Thursday, January 16, 2014

Heritage Month 2014 to commemorate Whitworth’s first century in Spokane

Events marking 100 years in Spokane include lectures, film festival, sports events and art exhibit

Each February, Whitworth commemorates its founding, on Feb. 20, 1890, with a month-long celebration. This year, Heritage Month will focus on Whitworth’s first 100 years in Spokane, after the university moved from Tacoma, Wash., in 1914. Heritage Month 2014 will kick off Thursday, Feb. 6, with Founder’s Day Convocation, when students, faculty and staff will gather to celebrate Whitworth’s history and the roles they each play in building its legacy.

Other focal points of Heritage Month 2014 will include the sixth annual Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival, a Gospel Explosion performance, and lectures by Peggy McIntosh, director of the Wellesley Center for Women; Florence Reed, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and founder of Sustainable Harvest International; and Julia Kasdorf, an essayist and poet.

The Spokane community is invited to join Whitworth students, faculty, staff and alumni for all Heritage Month events. Following is more information (for complete details, visit www.whitworth.edu/heritagemonth or call 777-4974). Admission is free unless otherwise noted. To hear podcasts of Heritage Month lectures, please visit www.whitworth.edu/podcast.

Saturday, February 1
Whitworth Pirates Basketball • Alumni Night at the Fieldhouse
  • Women at 4 p.m., men at 6 p.m., Fieldhouse, $10 admission
    • Women’s and men’s basketball against Pacific University. Alumni/families are invited to a reception during halftime of the men’s game.

Saturday, February 1-Friday, February 7
Art Exhibit featuring the Works of Rose Bond
  • Bryan Oliver Gallery
    • Rose Bond exhibit, Poetics and Public Projection: Layered History – Redrawn Memory.

Thursday, February 6
Founder’s Day Convocation
  • 11 a.m., Cowles Auditorium
    • Each semester begins with Opening Convocation, which features music and worship, faculty in full academic regalia, and an opportunity to honor top students. Provost Carol Simon will give an address and Professor of History Dale Soden will provide a brief look at Whitworth’s history.

Thursday, February 6
Lecture by Peggy McIntosh, "Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"
  • 7-9 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre
    • McIntosh will explore the reality of privilege associated with the constructions of race, gender and sexuality, and their implications for our efforts to understand and achieve an inclusive education of the mind and heart.

Friday, February 7
Gospel Explosion
  • 7 p.m., Chapel 
  • Join Whitworth students and choirs from across Spokane for a night of praise and worship. This annual campus celebration of Black History Month is presented by Whitworth’s Exceptional Praise Gospel Choir.

Saturday, February 8
Leonard Oakland Film Festival
  • 7 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre 
  • Film: Mud; director, Jeff Nichols, 2012
    • Two young boys encounter a fugitive in the Arkansas delta and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. The boys learn about the unspoken rules and risks of love and the reality of heartbreak. The program will open with a presentation by the winners of the 2014 student-made short-film contest.
  • 10 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre
  • Late-Night Film: Vision Quest; director, Harold Becker, 1985
    • In this coming-of-age movie set in Spokane, a young wrestler decides to become more than just a high-school athlete and sets his sights on a difficult prize. He pursues his goal alone, until a drifter moves in and changes his life.

Thursday, February 13
Music for Valentine’s Day
  • 8 p.m., Whitworth Presbyterian Church, Quall Hall
    • Whitworth’s combined choirs present a variety of choral music to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Thursday, February 13
Great Decisions Lecture: Florence Reed, Woodrow Wilson Fellow, President and Founder of Sustainable Harvest International 
  • 7:30 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre
    • “Food, Farms and Families: Sustainable Agriculture in Central America”

Friday, February 14
Why Whitworth Day
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hixson Union Building
    • This program is especially designed for prospective students and their parents. For more information and to register online, visit www.whitworth.edu/whywhitworth.

