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April 18th, 2018

April 2nd, 2018

  • Image preview 4:30pm: “But how could we sing the Lord’s song in a strange Land?” Slave Religion and Consciousness in the Afro-Peruvian Diaspora
    Consortium for Faculty Diversity Dissertation Fellow, James Padilioni, Jr., will give a lecture that interrogates the experience of Black chattel slavery by centering slave religion. In particular, I focus on Martin de Porres (1579-1639), a mixed-race friar from Lima, Peru who ministered to the enslaved community. The Vatican canonized Martin in 1962 as the patron saint of social justice. Martin and the enslaved community’s Catholic practices reveal the ways Africans made sense of their American captivity by selectively braiding together aspects of their indigenous traditions with the trappings of Baroque Spanish Catholicism. By reinterpreting their worldviews in additive and expansive ways, enslaved Africans creatively worked out new forms of spiritual knowing that related them to the material conditions of their lives. I approach these ritual practices as critical expressions of Afro-Peruvian values that harbored memory, catalyzed everyday politics, and populated integrated social worlds that span spiritual and material planes, returning the full potentiality of the divine to those most-marginalized on Earth.

March 19th, 2018

  • Image preview 4:30pm - 5:30pm: Fast Food Civil Rights
    Dr. Marcia Chatelaine, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University, will discuss her latest book project.

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March 6th, 2018

  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm: What Does Justice Look Like? Series - Part I “Right of Passage”
    Screening of the film “Right of Passage” recounts the journey of a small disenfranchised people who for thirty years buried their shame and indignation but then found the courage and strength to seek justice, which then snowballed into a lesson of the power of American democracy. Followed by a Q&A with the director Janice Tanaka.

February 26th, 2018

February 21st, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: 4th Annual Middle East Symposium

    Monday February 19th

    6pm-7pm,  Howard 102
    Keynote Presentation - Dr. Omar Reda, OHSU
    Dr. Reda a Libyan-American doctor specializing in forensic psychiatrist and teaches at Oregon Health Sciences University. Reda fled his homeland in 1999 upon receiving threat of arrest by Ghaddafi’s forces for delivering food and supplies to families of those imprisoned by the regime. Over the past decade, Reda has frequently returned to Libya to help those affected by conflict and has worked to create programs to help children recover emotionally from experiences of trauma.  


    7:15-8:30pm, Smith Hall
    Symposium Dinner Banquet
    Members of the Lewis & Clark Community are invited to attend a dinner banquet for all symposium presenters, organizers, and guests. This gathering is an opportunity to interact with presenters and recognize the efforts of the steering committee. This event is catered by Ya-Hala Lebanese Cuisine. 


    Tuesday February 20th 


    2pm-3pm, Location TBA
    The ‘Cyprus Conflict’: The Experiences of a Fulbright-Hayes Participant on an Island Divided
    Omeica Hudson, Department of Education Fulbright-Hayes Participant
    Presentation Abstract: ”Cyprus is an island off the coast of Turkey that has had multiple civil wars between ethnicities over political power sharing. These wars led to UN peacekeeping troops helping to create a ceasefire in 1974 that is still in effect today. This conflict has been termed the “Cyprus Conflict”.

    The wars split Cyprus into two nations based on ethnicity: the southern, Greek (The Republic of Cyprus) and the northern, Turkish,( Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) There is a “UN Buffer Zone” called the “Green Line” that stretches 112 miles from north to south and is about 4 miles wide at its widest point. Most of the buffer zone is a graveyard and time capsule of lost lives, land, homes, and histories and is now patrolled by UN peacekeeping troops and border patrols. At one point, the “Green Line” runs through the center of the capital city, Nicosia, the only divided capital city in the world. The village of Pyla, located inside the “Green Line”, is the only village in Cyprus where Greeks and Turks communities live and govern together.

    Although there is a ceasefire between these two segregated nations, Cyprus has technically been at war for the last 43 years. UN sponsored negotiation talks have been held many times over the last 43 years without success. The last negotiations were in the works this summer. As I lived among those hoping for progress towards reunification through an equitable bi-communal, bi-zonal federation, there was a palpable sense of loss and frustration when the news broke in July that the UN-sponsored talks ended without

    any resolution.”


