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September 07, 2010

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Fall 2015

E&D Kick-Off Lecture: In Dialogue with Plato

This year’s event – In Dialogue With Plato – features a panel of faculty from across the College. True to the spirit of E&D, they offer interdisciplinary perspectives on our topic.

  • Kim Cameron-Dominguez, Visiting Assistant Professor in CORE 
  • John Holzwarth, Director of the Writing Center 
  • Nicholas Smith, James F. Miller Professor of Humanities

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Guest panelists followed by Q&A:

  • Dr. Rishona Zimring, Professor of English
  • Dr. Dawn Odell, Associate Professor of Art History
  • Dr. David Campion, Dr. Robert B Pamplin, Jr Associate Professor of History

Frederick Douglass’ Narrative


Guest panelists followed by Q&A:
  • Reiko Hillyer, Assistant Professor of History
  • Kundai Chirindo, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • Rachel Cole, Associate Professor of English

Frederick Douglass’ Declarations of Independence

by Dr. Nick Buccola


Spring 2015

“Black Girl In Suburbia” panel after documentary film screening - February 13th

Guest panelists:

  • Melissa Lowery, filmmaker
  • Traci Prinkki, documentary participant
  • Bridgette Hickey, Lewis & Clark student


“Cities” - February 25th

Guest panelists:
Prof. Joel Sweek, Exploration and Discovery
Prof. Kabir Heimsath, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Prof. Reiko Hillyer, Department of History


Making Music in PDX - March 18th

Guest panelists:

Student Musicians (in order of appearance):

  • Sonja Noonan-Ngwane & Marin Olsen
  • Kelley Koeppen
  • Rollie Wirt (camera issues led to his performance not being recorded)
  • Getting Sodas (Harrison Smith & Noah Jurkiewicz)
  • Kevin Fox 
  • Lani Felicitas (camera issues led to a few minute loss in the middle of her performance)
  • Adrian Au
  • Happy Dagger (Cole Gann, Jesse Robertson, Morgan O’Sullivan, Chris Weschler) 

      lost a few minutes of feedback from panelists due to camera issues


Fall 2014

Exploration & Discovery presents William Deresiewicz, a prominent writer who will speak about his recent, high-profile book Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. 


A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Guest panelists followed by Q&A:

  • Dr. Rishona Zimring, English
  • Dr. Michael Mirabile, Comparative Literature
  • Dr. Will Pritchard, English


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass

Guest panelists followed by Q&A:

  • Dr. Maureen Reed, American Studies
  • Dr. David Galaty, History of Science


The Tempest by Shakespeare

Guest panelists followed by Q&A:

  • Prof. Rebecca Lingafelter, Theatre
  • Michael Mendelson, Founding Artistic Director, Portland Shakespeare Project {recording left off due to lack of audio}
  • Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Scholar in Residence, Portland Shakespeare Project and Professor of English at Linfield College

The Trial and Death of Socrates by Plato
Guest panelists followed by Q&A:

  • Dr. Ralph Drayton, History of Science
  • Dr. Nick Smith, Philosophy
  • Dr. Chris Roberts, Religious Studies

“Genesis & Exodus” Holy Bible 
Guest panelists followed by Q&A:

  • Dr. Jerry Harp, English
  • Dr. Ben Westervelt, History
  • Dr. Rob Kugler, Classical & Religious Studies, Paul S. Wright Professor


E&D Kick-off Lecture - “Do the Guns of August Still Echo? Reflections on the Outbreak of World War I, One Hundred Years Later

Guest panelists:

  • David Campion, Robert B Pamplin, Jr Associate Professor of History;
  • Maureen Healy, Associate Professor of History; and
  • Dawn Odell, Associate Professor of Art History


Spring 2014 


Guest panelist:
Dr. Eric TymoigneEconomics
Dr. Robert GoldmanSociology and Anthropology
Dr. Elliott Young, History

“Cities” - Event was cancelled and will be rescheduled for Spring 2015.

Guest panelists:
Prof. Joel Sweek, Exploration and Discovery
Prof. Kabir Heimsath, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Prof. Reiko Hillyer, Department of History


Guest panelist:
Dr. Diana Leonard, Psychology  
Dr. Stuart Kaplan, Rhetoric & Media Studies  
Dr. Edward Cushman, Philosophy and E&D  

Fall 2013

NSO Kick-off Lecture - “William Stafford: Poetry, War and the Process of Writing”

Guest panelists:

Dr. Pauls Toutonghi, Associate Professor of English

Dr. Cari Coe, Assistant Professor of International Affairs

Dr. Jerry Harp, Assistant Professor of English

“The Race for the Double Helix” Film 
Guest panelist:
Dr. Deborah Lycan, Biology  
Dr. David Galaty, History of Science  
Dr. Julio de Paula, Chemistry  
“A Room of One’s Own” Virginia Woolf 
Guest panelist:
Dr. Chris Roberts, Religious Studies  
Dr. Dawn Odell, Art History  
Dr. Marianna Ritchey, Musicology  
“Civilization and Its Discontents” Freud 
Guest panelist:
Dr. Tom Schoeneman, Psychology  
Dr. Kim Cameron-Dominiguez, Cultural Anthropology  
Dr. Mike Mirabile, English  
“The Trial & Death of Socrates” Plato 
Guest panelist:
Dr. Maureen Healy, History  
Dr. Nick Smith, Humanities  
Dr. Joseph Gantt, Rhetoric & Media Studies  
“Genesis & Exodus” Holy Bible 
Guest panelist:
Dr. Rob Kugler, Religious Studies  
Dr. Will Pritchard, English  
Dr. Maureen Reed, American Studies  
“Bacchae” Euripides 
Guest panelist:
Dr. Stepan Simek, Theatre  
Dr. Kristin Fujie, English  
Dr. Rishona Zimring, English  


Fall 2012

NSO Kick-off Lecture - “The Stories We Tell”
Guest panelists:                                                                                            

Dr. Brian Detweiler-Bedell, Assistant Professor of Psychology; 

Dr. Liz Stanhope, Associate Professor of Mathematics;

Dr. Bruce Suttmeier, Associate Professor of Japanese.

