News and Events
- NEWSBoth the David Savage Award and the Lorry Lokey Awards prioritize and celebrate inspirational leadership, rigorous scholarship, and creative accomplishments in the classroom and in the broader academic community. This year’s awards recognize four Lewis & Clark faculty members from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities for their excellence.Professor of History Elliott Young recently received a $25,000 grant for his “Migration Scholar Collaborative Project” from Vital Projects at Proteus, a donor advised fund interested in human rights and criminal justice reform.We are delighted to share the good news that Associate Professor of History Reiko Hillyer has been awarded a Franklin Research Grant by the American Philosophical Society for her book project, “Windows in the Walls: The Permeability of the Prison and the Rise of Mass Incarceration.”On Thursday, February 27th Professor Emerita of History Dr. Jane Hunter delivered the 57th annual Arthur L. Throckmorton Memorial Lecture. Her lecture “Missionary Daughter to Daughter of the Revolution: Isabel Crook’s Journey to the Great Hall of the People” covered the life of Isabel Crook (now an impressive 104 years old), the daughter of Canadian missionaries in China who left behind the Protestantism of her parents to become an ardent communist.
Professor Elliott Young is doubly awarded for his article “Caging Immigrants at McNeil Island Federal Prison, 1880-1940”It is our pleasure to announce that Professor Elliott Young has been doubly awarded the James Madison Award as well as the Louis Knott Koontz Memorial Award for his article entitled “Caging Immigrants at McNeil Island Federal Prison, 1880-1940,” which was published in the Pacific Historical Review.To honor her daughter and to benefit other students who share Natasha’s passion for learning, Susannah White established the Natasha C. Priess ’12 Memorial Annual Scholarship the autumn of 2014. In 2020, Michael Mihalke and his daughter Amanda Mihalke ’19 endowed the scholarship. Michael wanted to recognize the profound impact Lewis & Clark had on Amanda, also a history major, and came across this scholarship online. He was greatly moved by Natasha’s story and wanted to ensure her academic legacy while also honoring Amanda’s accomplishments. This scholarship is awarded to students with financial need who are majoring in history and/or experience an unexpected, significant change to financial circumstances.
“In every single way that counted, the college was as much a home to her as it was a caring and dynamic institution of learning where she found her calling in life.”History Now Panel Series
By Gwen O’ConnorWhat is life like for history majors after Lewis & Clark College? Gwen O’Connor teamed up with Professor Reiko Hillyer to find out what Marly Williams, a history alum from 2015, has been doing post graduation.
EJ Carter, who received his PhD in History from the University of Illinois and decided to become a librarian to continue engaging with academic research, has worked as
one of Watzek’s Special Collections and Archives librarians since May 2014. Last summer, he became the library liaison to the History Department.Did you know the History Department is offering two courses this summer?
Session I: Hist 227 Medieval Europe, 800-1400 - Krystle PerkinsSession II: Hist 217 The Emergence of Modern South Asia - David CampionWhat is SAAB? The Student Academic Affairs Board (SAAB) is a student-run committee that awards funds for tutoring, student-lead research, attendance at academic conferences or programs, and assistance with a musical/theatrical performance. It also provides money to bring visiting scholars to campus.An article by Elliott YoungPacific Historical Review, Vol. 88 No. 1, Winter 2019; (pp. 48-85)Azen Jaffe ’19 on “Vietnamese Portland: Memory, History, Community”The petition on change.org, co-sponsored by Professors Elliott Young and Reiko Hillyer, is in response to the The Oregonian/OregonLive’s analysis that one in two arrests made by the Portland Police Bureau last year was of a homeless person, while less than 3 percent of Portlanders are homeless.
