News from the College of Arts & Sciences

A Gift to Put the Liberal Arts Into Action

The Randall Trust awards $1.5 million gift to L&C’s Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership.

Memorable Stories of 2022

Take a look back at some of the undergraduate college’s biggest stories of the year.

A Timely Idea for a Watch Company

Aldebaron Levin BA ’23, with support from the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership, has launched an analog watch company. The company’s first watch design is inspired by the koi pond at Lewis & Clark.

Dance X Showcases Student Artistry

Lewis & Clark’s annual Dance Extravaganza, also known as Dance X, highlights the original works of student choreographers and performers. This year’s event will take place on December 2 and 3, with performances at 7:30 and 10 p.m. on the Main Stage in Fir Acres Theatre.

L&C Science Researchers Garner Top Regional Awards

At a five-state conference in November, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust recognized the outstanding work of science researchers Margaret Metz, associate professor of biology, and Jack Waite BA ’23 and Sofia Reeves BA ’23.

Biology Alum Releases “Tiger 24” Into the Wild

Warren Pereira BA ’99 spent more than a decade making Tiger 24, a film that focuses on tiger conservation through the highly publicized removal of a tiger dubbed T-24 from his natural habitat in India.

Digital Exhibit Focuses on Katherine Dunn’s New Posthumous Novel, “Toad”

Watzek Library staff worked with editor Naomi Huffman to create a digital exhibition of Katherine Dunn’s new posthumous novel “Toad,” which examines how the process of editing impacts an author’s vision.

19th Annual Ray Warren Symposium Explores the Art of Storytelling

The Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies, held November 9–11, will examine the role of storytelling as a means of preserving history and passing down cultural traditions.

Indigenous Peoples’ Heritage Month Stories

November is Indigenous Peoples’ Heritage Month, so we asked five L&C community members to share their stories and what this month means to them.

Taking the Pain Out of Medical School Applications

Lewis & Clark’s Intent to Apply Program helps students and alumni submit competitive applications for medical school.

Professor’s Orchestral Suite Celebrates Indigenous Culture in Bolivia

Freddy Vilches, associate professor of Hispanic studies, composed a Latin American suite to help commemorate the 160th anniversary of Urubichá, Bolivia. In August, he traveled to the Bolivian town for a live performance, along with L&C orchestra director and Urubichá guest conductor Lance Inouye.

Rock Musical ‘RENT’ Opens on L&C Main Stage

RENT, a collaboration between the music and theatre departments, opens on October 28. Lewis & Clark’s production of the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning musical seeks to ground the story in the gritty history of the AIDS epidemic, honor the narratives of queer individuals, and grow the audience for live theatre.

25th Annual ENVX Symposium Explores Nuanced Ways of Viewing Our Planet’s Future

This year’s symposium, titled Deconstructing the Apocalypse, will be held on October 16–20. The symposium will feature talks by environmental leaders, a movie screening, a meditation, an art workshop, a data workshop, and a career fair and networking opportunity. All events are free and open to the public.

Shaking Up Disaster Preparedness With Video Games

Cascadia 9.0 was developed as part of an ongoing research project to determine what motivates young adults to prepare for earthquakes and other natural disasters. Using video games as research and outreach tools, L&C researchers take an interdisciplinary approach to disaster preparedness.

Working Together to Create a Better Science Curriculum

L&C students interested in STEM teaching careers will soon have a new opportunity to collaborate with undergraduate and graduate school faculty as well as Portland-area science teachers. Together, they will create conservation-centered data science teaching methods and materials to benefit 6th through 12th graders. The project is funded by a $105,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.