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  • We study meaning-making and meaning-sharing through rhetoric and media. Our goal is to provide you with effective theoretical and methodological tools for understanding how public messages, images, texts, stories, conversations, and symbols work. Ours is one of the first programs in the country to offer a major that integrates training in film/television studies with training in media and rhetorical analysis. As an RHMS major you will join an inclusive community that works collaboratively on a challenging curriculum, innovative research, and on applying the things we learn across campus and beyond. RHMS students intern and volunteer in Portland, take their skills into campus activities, and showcase their work at regional and national conferences and festivals.

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  • No one can give you a better sense of what it’s really like to study Rhetoric and Media Studies at Lewis & Clark than our current students and recent alumni.

Meet Our Students

  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/8298-akira-abderrahman"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1367/68021_akira.rev.1504904991.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4 class="orange"><a href="/live/profiles/8298-akira-abderrahman">Akira Abderrahman</a></h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’17</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Baseball</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Los Angeles, California</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> East Africa</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> Being an athlete at L&C means that you get to be part of this bigger family on campus.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/8329-chloe-burton"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/74989_PEO-C4-0418-0242.rev.1539202113.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4 class="orange"><a href="/live/profiles/8329-chloe-burton">Chloe Burton</a></h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’18, MAT ’19</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> LiNK (Liberty in North Korea)</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Brooklyn, New York</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> Siena, Italy</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> I connected the themes from class to real-life experiences with my students, myself, and my teacher. The activities and material were amazing.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/9108-blake-ashby"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1367/73071_peo-c4-1117-0734.rev.1529600308.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4 class="orange"><a href="/live/profiles/9108-blake-ashby">Blake Ashby</a></h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’20</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Photography Club, Staff Photographer at Pioneer Log Newspaper</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Holetown, Barbados</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> New Zealand</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> [Professor Donovan] has this way of guiding you in the right direction while still allowing you to retain your artistic autonomy through the structure of her class and the critiques.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/10675-tadao-kumasaka"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/78750_CAS-0419-SPP-Kumasaka-062.rev.1559686016.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4 class="orange"><a href="/live/profiles/10675-tadao-kumasaka">Tadao Kumasaka</a></h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’21</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Ultimate Frisbee, College Outdoors</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Flagstaff, Arizona</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> Dominican Republic (spring 2020)</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> My favorite spot on campus are the steps outside of JR Howard, right at the center of the academic side of campus. Nothing makes me as happy as basking in the sun and socializing.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/13046-isabel-artiaga"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/84239_IsabelArtiaga.rev.1592502090.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4 class="orange"><a href="/live/profiles/13046-isabel-artiaga">Isabel Artiaga</a></h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’22</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Varsity Volleyball, SAAC executive board member, VP of Student Life committee member</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Moraga, California</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> Ireland</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> If you are an athlete, imagine a scenario in which you are injured. Would you still like the school after that? Trust your gut, it’s never wrong.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/9444-dara-reckard"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,800,534/72461_darareckard.rev.1527703078.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4 class="orange"><a href="/live/profiles/9444-dara-reckard">Dara Reckard</a></h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’18</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Student Leadership and Service SMART Program (Start Making a Reader Today), Hawai‘i Club, Gaming Society, Dungeons and Dragons Social Initiative, College Outdoors, and Japan Club</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Haiku, Maui, Hawai‘i</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> Australia Regional Area Study</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> Be open, and willing to engage and change.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/9851-kyle-owens"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,1200/74153_Kyle_Owens.rev.1535491792.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4 class="orange"><a href="/live/profiles/9851-kyle-owens">Kyle Owens</a></h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’19</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong></div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Los Altos, California</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> The most important thing I learned at Lewis & Clark is that relationships are the key to success. I experienced a lot of ups and downs during my four years, but there is nothing more valuable than relationship building.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/10678-michael-abraham"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/78688_CAS-0419-SPP-Abraham-010.rev.1559168673.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4 class="orange"><a href="/live/profiles/10678-michael-abraham">Michael Abraham</a></h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’21</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Football</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Portland, Oregon</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> London (spring 2020)</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> I don’t have a single mentor, rather I have surrounded myself with a group of people that are always willing to help me.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/9527-nani-welch-keliihoomalu"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,800,534/72912_fud_6498.rev.1529099095.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4 class="orange"><a href="/live/profiles/9527-nani-welch-keliihoomalu">Nani Welch Keliihoomalu</a></h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’18</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Hawai‘i Club</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Waimea, Hawai‘i</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> My decision to go abroad to Japan really changed my entire college experience. It was by far the best part of my four years here.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
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