In a recent “Meiji at 150” podcast interview (https://meijiat150.podbean.com/e/episode-54-dr-andrew-bernstein/), Prof. Andrew Bernstein charts both the modernization of Japanese death practices and the nationalization of Mt. Fuji from the Meiji period (1868-1912) to today. After discussing the invention of Shinto funerals, the Meiji government’s short-lived ban on cremation, and the impact of street traffic on funeral processions, he turns to the emergence of Fuji as a national symbol and then to the development of military training grounds at its base. Prof. Bernstein also briefly describes the interdisciplinary Mt. Fuji study program that he co-led with LC geologist Elizabeth Safran in 2014 and 2017.Footnotes is the Lewis & Clark History Department’s annual newsletter. It covers the major developments in the department during the academic year and highlights the various activities and accomplishments of our students and faculty.“The Light in Islam: Liberalism and Muslims in South Asia.” 55th Annual Arthur L. Throckmorton Memorial Lecture by Dr. Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History, Tufts University.Professors Andrew Bernstein and Elizabeth Safran Lead Second Mt. Fuji ProgramInside Out: Student Reflections on Reiko Hillyer’s Crime and Punishment CourseProfessor Martha Hodes of New York University delivers the 54th Annual Throckmorton Memorial Lecture titled “Mourning Lincoln: The Assassination and the Meaning of the Civil War” on February 27, 2017.Professor of History Elliott Young’s opinion piece, titled “Trump’s Immigration Orders Signal End Of Civil Rights Era” appears in the January 28, 2017 edition of The Huffington Post.Sam Bussan (Hist ’18) rediscovers a Geneva Bible dating to 1599 in Watzek Library.
- EVENTSThere are no upcoming events. Please see our past events.
Past EventsNovember 19, 2020“Missionary Daughter to Daughter of the Revolution: Isabel Crook’s Journey to China’s Great Hall of the People”October 29, 2020Please join members of the Lewis & Clark History Department for a conversation, “Patriotic Education” in Historical Perspective.Moderator: Mo HealyPresenters:
October 15, 2020Join the History Department on Zoom for Meet Your Major!
- Elliott Young- “Monuments, museums and archives and the politics of vandalism”
- Andy Bernstein- “Revering the emperor, loving the homeland: patriotic education in the schools of imperial Japan”
- Susan Glosser-“‘The Forgotten Ally’: China and the United States in the Second World War”
Hear from faculty members and current majors about what it means to study history at Lewis & Clark. Through your attendance, you will be entered into a raffle for $50 at Powell’s Books!
Click here to join us on Zoom!July 10, 2020
The faculty of the History Department will host a three-part summer discussion series, “History at Noon,” that will allow us to indulge one of the fun things about being a history student: reading primary sources! We will meet over zoom.
There is no reading required in advance: each session we’ll be looking at one or more brief historical documents particularly relevant to our time. The documents will be posted ahead of time, but you can also jump on the call and read as we go. This is a low-key opportunity for faculty, current students, recent alumni and new incoming students to connect with each other and consider some of the historical undercurrents shaping our current events. Please join us!March 9, 2020Historian and activist Garrett Felber, assistant professor of History at the University of Mississippi, will discuss his new book, Those Who Know Don’t Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Struggle, and the Carceral State. Felber documents the interplay between law enforcement and Muslim communities in the postwar United States, decisively showing how state repression and Muslim organizing laid the groundwork for the modern carceral state and the contemporary prison abolition movement which opposes it.March 5, 2020Calling all fashionable history enthusiasts: come join us for the History Department’s 7th Annual Historical Project Runway! For this event, teams of 3 will compete in a fashion-design competition inspired by historical events. Students are mentored along the way by Andy Bernstein as Tim Gunn. Contestants then will strut their stuff before a panel of illustrious guest judges. First prize consists of gift cards to Buffalo Exchange. Look out for the announcement of this year’s judges and theme, coming soon!
Thursday, March 5, in Miller 105. The designing and fabricating of the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. (with pizza provided for contestants)! Even if you are not interested in competing, all are welcome to come and watch the runway show at 7 p.m.February 27, 2020Missionary Daughter to Daughter of the Revolution: Isabel Crook’s Journey to the Great Hall of the People
Professor Emerita of History Jane Hunter taught U.S. social and cultural history at Lewis & Clark beginning in 1990. Her first book, Gospel of Gentility: American Women Missionaries in Turn-of-the Century China, won the Governors’ Award from Yale University Press at its publication and came out in translation in China in 2014. She has spent over four years living in East Asia, first teaching English in Hong Kong from 1971-73, and then in 2003-4 teaching American studies as a Fulbright lecturer in Shanghai, and again in 2012-13 at Sichuan University in Chengdu. This fall, she was a fellow at Shanghai Normal University’s Guangqi International Center working on this project. (Another book, How Young Ladies Became Girls: The Victorian Origins of American Girlhood won the 2004 outstanding book prize from the Society for the History of Education.)