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Exploration and Discovery

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Exploration and Discovery—better known as E&D— the course where you can immerse yourself in an array of the great texts (like Plato, Douglass, Marx, 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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September 1st, 2017

  • 1:30pm: E&D Kick-Off Lecture “What’s in a Name? Historical Memory at Lewis & Clark College”

    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 

    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

  • Image preview 2:45pm: First E&D Class
    First day of class for Exploration & Discovery, Core 106.  Immediately following the E&D Kick-Off Lecture, please head to the announced classrooms (signs will be posted).

September 6th, 2017

  • Image preview 3:30pm - 5:00pm: E&D Fall Colloquium - Plato
    Five Dialogues by Plato
    in Miller 105
    The lectures will feature speakers from different traditions and disciplines discussing one of 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 Plato’s Five Dialogues.  

    Guest panelists:

    • Joe Gantt, RHMS Instructor & Director of Forensics
    • John Holzwarth, Political Science Asst Prof w/Term & Writing Center Director
    • Nicholas Smith, James F. Miller Professor of Humanities in Philosophy Dept

    This event is free and open to the Lewis & Clark Community.

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