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

imageHISTORIANS 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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December 4th, 2014

  • Image preview 5:00pm - 6:30pm: US History Seminar Poster Session
    Please join the students in Prof. Jane Hunter’s US history research seminar as they present their theses at the end-of-semester poster session in the Watzek Library atrium.  The research seminar is the capstone course of the history major.  Student theses involve in-depth primary source research, mastery of historical literature on a chosen subject, and intense editing, revision, and peer review.  The goal of the seminar is the completion of an original and rigorously researched thesis that advances historical scholarship.

December 15th, 2014

  • Image preview 5:00pm: History Faculty Colloquium: Research Presentations by Andrew Bernstein and David Galaty
    Come join the History department for the second in a series of workshops on faculty research in progress.  All participants will be expected to read the papers prior to the workshop.  Participants will critique and discuss the papers, but there will be no formal presentation of the paper.  Contact Debbie Richman at drichman@lclark.edu to acquire a copy of the papers in advance of the workshop.

February 2nd, 2015

  • Image preview 5:00pm: 52nd Annual Arthur L. Throckmorton Memorial Lecture
    The Department of History is delighted to announce Dr. Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College at the University of Chicago, as the 2015 Arthur L. Throckmorton Memorial Lectuerer.  Dr. Chakrabarty’s talk, titled “Historical Research: The Indian Career of A European Ideal,” will track some of the debates and processes through which certain Rankean ideas about historical sources, research, and telling the “truth” about the past found a home in British India.

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