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Exploration and Discovery

Welcome to college. Now what?

Paul Powers introduces Exploration and Discovery—better known as E&D— the course where you can immerse yourself in an array of the great texts (like Plato, Freud, the Bible, and Woolf); improve your writing, reading, and speaking skills; and discover what the liberal arts are really all about.  

This innovative, two-semester program will introduce you to important ideas and works in the tradition of the liberal arts, and help you develop the college-level skills necessary to succeed at Lewis & Clark—and beyond. We’re proud to offer such a unique opportunity to our first-year students.

In the fall, you’ll work closely with your small section and instructor to read, discuss, and write papers on provocative works of philosophy, literature, religion, and science. Scheduled E&D lectures and films take place in the late afternoon or evening, and offer additional food for thought.

During spring you’ll apply your freshly-honed skills to a rigorous seminar course—topics vary depending upon each instructor’s interest and expertise, and have ranged from war, the environment, and human rights, to vampires, the Big Bang theory, and the concept of scandal.

E&D is a reading, writing, and talking-intensive course that allows you to explore new ideas and discover your academic potential. Small sections and committed faculty result in solid feedback and individual attention and a unifying curriculum of ideas, concepts, and approaches results in a community of thinkers with common ground and informed, diverse opinions.

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October 8th, 2014

  • Image preview 3:30pm - 5:00pm: E&D Fall Colloquium: The Tempest

    Shakespeare’s The Tempest
    Guest panelists followed by Q&A.

    • Prof. Rebecca Lingafelter, Theatre
    • Michael Mendelson, Founding Artistic Director, Portland Shakespeare Project

    Discussion will feature thoughts, ideas and concepts that will broaden students understanding of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Additionally, actors from Portland Shakespeare Project will read a few scenes.


    The Colloquium Series is free and open to the Lewis & Clark Community.

October 13th, 2014

  • Image preview 3:30pm - 5:00pm: E&D Presents author William Deresiewicz
    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.

    Monday, October 13th, 3:30pm
    Council Chambers in Templeton

    This event is free and open the Lewis & Clark community.

October 29th, 2014

  • Image preview 3:30pm - 5:00pm: E&D Fall Colloquium: Douglass’ Narrative

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

    The lectures will feature speakers from different traditions and disciplines discussing with one another the great works read in the fall E&D sections in an open format.  Discussion will feature thoughts, ideas and concepts that will broaden students understanding of Frederick Douglass’ Narrative.

    Guest panelists followed by Q&A.

    • Dr. Maureen Reed, American Studies
    • Prof. Kim Cameron-Dominguez, Cultural Anthropology
    • TBA

    The Colloquium Series is free and open to the Lewis & Clark Community.

November 12th, 2014

  • Image preview 3:30pm - 5:00pm: E&D Fall Colloquium: Virginia Woolf

    A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

    The lectures will feature speakers from different traditions and disciplines discussing with one another the great works read in the fall E&D sections in an open format.  Discussion will feature thoughts, ideas and concepts that will broaden students understanding of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.

    Guest panelists (TBD) followed by Q&A:

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

    The Colloquium Series is free and open to the Lewis & Clark Community.

     

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