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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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Events

October 31st, 2014

  • Image preview 3:00pm: Escribir en Cuba en el siglo XXI (Writing in Cuba in the 21st Century) by Leonardo Padura
    Please join us for a lecture by renowned novelist Leonardo Padura. The lecture will be given in Spanish with a simultaneous English interpretation. This event is sponsored by Lewis & Clark Colleges’ Departments of History, Hispanic Studies, Latin American Studies, Latino and Iberian Studies Association (LALISA), and the NEH Arts and Lectures Fund.

November 5th, 2014

  • Image preview 7:00pm: 93 Year Old Tuskegee Airman Lt Col Alex Jefferson to Speak at Lewis & Clark College

    Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, is a 93 year old retired US Air Force officer, and one of the famous “Tuskegee Airmen”, also known as the 332nd Fighter Group. During World War II, Black Americans throughout the U.S. were subject to Jim Crow laws which legalized segregation and the American military was also segregated. President Truman signed an executive order ending segregation in the military in 1948 (3 years after the war’s end). Lt. Col. Jefferson’s book, “Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman and POW”, is a personal memoir of those who served America in World War II and after. 

    Please join us for this very special opportunity. Lt Col Alexander Jefferson will speak from 7-8pm in the Chapel at Lewis & Clark College.  A book-signing and reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

November 15th, 2014

  • Image preview 5:30pm - 7:00pm: Book Launch with Professor Elliott Young
    Please join Professor of History Elliott Young for the launch of his new book Alien Nation: Chinese Migration in the Americas from the Coolie Era through World War II. This event is off-campus and open to the public.

November 17th, 2014

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

December 15th, 2014

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

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