News and Events
- NEWSReiko Hillyer, associate professor of history, teaches a course about Portland’s multifaceted history, which encourages students to develop a deeper sense of place.Lewis & Clark’s full-day celebration of student scholarship and creativity returned to its in-person format on April 8.A panel of Lewis & Clark professors recently gathered to discuss the historical, political, and cultural underpinnings of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.As recipients of prestigious Fulbright awards, four members of the L&C community will work abroad next year: Meredith Stinger BA ’19 (India), Mila Wolpert BA ’19 (France), Amelia Madarang BA ’22 (Taiwan), and Alex Webb BA ’22 (Colombia).Show/Performance title: The Starry Road To FreedomPrécis: This show takes us on the journey of what it truly means to be free. From Frederick Douglass as a young boy who is heavily influenced by his grandmother to self realization through the power of the written and spoken word we witness Douglass dramatic discovery of freedom through 7 different characters played by Phil Darius Wallace. He creatively uses song, poetry, monologue and speeches to bring the Frederick Douglass Story to life.
This show is to be held in Evans Auditorium Monday, April 11th from 4:30pm-5:45pm.
Elliott Young Op/Ed on Involuntary Incarceration in Washington Post
Elliott Young has a new Op/Ed in The Washington Post entitled, “Locking up the mentally ill has a long history: The prospect of removing people from communities to be put in institutions has been a project of social control.”
Elliott Young is professor of history at Lewis & Clark College and the author of “Forever Prisoners: How the United States Made the World’s Largest Immigrant Detention System.”The LC Literary Review will publish its 50th Anniversary Issue this coming spring! The editorial team is reading submissions now through February 14th, 2023 and will notify writers and artists which pieces they select soon afterwards.Poetry, prose, and visual art submissions are welcome and encouraged from all LC students, faculty, staff, and alumni in the greater LC community.The 2022 Lewis & Clark Fiction Award is open to all graduating seniors currently enrolled full-time at Lewis & Clark College. The winning writer is awarded a cash prize of $100 and the piece can be previously published.
The Vern Rutsala Academy of American Poets Prize Contest at Lewis & Clark College is open to all graduating seniors currently enrolled full-time at Lewis & Clark College. The winning poet is awarded a cash prize of $100 and acknowledgement in the Academy’s newsletter. Poems can be previously published. For more information about the Academy of American Poets visit www.poets.orgThe History Department and Watzek Library hosted an in-person presentation of the 2021 History Thesis Poster Session on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. Peruse what the students created!The History Department is excited to welcome Adjunct Professor Sarah Thomsen Vierra to teach with our department this Spring.
HIST 298 Global Pandemics in History is an examination of global epidemics and pandemics in historical perspective, beginning with the infamous Black Death in Europe during the 14th century and ending with the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the late 20th century. The course will trace the development of pandemics from the first unexpected and often bewildering cases and early understandings of the sources and treatments to how the diseases influenced contemporary social relationships, cultural beliefs, and medical knowledge. In addition, the course will scrutinize how people’s ideas about disease shaped their responses to it, sometimes in ways that inhibited their efforts to successfully treat those affected. Through study of expert scholarship and historical firsthand accounts, the class will make connections between the pandemics of the past and the world we live in today.History major Jakob Mohr BA ’23 takes you behind the scenes into the Watzek library archives. This room contains a treasure trove of historical literature to research for your projects! If you’re a history major at L&C, you may likely have a class in this room at some point.
- EVENTSFebruary 8Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Taylor Stewart
Date: February 8th
Doors will open at 6:30pm for dinner
Speaker from 7pm- 8pmFebruary 9
Please join us for a screening of DOG GONE, a Netflix Original #1 film based on the book by LC English Professor Pauls Toutonghi! This feel-good film is based on a true story about one family’s quest to find their son’s lost dog, and stars Johnny Berchtold, Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Nick Peine. We will follow the film with Q&A with the author and a celebratory reception.
Hosted by the LC English Department and the Office of the President.February 20
59th Annual Throckmorton Lecture, Timothy Cheek on “The Power of the Past: What do China’s Communist Leaders Have in Common with Confucius?”
How is China governed? It is a question on our minds as the rule of its president Xi Jinping challenges American hopes and stokes our fears. Is it Communist? Capitalist? Confucian? Making sense of Chinese statecraft, or of how any state is governed, requires not only political analysis but also some sense of its history. This is a fundamental historiographical challenge: how can knowledge of past practice inform, deepen, or throw into question what we think we know about later and present practice? This lecture responds to these questions through the example of one mode of Chinese governance—state-sponsored, village-based, public education in civic virtues. This effort to create ideal subjects began with 11th century Confucian bureaucrats, continued in rural education programs in the 1930s, re-emerged with Mao’s ideological campaigns of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, and has reappeared today in Xi Jinping’s mandatory political study sessions. In the end, we find that the past does not determine the present, but does shape its choices through inherited conditions (such as administering a nation the size of an empire), political culture, and, most significantly, the parts of historical memory China’s leaders choose to remember or repress.