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Senior Profiles

  • Rosemary Arends ’19

    Computer Science/Mathematics Major, Russian minor

    Growing up in Moscow, Russia, Rosemary was introduced to Russian culture at a young age and instantly felt a connection. In fact, the prospect of studying Russian was the driving force behind her decision to attend Lewis & Clark College. From relearning the alphabet to analyzing Russian film, Rosemary has enjoyed her coursework and experience in the Russian Department at Lewis & Clark. She was able to study abroad in Saint Petersburg during Summer 2017 and absolutely fell in love with the city’s bright lights and big bridges. Rosemary yearns to return to Russia and, while she is currently planning to stay in Portland for a bit after graduation, she is excited at the prospect of returning to Russia and Central Asia in the near future.

  • Jack H. Penrod ’19

    World Languages Major (German/Russian), Political Science Minor

    Jack H. Penrod 19’, World Languages Major (German/Russian), Political Science Minor

    Before his final year of high school, the only foreign language which Jack knew well was German, which he had been learning since 2011. Then, during his senior year, he began watching documentaries about the history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, sparking his interest in Russian culture.  While a freshman, he often heard his Belarusian roommate and Russian neighbor speaking in Russian, and felt compelled to begin learning the language himself.  After having taught himself the Cyrillic alphabet and some simple phrases, in the summer of 2016 Jack travelled to the Northern (Arctic) Federal University in Arkhangelsk to complete a language intensive program.  The experience proved to be very positive, and it became clear to him that he wanted to officially incorporate Russian into his academic studies.  After graduation, Jack plans to return to his hometown in Southern California, but intends to someday soon return to Russia, to cross the country via the Trans-Siberian Railway, to traverse the volcanoes of Kamchatka, and to reunite with his comrades.

  • Justin Schaefer ’18

    Computer Science Major, Russian Minor

    Before coming to Lewis & Clark, Justin knew almost nothing about the Russian language, culture, or history beyond what he had read in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. He decided to study Russian in college almost on a whim, as there was a foreign language requirement and Russian seemed like an interesting option. However, within weeks of his first Russian class, he fell in love with the language and discovered that the culture and history of Russia was even more interesting than he had expected. Unfortunately, Justin was unable to study abroad in Russia during his time at Lewis & Clark, due to switching majors at the end of his sophomore year, but he hopes to visit Russia and its neighboring countries at least once in his life. After graduating, Justin will stay in Portland to work as a software analyst for Huron Consulting, and while he will not immediately be using Russian in his career, he wants to keep up his language skill in his free time.

  • Joseph Walsh ’17

    Computer Science/Mathematics Major, Russian minor

    Joe first encountered Russian culture through the musical works of composers such as Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, which motivated him to learn more about Russia. By the time he started college, Joe already knew which foreign language he was interested in studying. During his junior year, Joe traveled to Russia for a semester abroad. There, he immersed himself in a foreign culture, made new friends, and experienced the chaos of daily life in the city of six million people. Jose is currently contemplating a career as a lawyer.


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    Russian Program is located in Miller Center on the Undergraduate Campus.

    voice 503-768-7420 fax 503-768-7434

    Russian Section Head
    Maria Hristova

    Russian Program

    • Russian Program Lewis & Clark 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road MSC 30 Portland OR 97219