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  • You have been given much in your completion of a liberal arts education at Lewis & Clark.  Now you have the responsibility to return what you have learned by using your talents and new understandings to lift up your communities, country, and this world.  Stay optimistic and stay the course.

  • Collaborate. Collaborate. Collaborate. Maybe you (like me) never really enjoyed group projects in school, but it turns out that “real life” is basically a series of group projects. Like in school, sometimes you can choose your teammates, and sometimes you can’t. When you can, be picky. And when you can’t…well, I’ve probably learned the most about myself in situations where I couldn’t choose. So take those opportunities to learn what you need to be successful the next time you can choose your collaborators.



  • Bryan Miller BA ’20 and Hanna Merzbach BA ’20 edit their groundbreaking podcast series.
    April 24
    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.
  • October 14

    A recent study by Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life found that Lewis & Clark students voted at a much higher rate than the national average for the 2018 midterm elections. Opportunities for civic engagement on campus could factor into the increase. 

  • Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Rasha Soliman
    January 28
    Rasha Soliman is teaching courses on Egyptian archaeology and history this semester as part of the college’s Middle East and North African studies minor. A world traveler born in Cairo, Soliman holds a faculty appointment at Egypt’s Misr University for Science and Technology.
  • Assistant Professor of History Reiko Hillyer.
    December 13
    Assistant Professor of History Reiko Hillyer has been awarded a grant from the Whiting Foundation to support the expansion of her interdisciplinary project, “Theatre From the Inside-Out: Illuminating Mass Incarceration.” Specifically, the grant will enrich Hillyer’s course Crime and Punishment in U.S. History, which she teaches at the Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland.
  • Mae Johnson BA '19 and Sydney Owada BA '19 at the opening reception for their new exhibit.
    September 24
    Two Lewis & Clark seniors have crafted a new Special Collections exhibit to present religious texts spanning 500 years. The students used an interdisciplinary approach to understand the impact that annotation and translation have had on how societies view and engage with Christianity. The final exhibit showcases their efforts in a detailed and nuanced analysis of how religious materials have influenced broader participation.
  • August 16
    Manufactured distrust. Underrepresented voices. Seemingly intractable problems. Industry-wide disruption. Being a good journalist requires clear writing, sharp thinking, and relentless task-juggling, all skills honed in the liberal arts. Whether covering breaking news in Portland, or chronicling trade missions to Thailand, young alumni are applying their Lewis & Clark skills locally and globally.
  • July 5
    Watzek Library’s Special Collections has been awarded a $30,100 competitive grant in support of a five-year project to interview members of Portland’s Vietnamese community, collecting oral histories that will document the region’s complex and changing urban landscape.
  • April 1
    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.”
  • March 2
    It is our pleasure to announce that Professor Elliot Young has been awarded the James Madison Award for his article entitled “Caging Immigrants at McNeil Island Federal Prison, 1880-1940,” which was published in the Pacific Historical Review.
  • September 8
    Funds two years of study at University of Cambridge for first-generation college student.
  • September 8
    The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society.
  • E.J. Carter
    February 20

    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.

  • Smithsonian National Postal Museum
    February 13
  • Summer History Course
    January 31
    Did you know the History Department is offering two courses this summer? 

    Session I: Hist 227 Medieval Europe, 800-1400 - Krystle Perkins
    Session II: Hist 217 The Emergence of Modern South Asia - David Campion
  • Elliott Young
    January 30
    It is our pleasure to announce that Professor of History Elliott Young has been awarded a $6,000 American Philosophical Society (APS) Franklin Research Grant.
  • The Student Academic Affairs Board
    January 30
    What 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.
  • Elliott Young
    January 29
    An article by Elliott Young
  • Rose VL Deli owner William Vuong.
    November 28
    Azen Jaffe ’19 on “Vietnamese Portland: Memory, History, Community”
  • Ashley Black, Visiting Assistant Professor of History
    November 1
  • Dr. Rasha Soliman
    October 31
  • In front of the dining room display case (before reupholstering the shelves) in the Ambassador
    October 15
  • Reiko Hillyer
    October 3
    The petition on, 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.
  • May 1
    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.
  • February 15
    The fourth annual student-run symposium, History and Movement: Transition in the Middle East, explores the development of modern and historical discourse through the lens of transition. Students will discuss gender, religion, politics, and the implications of continuity and change in the region over time. The symposium kicks off on Monday, February 19.
  • September 25
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art annually welcomes a vibrant group of graduate students, museum professionals, and senior scholars to undertake independent study and research related to the Museum’s collections. Fellows become immersed in the life of the Museum through behind-the-scenes tours, weekly gatherings with members of the Museum staff, and tours of the collections and exhibitions. Each spring, we offer a series of fellows’ colloquia, providing an opportunity for the scholars to present short papers on their work in progress to university colleagues, Museum staff, and the academic community.
  • August 16
    The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. Generally, one Fellowship per state is awarded each year.
  • January 30
    “When the ‘Yellow Peril’ Became Just Like Us,” on exhibit at the Aubrey R. Watzek Library, explores the complexities of the United States’ perception of China through images, artifacts, and documents from 1800 through the 1950s. Curated by Susan Glosser, Associate Professor of History and Program Director of Asian Studies, the special collection runs through February.
  • October 14
    The Washington Posttells the story of how a student’s curiosity, and some librarian detective work, uncovered the unique and peculiar history of a 400-year old Geneva Bible. The tome is part of Watzek Library’s Special Collections and Archives.
  • Professor of History and Director of Ethnic Studies, Elliott Young
    October 4
    The 2016 Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award Committee awarded an honorable mention to Alien Nation:Chinese Migration in the Americas from the Coolie Era through World War II (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), by Professor of History and Director of Ethnic Studies, Elliott Young.
  • Professor Reiko Hillyer
    October 4
    Professor Hillyer wins the Fletcher M. Green and Charles W. Ramsdell Award
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