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E&D Kick-Off Lecture

Date: 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT August 30, 2013 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

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Agnes Flanagan Chapel

This year’s kickoff event—“William Stafford: Poetry, War, and the Process of Writing””—features a panel of Lewis & Clark faculty from different disciplines:

  • Pauls Toutonghi, Associate Professor of English;
  • Cari Coe, Assistant Professor of International Affairs;
  • and another faculty member to be announced.

Our topic this year is occasioned by the approaching centenary of the birth of William Stafford (1914-1993). Stafford taught English at Lewis & Clark from 1948-1980. He published some sixty-five volumes of poetry and prose; his first major poetry collection, Traveling Through the Dark, won the National Book Award in 1963. In 1970 Stafford was appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (now called the U.S. Poet Laureate); he was also Poet Laureate of Oregon from 1975-1990. A conscientious objector during WWII, Safford was assigned to crews fighting forest fires and maintaining public lands. Stafford was an industrious writer and published several prose pieces reflecting on the process of writing.

In preparation for this panel presentation, you are asked to read a small set of texts by Stafford, including poetry, an essay on writing, and some reflections on war and conscientious objection. Details about these texts are found on the half-page flyer included with this mailing, and the texts themselves are available on-line at the following address:

(Please use your LC login and password, and when asked, use this enrollment key: stafford)


Inquiry in the liberal arts runs both broad and deep. By introducing to you William Stafford’s work and the issues it raises, we introduce you to the breadth and depth of your year in Exploration and Discovery, your four years at Lewis & Clark College, and a distinctly liberal path through the world.

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