    4pm-5pm, Albany 218
    “Collective Amnesia: The Multi-Cultural Contributions of Al-Andalus to Western Civilization”
    Dr. Julia Bazi, Lewis & Clark Professor of Music 
    Presentation abstract:  For almost 800 years, Al Andalus fostered an enlightened culture in which three great Abrahamic traditions — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam — co-existed, interacted, and flourished. During the time of Al Andalus (711-1492), individuals of different ethnicities and faiths created an advanced and thriving culture which has had a lasting effect on world culture. So much of what we know and employ today dates back to this period. Modern-day science, technology, math, astronomy, medicine, music, agriculture, architecture, art and even clothing and dining etiquette can all find their roots centuries earlier in Islamic Spain. And yet, this is not a history with which many of us are familiar.The capacity of a memory to endure depends on the social power of the group that holds it and records that history. Collective memory implies by extension, the concept of collective forgetting. This phenomena has its own history. This presentation explores how older Iberian memories continue to influence our present and how the period of Al Andalus, often entirely ignored in our Western History books has had, and continues to have far reaching consequences in the present.

    5:30-6:30pm, Albany 218

    Morocco Student Research Panel
    Dr. Oren Kosansky, Lewis & Clark Professor of Sociology & Anthropology and Director of the Middle East & North African Studies (MENA) Minor. 
    • Bradley Davis CAS ’18, “Philosophy and the Islamic Republic”
    • Emily Hayes-Rich CAS ’19, “The Moroccan Khettara: State Influences Over Rural, Desert
      Morocco from the 7th Century to the Present.” 

    7pm-8pm, Howard 102

    Film Screening: White Helmets 

    This 2016 documentary, set in Aleppo follows the daily operations of volunteer rescue workers known as the White Helmets as they work to save civilians affected by Syria’s civil war. A short discussion will follow the screening. Pizza will be provided at this event. 


    Wednesday February 19th 


    12:30pm-1:30pm, Albany 218
    Identity & Belonging : Student Research Panel
    • Naomi Goldman-Nagel CAS ’19, “Monologues From a Girl with a Multifaceted Identity.”
    • Lindsey Clark CAS ’18, “The Arab Spring ‘Success’ Case: Challenges to Tunisia’s      
      Democratic Transition.”
    • Noam Margalit CAS ’18, “A Society Built on Death’: Examining the Presence and
      Absence of Dying in Israel.”  


    4:30-5:30pm, Howard 102

    “Explaining Women’s Electability: Role Congruity and the Importance of Candidate Type”
    Dr. Lindsay Benstead, Portland State University Professor of Political Science and Interim Director of the Middle East Studies Center (MESC)

    Presentation abstract: Ensuring female representation has been at the forefront of the global development agenda. Yet, little is known about which traits or social, economic, or political roles make women more electable. When and why do voters cast ballots for women, and how can insights into this help scholars, policymakers, and development specialists have a clearer understanding of the prospects of increasing women’s roles? Gender role congruity theory argues that bias against females for leadership roles stems from a mismatch between stereotyped gender roles and the traits associated with a “good leader.” We extend this theory by arguing that the credentials that candidates emphasize, such as their success as business entrepreneurs or civil society activists, has a significant influence on the extent to which voters prefer male over female voters because candidates are also judged as effective occupants of these roles when considered as future political leaders. Drawing on data from four original survey experiments conducted in Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan between 2012 and 2014, we show that electability varies according to the skills candidates bring to the job. In the survey experiment, respondents were presented at random with brief descriptions of candidates who were either male or female and engaged in civil society work or business. We find strong and consistent evidence across the four countries that voters prefer business candidates to civil society candidates. Moreover, males in particular prefer male candidates to female candidates. But, the gender gap in electability is larger for business candidates – roles for which women are often stereotyped as unfit – than civil society candidates. When male and female candidates are running on civil society platforms, the gender bias at the polls is narrowed. We argue that this is because many view women as caring and community-oriented, and thus as having the traits that many equate with successful civil society activists.


    6pm, Stamm
    Musical Performance by the Al Andalus Ensemble 
    Al-Andalus Ensemble an award winning musical ensemble that performs both traditional Andalusian music and contemporary work.  It is internationally known for its innovative fusion of Middle Eastern, North African, European and American traditions, which it represents through world, jazz, flamenco and classical music. The group’s spectrum of work includes original Nuevo-Andalusian and jazz pieces to stirring renditions of American spirituals to thrilling, improvised percussion solos played on traditional clay drums, and much more.

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