian Club Lu'au

The Hawaiian Club celebrates the 49th annual Luau with authentic Hawaiian cuisine along with a captivating show filled with many traditional Polynesian dances.
Event Schedule: 4:30-7 p.m., dinner in the HUB; 7 p.m., entertainment in the fieldhouse
Tickets may be purchased online at www.whitworth.edu/luau2019

General Admission $22; Student/Senior (62+) $15; Students without meal plans $12; Children 6-12 $12
March 18 7 p.m. Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall  Staley Lecture: John Fea "The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump"

John Fea, professor of history at Messiah College and author of numerous books on religion in America, on his most recent work, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.
April 2 7 p.m. Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall  "Mother Theresa's Business Card: Spiritual Values in a Commercial World"

Whitworth University welcomes Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, author of Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light (The Private Writings of The Saint of Calcutta) and Jesus is My All in All: Praying with the "Saint of Calcutta," among other works. Little was known about the interior faith of Mother Teresa until Father Brian made the decision to publish her private reflections, which testify to doubt and despair as well as to hope and charity. While painting a human portrait of Mother Teresa, Father Brian will draw out the contrast between Mother Teresa’s lifestyle and our current temptations to selfishness and consumerism. 
April 7 3 p.m. Martin Woldson Theater at the FOX Whitworth Choir Spring Concert

The Whitworth Choir presents their spring concert. Admission is $7.00 General Admission, $5.00 Seniors (62 plus) and ALL students are FREE with student ID. Tickets can be purchased at http://foxtheaterspokane.org or by calling 509.624.1200. Unsold tickets will be available for purchase at the door prior to the concert.
April 8 7 p.m. TBD The Office of Church Engagement is pleased to host Dominique Gilliard
 
Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the director of racial righteousness and reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He serves on the boards of directors for the Christian Community Development Association and Evangelicals for Justice. In 2015, he was selected as one of the ECC’s "40 Under 40" leaders to watch, and the Huffington Post named him one of the "Black Christian Leaders Changing the World."
April 16 8 p.m. Cowles Auditorium Whitworth Concert Band Spring Concert

Admission is free.
April 17 7 p.m. Seeley G. Mudd Chapel Santuary, Beeksma Family Theology Center "Soren and Simone: What Two Eccentric Christian Geniuses Can Teach Us About Living Well Today"

The Bruner-Welch lecture with Dr. Adam Neder.
April 23 8 p.m. Music Building, Myhre Recital Hall Room 101 Whitworth Jazz Combo Concert

Whitworth Jazz Combo presents their spring concert. This event is free and open to the public.
April 27 8 p.m. Music Building, Storm Choral Rehersal Room 122 String Chamber Orchestra Concert

Whitworth String Chamber Orchestra presents their spring concert. This event is free and open to the public.
April 28 3 p.m. Martin Woldson Theater at the FOX Whitworth Wind Symphony Spring Concert

The Whitworth Wind Symphony presents their spring concert. Admission is $7.00 General Admission, $5.00 Seniors (62 plus) and ALL students are FREE with student ID. Tickets can be purchased at http://foxtheaterspokane.org or by calling 509.624.1200. Unsold tickets will be available for purchase at the door prior to the concert.
May 1 8 p.m. Music Building, Myhre Recital Hall Room 101 Jazz Combo Concert

Whitworth Jazz Combo presents their spring concert. This event is free and open to the public.
May 2 4:30 p.m. Hixson Union Building (HUB), Multipurpose Room (MPR) Jazz I & II Concert

Whitworth Jazz I & II presents their spring concert. This event is free and open to the public.
May 5 3 p.m. St. Mark's Lutheran Church Whitworth Women's Choir Spring Concert

The Whitworth Women's Choir will perform their spring concert at St. Mark's Lutheran Chruch, 316 E 24th Ave, Spokane, WA. Admission is free and open to the public.
May 6, 9 & 13 8 p.m. Music Building, Myhre Recital Hall Room 101 Chamber Ensemble Concert

Whitworth Chamber Ensemble presents their spring concert. This event is free and open to the public.
May 10 7:30 p.m. Cowles Auditorium Broadway Unbound

General Admission, $15.00; Seniors (62+), students & children, $10.00
May 12 3 p.m. Martin Woldson Theater at the FOX Whitworth Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

The Whitworth Symphony Orchestra presents their spring concert. Admission is $7.00 General Admission, $5.00 Seniors (62 plus) and ALL students are FREE with student ID. Tickets can be purchased at http://foxtheaterspokane.org or by calling 509.624.1200. Unsold tickets will be available for purchase at the door prior to the concert.