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History

“[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

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.

February 3rd, 2015

February 4th, 2015

  • Image preview 7:00pm - 8:30pm: An Evening with Sister Helen Prejean and the 20th Anniversary of the film “Dead Man Walking”
    Sister Helen Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty. Sister Helen is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph and began working at Hope House from 1981 – 1984. During this time, she was asked to correspond with a death row inmate Patrick Sonnier at Angola. She agreed and became his spiritual adviser. After witnessing his execution, she wrote a book about the experience. The result was Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States.

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