Friday, February 14
Whitworth Pirates Basketball
  • Women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m., Fieldhouse, $10 admission
    • Women’s and men’s basketball against Linfield College

Saturday, February 15
Whitworth Pirates Basketball
  • Women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m., Fieldhouse, $10 admission
    • Women’s and men’s basketball against George Fox University

Saturday, February 15
Leonard Oakland Film Festival
  • 7 p.m. Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre
  • Film: 20 Feet from Stardom; director, Morgan Neville, 2013
    • Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. This film is a tribute to the “unsung” voices that bring shape and style to popular music; it is also a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with some of the greatest musical legends of the 20th and 21st centuries. The program opens with A Portrait of Leonard Oakland, produced by Whitworth alumna Andrea Palpant Dilley, ’00.
  • 10 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre
  • Late-Night Film: The Basket; director, Rich Cowan, 1999
    • A young teacher in rural eastern Washington introduces his students to the game of basketball, using its lessons to teach them about teamwork and life. When the team plays an established adult squad, the community must pull together and realize that understanding and acceptance ultimately triumph over hate.

Monday, February 17
Why Whitworth Day
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hixson Union Building
    • See February 14 description for more information.

Tuesday, February 18-Friday, April 4, 2014
Ceramics Invitational Exhibit: Terry Gieber, Gina Freuen,Lisa Nappa and Chris Tyllia
  • Bryan Oliver Gallery
    • Opening reception: February 18, 5-6 p.m., Lied Art Center
    • Lecture by the artists: February 18, 6 p.m., Lied Art Center, Room 102

Tuesday, February 18
Whitworth Pirates Basketball
  • Women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m., Fieldhouse, $10 admission
    • Women’s and men’s basketball against Whitman College

Thursday, February 20
Celebrate Whitworth’s Birthday with cake!
  • Noon, Hixson Union Building, Lied Square
    • Join President Beck A. Taylor in celebrating the 124th anniversary of Whitworth’s founding, on Feb. 20, 1890. Whitworth College was founded in Sumner, Wash., to pursue “that learning and culture of mind and heart that make the finished scholar” (quoted from the first college catalog, 1890).

Friday, February 21
Why Whitworth Day
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hixson Union Building
    • See February 14 description for more information.

Saturday, February 22 
Leonard Oakland Film Festival
7 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre 

  • Film: The Band’s Visit; director, Eran Kolirin, 2007
    • A band comprising members of an Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at an inaugural ceremony for an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.
    • This program opens with Don Quixote, the second installment of alumnus Steven Ritz-Barr’s Classics in Miniature, a series of movies featuring marionettes. It is the story of an aging Spanish gentleman who reads so many books about chivalry that he imagines himself to be a knight. 
    • Ritz-Barr, ’78, will be on hand for a Q&A following the showing.

10 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre 
  • Late-Night Film No. 3: Benny & Joon; director, Jeremiah S. Chechik, 1993
    • After losing a bet, a Spokane mechanic who cares for his mentally ill sister takes in the unusual cousin of a friend. This is the story of how two eccentric individuals find each other and fall in love.

Tuesday, February 25
Simpson-Duvall Reading: Julia Kasdorf, poet and essayist
7 p.m., Hixson Union Building, Multipurpose Room 
  • Kasdorf will read new work and selections from her recent collection Poetry in America.

Saturday, March 15
Celebrating 100 Years in Spokane
Reception, 5 p.m.; Dinner, 6 p.m. 
  • Lincoln Center – 1316 N. Lincoln St., Spokane
    • Please join us as we celebrate Whitworth’s partnership with the Spokane community over the past 100 years. Cost: $35 per person. (President’s Club members and lifetime donors will be guests of the university.) Register online at www.whitworth.edu/100yearsevent.
    • Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contact:

Michelle Drennen, assistant director of development, advancement events, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4974 or mdrennen@whitworth.edu.

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or lbeechinor@whitworth.edu.