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Exploration and Discovery

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Exploration and Discovery—better known as E&D— the course where you can immerse yourself in an array of the great texts (like Plato, Douglass, Marx, and Woolf); improve your writing, reading, and speaking skills; and discover what the liberal arts are really all about.  

This innovative, two-semester program will introduce you to important ideas and works in the tradition of the liberal arts, and help you develop the college-level skills necessary to succeed at Lewis & Clark—and beyond. We’re proud to offer such a unique opportunity to our first-year students.

In the fall, you’ll work closely with your small section and instructor to read, discuss, and write papers on provocative works of philosophy, literature, religion, and science. Scheduled E&D lectures and films take place in the late afternoon or evening, and offer additional food for thought.

During spring you’ll apply your freshly-honed skills to a rigorous seminar course—topics vary depending upon each instructor’s interest and expertise, and have ranged from war, the environment, and human rights, to vampires, the Big Bang theory, and the concept of scandal.

E&D is a reading, writing, and talking-intensive course that allows you to explore new ideas and discover your academic potential. Small sections and committed faculty result in solid feedback and individual attention and a unifying curriculum of ideas, concepts, and approaches results in a community of thinkers with common ground and informed, diverse opinions.

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September 26th, 2016

  • Image preview 7:00pm - 9:00pm: E&D Film Screening & Discussion - Born in Flames
    Miller 105
    Is “the revolution” really so revolutionary if it ignores the concerns of poor women, queer people, and people of color? And what happens when the forgotten fight back? In grainy cinéma-vérité style, Lizzie Borden’s 1983 feminist sci-fi dystopian film Born in Flames asked these questions, at a moment when president Ronald Reagan promised “morning in America” while ushering in a culture war against society’s most marginalized. Featuring a DIY punk-rock soundtrack and aesthetic that influenced later waves of feminist musician-activists like Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna, this “unruly, unclassifiable film,” as Village Voice writer Melissa Anderson has put it, “proves as bracing today as it was back when this country began its inexorable shift to the right.”

    Exploration & Discovery Professor Dr. Sara Appel will facilitate the conversation and provide opening remarks.

September 28th, 2016

  • Image preview 3:30pm - 5:00pm: E&D Fall Colloquium - Marx & Engels
    The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
    in Miller 105



    The lectures will feature speakers from different traditions and disciplines discussing with one another the great works read in the fall E&D sections in an open format.  Discussion will feature thoughts, ideas and concepts that will broaden students understanding of Marx and Engels’ The Communist Manifesto.



    Guest panelists followed by Q&A:


    • Dr. Mo Healy, History & Director of Exploration & Discovery
    • Dr. Chris Roberts, Religious Studies
    • Dr. Robert Goldman, Sociology


    This event is free and open to the Lewis & Clark Community.

October 11th, 2016

  • Image preview 10:20am - 11:20am: Dr. Dawn Norfleet - Lecture
    The Department of Music and Exploration and Discovery invite the Lewis & Clark community to join us as Dr. Norfleet gives a lecture and presentation on Black music and social justice from a historical and cultural perspective.

October 19th, 2016

  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm: E&D Fall Colloquium - Woolf
    A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf



    The lectures will feature speakers from different traditions and disciplines discussing with one another the great works read in the fall E&D sections in an open format.  Discussion will feature thoughts, ideas and concepts that will broaden students understanding of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.
    Guest panelists followed by Q&A:


    • Dr. Rishona Zimring, English
    • Dr. Michael Mirabile, Comparative Literature
    • TBD


    This event is free and open to the Lewis & Clark Community.

October 26th, 2016

  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm: E&D Fall Colloquium - Galileo
    “The Starry Messenger” by Galileo


    The lectures will feature speakers from different traditions and disciplines discussing with one another the great works read in the fall E&D sections in an open format.  Discussion will feature thoughts, ideas and concepts that will broaden students understanding of Galileo’s “The Starry Messenger”.

    Guest panelists:
    TBA


    This event is free and open to the Lewis & Clark Community.

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