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“[History is] not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.”
- Lord Acton

HISTORIANS study the past, yet they never become disconnected from the present. What we are and will be is rooted in what we were. In uncovering the past, historians reveal to us the political, cultural, and economic elements that have shaped our world. This is how we write and teach history at Lewis & Clark. Our curriculum is global in scope, inviting students to compare the traditions of various cultures and countries. We offer sufficient depth in the history of the Americas, Europe, and Asia to allow students to develop sophisticated knowledge of these regions in the modern and premodern eras. Moreover, our emphasis on research and writing equips our students with skills appropriate to a wide range of pursuits.

See the Lewis & Clark Catalog and Footnotes, our newsletter, to learn more about the department and the history major.

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October 14th, 2015

  • Image preview 4:30pm: Fulbright Student Workshop
    Interested in applying for a Fulbright fellowship? Attend this presentation and workshop to learn more about the process.

October 16th, 2015

  • Image preview 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Homecoming Weekend: Lewis & Clark Oral History Project
    Exploring Lewis & Clark’s Past. Reception & brief presentation on the Lewis & Clark Oral History Project, featuring students, alumni & faculty emeriti. Hear from interview pairs, listen to audio clips, and learn how you can be involved.

October 29th, 2015

  • Image preview 5:30pm: A Fiction Reading by John Treat
    John Whittier Treat, a native of New Haven, joined the Yale faculty in 1999 after teaching for eighteen years at the University of Washington, Berkeley, Stanford and Texas. He has been Professor Emeritus at Yale since 2014. He continues to teach courses in modern Japanese literature and criticism, and occasionally Korean studies and LGBT studies.  He has recently completed his first novel, The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House and is at work on a second, First Consonants.  This event is co-sponsored by the departments of English, History, and Gender Studies.

November 5th, 2015

  • Image preview 5:30pm: Historical Project Runway

    The History Department is proud to present our fourth annual Historical Project Runway! In this event, teams of three (majors or non-majors welcome) will compete to accurately and creatively represent historical events through fashion. Clothing and design materials will be provided. Team designing begins at 5:30pm.  THE RUNWAY SHOW BEGINS AT 7:00PM. Come strut your stuff historical style!

December 7th, 2015

  • Image preview World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed

    The Oregon Historical Society presents World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed, an original exhibition opening 70 years following the end of World War II featuring historic documents and artifacts from the OHS archives and private collections. The exhibition runs from now through December 7.

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