“The Book of Job” 
Guest panelist:
Dr. Rob Kugler, Religious Studies  
Dr. Matt Johnston, Art History  
“Euripides’ ‘The Bacchae’”
Guest panelist:
Dr. Stephen Weeks, Theatre  
Dr. Kristin Fujie, English  
Dr. Pauls Toutonghi, English  
“Plato’s ‘Trail and Death of Socrates’”
Guest panelist:
Dr. Gordon Kelly, Classical Studies  
Dr. Maureen Healy, History  
Dr. Nick Smith, James F. Miller Professor of Humanities  
“Virgina Woolf’s ‘A Room of One’s Own’”
Guest panelist:
Dr. Maureen Reed, American Studies  
Dr. Mike Mirabile, Comparative Literature  
Dr. Rishona Zimring, English  
Spring 2012
Guest panelist:
Dr. Jennifer LaBounty, Psychology 
Dr. Pauls Toutonghi, English  
Dr. Stephen Weeks, Theatre.
Guest panelist:
Dr. Joel Martinez, Philosophy  
Dr. Andrew Bernstein, History  
“How do Muslims view Science and Evolution”
Guest Speaker:
Salman Hameed, Director of the Center for the Study of Science in Muslim Societies (SSiMS) and Assistant Professor of Integrated Science and Humanities at Hampshire College.
Guest panelist:
Dr. Isabelle DeMarte, French  
Dr. Peter Drake, Computer Science  
Dr. Jane Hunter, Associate Dean of CAS
Question and Answer Session.
Guest panelist:
Dr. Todd Watson, Psychology  
Dr. Daena Goldsmith, Rhetoric and Media Studies  
Guest panelist:
Dr. Lyell Asher, English  
Dr. Rob Kugler, Religious Studies  
Dr. Nicholas Smith, Philosophy  
Fall 2011

NSO Kick-off Lecture - “Things”
 Guest panelist:                                                                                            

Dr. Dawn Odell, Assistant Professor of Art History, chosen by last year’s students as Teacher of the Year; 

Dr. Cliff Bekar, Associate Professor of Economics;

Dr. Jay Odenbaugh, Associate Professor of Philosophy.

“Three Ways of Looking at the Hebrew Bible”
Guest panelist:
Dr. Joel Sweek, Religious Studies 
Dr. Ralph Drayton,History of Science  
Dr. Maureen Reed, American Literature.
Euripides, The Bacchae
Guest panelist:
Dr. Rishona Zimring, English 
Dr. Eddie Cushman, Philosophy 
Dr. Stepan Simek, Theater
Plato, Five Dialogues
Guest panelist:
Dr. Jerry Harp, English  
Dr. Becko Copenhaver, Philosophy
The Gospel According to Matthew
Guest panelist:
Dr. Susan Morrill, Religious Studies
Dr. Ben David, Art  
Guest panelist:
Dr. Paul Powers, Religious Studies
Dr. Rachel Cole, English  
Spring 2011:
The Science and Culture of Food 
Janis Lochner,
 Professor of Chemistry
Barry Glassner,
 President, Lewis & Clark College
Bob Goldman (part 1), Professor of Sociology (part 2 of Goldman lecture)
Question and Answer Session  (part 2 of Q&A)
Read the PioLog Article on E&D lecture series.
Is There A Scientific Method?
Liz Safran, Associate Professor of Geological Science
Cliff Bekar, Associate Professor of Economics
Jay Odenbaugh, Associate Professor of Philosophy
What is Modernity?
Maureen Healy, Associate Professor of History
Rishona Zimring, Associate Professor of English
Paul Powers, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Question and Answer Session
What is Natural?
Greta Binford, Associate Professor of Biology
Jerusha Detweiler-Bedel l, Associate Professor of Psychology
Reiko Hillyer, Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Question and Answer Session

Is Conflict Bad?
Elliot Young, Associate Professor of History
Janet Davidson, Associate Professor of Psychology
Bob Mandel, Professor of International Affairs
This lecture will not be videotaped.

Fall 2010:
Matthew Through the Ages: Co-optation to Colonization
Guest panelist:
Rob Kugler, Professor of Religious Studies
Oren Kosansky, Assistant  Professor of Anthropology
Todd Lochner, Associate Professor of Political Science.
Question and Answer session.
Freud on Science, Art and Religion
Guest panelist:
Alan Cole, Professor of Religious Studies
Rachel Cole, Assistant Professor of English
Brian Detweiler-Bedell, Associate Professor of Psychology.
Question and Answer session.
The Trial and Death of Socrates: Plato’s Dialogues
Guest panelist:
Bjorn Stillion Southard, Communications
Nick Smith, Philosophy
Ambiguous Aeneid
Guest panelist:
Ben David, Art History
Gordon Kelly, Classical Studies
Wrestling with the God(s): Genesis and Exodus
Guest panelist: Jerry Harp, English; Paul Powers, Religious Studies; and Rob Kugler, Religious Studies.
Guest panelist: Mary Szybist, English; Matt Johnston, Art History; and Becko Copenhaver, Philosophy.
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