News from the College of Arts & Sciences

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Speak at 148th CAS Commencement Ceremony

Lewis & Clark College is proud to announce this year’s speaker at the virtual 148th commencement ceremony of the College of Arts and Sciences will be the Honorable Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. The Ambassador was nominated by President Joe Biden and confirmed by the United States Senate on February 23, 2021.

Lewis & Clark Alumna Launches Advice Column at The Oregonian

Lizzy Acker BA ’05 is the pen behind The Oregonian’s new column doling out sharp, honest advice on the big and small problems in life. Acker is a trending news reporter at the paper, covering a range of issues relevant to the Oregon community.

New Data Science Minor Builds from Interdisciplinary Foundation

Through strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, data science engages individuals in computing, statistics, interpretation, and communication. The new minor will reflect the strength of a liberal arts curriculum above all else, thanks to the diligence and passion of faculty members across the college.

Lewis & Clark Welcomes First Class of Posse Scholars

In 2010, President Barack Obama donated a portion of his $1.4 million Nobel Prize award to the Posse Foundation, one of 10 organizations he chose to recognize. Lewis & Clark is partnering with the Posse Foundation to provide mentoring and full-tuition scholarships to exceptional students from diverse backgrounds. The inaugural cohort—10 students from the Washington, D.C., area—will arrive on campus this fall.

Computer Science’s New Concentration: Cybersecurity

Starting in the fall of 2021, Lewis & Clark’s Department of Mathematical Sciences will begin offering a new concentration within the computer science program: cybersecurity. The new concentration in cybersecurity provides students an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together technology, people, information, and processes through the creation, operation, analysis, and testing of secure computer systems.

Savage and Lokey Awards Celebrate Outstanding Faculty

Both the David Savage Award and the Lorry Lokey Awards prioritize and celebrate inspirational leadership, rigorous scholarship, and creative accomplishments in the classroom and in the broader academic community. This year’s awards recognize four Lewis & Clark faculty members from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities for their excellence.

International Affairs Major and ASLC President Earns Rangel Fellowship

ASLC President Mikah Bertelmann BA ’21 is the first Lewis & Clark student to be 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.

Winterim Bridges the Liberal Arts and Entrepreneurship

From January 11 through January 15, 21 Lewis & Clark students immersed themselves in the study of entrepreneurship and leadership through Winterim, a fast-paced and supportive experience where students collaborate in small groups to research, create, develop, and pitch a venture. After four days of virtually learning, brainstorming, prototyping, debating, networking, and rehearsing, students presented their start-up ideas at Winterim’s annual pitch competition.

Cabaret in the Time of Coronavirus

From November 4–7, the Lewis & Clark Theatre Department, along with the Music Department presented the musical Cabaret. Taking place in socially lively 1930s Berlin, this musical is a sharp political commentary told through provocative characters and musical numbers. Battling circumstance and technology, the performance could be seen both in-person and virtually while following health and safety guidelines.

59th Annual International Affairs Symposium Searches for Clarity in Controversy

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.

40th Annual Gender Studies Symposium explores Lack and Absence

For 40 years, the Lewis & Clark College Gender Studies Symposium has fostered timely and thoughtful academic discourse on gender and sexuality. From March 10–12, this year’s theme of “Lack and Absence” used what is missing, overlooked, excluded, or invisible to find what it might mean to uncover, include, illuminate, amplify, or recuperate what has been absent or lacking.

International Affairs Major becomes West Linn’s Youngest City Councilor

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.

Mathematics and Chemistry Double Major Named Rhodes Finalist

Jordan Gonzalez BA ’21 advanced to the final round of interviews for the Rhodes Scholarship, widely regarded as the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. The scholarship allows exceptional, leadership-driven students from around the world to pursue higher degrees at the University of Oxford. Gonzalez is the fourth Lewis & Clark student to be named a Rhodes finalist in the last five years.

Annual Ray Warren Symposium Addresses Race and Movement

This year’s Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies, which will run from November 11 to 13, focuses on the concept of movement and the systems of power that determine our mobility. For the first time, the symposium will be held entirely online, free and open to all, including those living outside of Portland.

Oregon’s small colleges, universities managing COVID-19 successfully - so far

Lewis & Clark President Wim Wiewel led a group of Oregon private college and university presidents in a column that appeared in The Oregonian on Sunday, Oct. 25. The topic: how schools like Lewis & Clark have managed a return to in-person learning during the time of COVID-19.