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- NEWSFinding Clarity in a Chaotic WorldLewis & Clark established the Joseph M. Ha Professorship in International Affairs in recognition of Joe’s leadership in developing Lewis & Clark’s international affairs department, his record of transformational teaching, and his advancement of cross-cultural understanding.
For almost 60 years, Lewis & Clark’s International Affairs Symposium has been nationally recognized as a hub for discussing the most pressing matters in foreign affairs. From April 5 to April 7, the symposium will focus on controversy and emphasize opposing viewpoints on environmental degradation, the conflicts of multiculturalism, and the structure of the future international system.
A chair in honor of Marc has been established at the College of Arts and Sciences and Bob Mandel has been named as its first incumbent.ASLC President Mikah Bertelmann BA ’21 has been awarded a Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship, designed to prepare outstanding individuals for careers in the foreign service with the U.S. Department of State. The Rangel Program supports new graduates through two years of graduate study and professional development.
Rory Bialostosky BA ’22 will become the youngest City Councilor for the city of West Linn, Oregon. He received the most votes in a field of ten candidates, securing one of the two open positions for a four year term. He plans to continue his undergraduate studies while serving on the city council.Ramez Attia BA ’21 and Matthew Brown BA ’21 were named the winning team at the annual Invent Oregon Collegiate State Finals, earning $10,000, plus an additional $2,000 as People’s Choice winners. Their invention is a cost-effective and tech-savvy device programmed to stop drunk driving before it happens.The APSA awarded a grant to Assistant Professor of International Affairs Dr. Suparna Chaudhry for her project, “Gender Violence and Public Attitudes Towards Punishment”Cole Harris BA ’20 is Lewis & Clark’s most recent alum to receive a Fulbright award following his undergraduate degree. Next year, Harris will travel to Kampala, Uganda, to conduct original research on the effects of Pentecostalism on community development.Portland has one of the highest per-capita Vietnamese populations in the country, yet Lewis & Clark is the first academic institution to develop an archive documenting their history. Two Lewis & Clark students organized scores of interviews from the Portland Vietnamese population into a five-episode podcast series about coming to America, finding a home in Portland, education, making a living, and social activism.Watzek Library’s Special Collections contain a number of stories that seem to parallel aspects of life during quarantine. A ship’s log, detailing in manuscript the exciting voyage of an English ship, the Duke of Grafton, seems to offer a perspective on isolation, exhaustion, and the threat of illness, while meanwhile offering a lens on contemporary politics and British colonialism.
In new rankings released by the Peace Corps, Lewis & Clark is in the top 10 on the list of volunteer-producing colleges and universities. With 12 alumni currently serving around the world, Lewis & Clark ranks seventh among small schools in the past year.Aron Phillips BA ’07 shapes athletes’ stories with the latest digital media tools. Read more about Aron’s journey in the newest issue of The Chronicle.A system unraveling?
The oldest student-run symposium in the country, Lewis & Clark’s International Affairs Symposium runs April 8 to 10 this year. The event brings prominent scholars from around the globe to debate on the forces challenging the “status quo” worldwide.
Past EventsApril 21, 2021Interested in working for the state department? Join us as Jessica Simon shares her 18 years experience serving in Israel, Afghanistan, Brazil, and Mexico. Jessica will provide insight on the recruitment process, how to enter foreign service, and what you can do to prepare!When: Wednesday, April 21 from 2-3pm PST
Where: Join us on Zoom (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Format: Jessica will share her experience for about 30 minutes and there will be time for Q&A after.
Additional Background Information:
Jessica Simon is the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Recife, Brazil. She arrived in September, 2020. She most recently served as Press Attache for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.
A career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Simon previously served as Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro; in Washington as Deputy Director of Communications in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary in the Public Affairs Bureau, and as a Pearson Congressional Fellow. Ms. Simon also served overseas at the U.S. Embassies in Tel Aviv, Israel and Kabul, Afghanistan.
An Oregon native, Ms. Simon holds a BA in psychology from Tufts University, and a Masters degree in international relations from Georgetown University. She speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, and some Dari. Prior to joining the Department of State, Ms. Simon worked as a program officer in the Washington office of Partners of the Americas, and as an English teacher with the WorldTeach program in Costa Rica. She and her Brazilian-born husband Frederico, have a seven-year-old daughter and a fifteen-month-old son.April 15, 2021The International Affairs Department invites you to join an end-of-the-year event with special guest speaker Darrell Blocker. Darrell is a 32-year career intelligence officer with experience in global security and social justice initiatives. Darrell currently lives in the greater Los Angeles area after a lifetime residing and working in foreign countries in Africa, Asia and Europe; including Italy, Okinawa, South Korea, Niger, Senegal, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, Pakistan, and Switzerland. Don’t miss hearing his perspective on current global issues and his advice on what you can do to prepare for the job market.April 7, 2021