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Black History Month

Black History Month was expanded from one week to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial, to signify the importance of Black history, the Civil Rights movement, and the contributions of African Americans to American history and culture. Join Lewis & Clark as we celebrate Black history month!

February 3, 2015 @ 6:30 PM in Council Chamber

Lecture by Dr. Ed Baptist, author of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism: “I looked for a story about families. I found a story about capitalism.”

Ed Baptist grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.  He did his graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania.  Since then, he has taught first at the University of Miami, and, since 2003, at Cornell University. At Cornell, Baptist teaches about the history of slavery, the U.S. Civil War, American capitalism, digital history, as well as a service-learning course that brings American students to work in the schools of a community in rural Jamaica. 

Dr. Baptist will speaking about his new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, published by Basic Books in September 2014.  (reviewed in the New York Times). Ten years in the making, this sweeping history of the United States from the Revolution to the Civil War puts enslaved African Americans at the center of the story.  Using interviews with ex-slaves, personal narratives written by survivors who escaped slavery, the business papers and secret letters of enslavers, as well as the newspapers and more public documents of American communities, this book argues that to understand how the American past is today’s prologue, we must understand how American slavery grew and changed, became modern, and shaped the American nation. 

February, 4, 2015 @ 7:00 PM in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel

photo by Scott LanglyAn Evening with Sister Helen Prejean and the 20th Anniversary of the film: Dead Man Walking

Sister Helen Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions. She travels around the world giving talks about her ministry. She considers herself a southern storyteller.

Sister Helen is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph and spent her first years with the Sisters teaching religion to junior high school students. Realizing that being on the side of poor people is an essential part of the Gospel she moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and began working at Hope House from 1981 – 1984. During this time, she was asked to correspond with a death row inmate Patrick Sonnier at Angola. She agreed and became his spiritual adviser. After witnessing his execution, she wrote a book about the experience. The result was Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. It became a movie, an opera and a play for high schools and colleges. A screening of the Oscar winning film starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon Dead Man Walking will be on January 28 @ 7:00pm in the Chapel. 

Since 1984, Sister Helen has divided her time between educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners. She has accompanied six men to their deaths. In doing so, she began to suspect that some of those executed were not guilty. This realization inspired her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, which was released by Random House in December of 2004.  Sr. Helen is presently at work on another book - RIVER OF FIRE: MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.  

Please join us for an evening with Sister Helen Prejean and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film, Dead Man Walking. An opportunity for purchasing/autographing books with Sr. Helen Prejean will be available after her talk.  This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life at Lewis & Clark College. Free and open to the public. RSVP Required (limited to 400 people) 

February 13, 2015 @ 3:30-5 PM in Miller 105

Screening: Black Girl in Suburbia with Director, Melissa Lowry

Please join director, Melissa Lowry for a screening of her new film. Black Girl In Suburbia is a feature documentary that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. This is a different look into suburbia from the perspective of women of color. This film explores through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues black girls have relating to both white and black communities.

Black Girl In Suburbia intends to spark an open dialogue about race, identity, and perspective among all people. In hopes that these discussions will allow us to look at perceptions of ourselves, others and the community we live in as a whole.

The screening will be accompanied by a panel discussion of 4 that includes the filmmaker, Melissa Lowery, and one of women featured in the film, Traci Prinkki. The filmmaker and documentary are Portland-based and raise very interesting issues of race and identity construction in our specific locale.  The audience is encouraged to come to the screening and engage with the panelists in the form of questions and commentary.  A trailer for the documentary can be found at

February 21, 2015 @ 7:00 PM in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Sister OUTsider Poetry

Sister Outsider Poetry is an award-winning duo representing two of the top three female slam poets in the world, Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman. Their tour marks the first time that two Women of the World Poetry Slam Champions have paired up. They have appeared on six national poetry slam finals stages and have six championships collectively. Inspired by the life and work of Audre Lorde, they write and perform their “otherness” into the center and use spoken word as a tool for social change.

Join us for an evening performance in the Chapel, sponsored by the Apocalips Slam Poetry Club, Finance Committee, United Genders & Sexuality, IME, the Black Student Union, Student Activities and the Feminist Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Dominique Christina is a writer, performer, educator, and activist. She holds five national titles in the four years she has been competing in slam, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. She is presently the only person to have held two national titles at one time and the only person to have won two Women of the World Poetry Championships.

Her work is greatly influenced by her family’s legacy in the Civil Rights Movement; her grandfather was a Hall of Famer in the Negro Leagues, while her aunt was one of the Little Rock Nine. She has always known she was a colored girl. Her writing is a celebration of that. Dominique Christina has performed across the country, opening for Cornel West, and performing for the Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till families in Washington DC at the Shiloh Baptist Church.  

Denice Frohman is an award-winning poet, lyricist, and educator, whose work explores the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and the “in-between-ness” that exists in us all. She is the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, 2014 CantoMundo Fellow, 2014 National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures Fund for the Arts grant recipient, 2013 Hispanic Choice Award winner, and 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient. Her work has been commissioned by Philadelphia’s citywide “UnLitter Us” Campaign, GALAEI (Gay and Lesbian Latino Aids Education Initiative), and has appeared in the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Advocate and literary publications such as The Apiary, Alight and Narrative Northeast. Her poem “Dear Straight People” went viral after being featured on Upworthy, and has over 1 million views on Youtube. As a queer, multi-cultural, latina woman, her work focuses on social justice, identity, celebrating difference, and loving the parts of ourselves that do not fit neatly into dominant social categories.

February 25, 2015 @ 7:30 PM, Trail Room

Comedy Night with Wit Privilege: “What Are You?” And Other Awkward Racially Centered Conversations










Trio Comedians Curtis Cook, Bri Pruett, and Caitlin Weierhauser make up “Wit Privilege” Join us for a night of comedy and awkward racially centered conversations. 

Caitlin Weierhauser grew up in an Ewok tree fort with her rubber band cross-bow, her wolf, and her budding resentment for The Man. Caitlin has performed on All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival, Grrrl Front, Not Enough! Fest, was included in the AfterEllen list of 40 Hot Queer Ladies in Comedy and has opened for James Adomian. She won the Moth StorySLAM 12/2013, and plans to take down the patriarchy by Christmas. 
Bri Pruett is a stand-up comic and improviser from Portland, Oregon.  She’s appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the All Jane No Dick comedy festival, the Seattle International Comedy Competition, and Bumbershoot. She’s makes regular appearances at Helium Comedy Club, Curious Comedy Theater, and other Portland showcases. She’s the comedy sidekick, writer, and co-creator of Late Night Action with Alex Falcone, a live, talk/variety show. Along with comedy buddies Alex Falcone, Curtis Cook and Anthony Lopez she is the power quartet behind weekly comedy showcase, Earthquake Hurricane. In 2013, Willamette Week named her one of the Funniest 5 Comedians in Portland.
Curtis Cook is a comic from Cleveland, Ohio now living in Portland, Oregon. He has performed in venues and festivals throughout the country, including the Cleveland Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Exposition, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and San Francisco’s Sketchfest. In addition to performing, Curtis co-hosts a weekly podcast titled Black By Popular Demand, is a contributing writer to Laugh Staff, and presently holds an undisputed record for 2014’s highest number of consecutive tweets about the 4 Non Blondes. The Portland Mercury described his comedy as “sleepy, slam poetry,” and the Willamette Week listed him as among 2014’s funniest five comics in PDX.