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E&D Kick-Off Lecture “What’s in a Name? Historical Memory at Lewis & Clark College”

Date: 1:30pm PDT September 1 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

This year’s E&D Kick-Off Lecture “What’s in a Name? Historical Memory at Lewis & Clark College” will take place on Friday, September 1st, in Agnes Flanagan Chapel at 1:30pm.  Attended by all E&D students and faculty, this plenary event features a panel of faculty from across the College. True to the spirit of E&D, they offer interdisciplinary perspectives on our topic:

Dr. Jon Arakaki, Visiting Assistant Professor in CORE

“Explorare, Discere, Sociare:” The Legacy of Lewis and Clark at Lewis & Clark 

Jon will provide an overview of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Using historical and contemporary media accounts, he will highlight the explorers’ time spent in Oregon and reflect upon connections between the explorers and the college named after them.

Dr. Rob Kugler, the Paul S. Wright Professor of Christian Studies in the Religious Studies Department

York between the Missouri and the “Main Ocian”: Some reflections on self-determination, you, and your liberal arts education

James Ronda, a scholar of western American history, has remarked on the freedom York, William Clark’s slave, must have experienced as a member of the Lewis & Clark expedition while beyond the Missouri; but Ronda correctly observes that in crossing back over the Missouri and returning to St. Louis, York also “reentered a world of slavery where slavery was everywhere,” a world from which he could not escape even after William Clark belatedly emancipated him a decade after the expedition ended. In these remarks, Rob will compare York’s tragically foreshortened experiment in free self-determination with your undertaking a liberal arts education to offer some advice on how to make the most of it, both in the four years that are before you and the long life he wishes for you beyond your years at Lewis & Clark as a liberally-educated person.

In these presentations, and in York: Terra Incognita, a short film about a member of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, we will begin to examine the historical legacies of exploration.

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