Past Events

October 16, 2023

Carbon Emissions Trading Simulation

Political Economy minors are invited to join Professor Elizabeth Bennett’s International Political Economy Classes and the Environmental Studies Symposium for a simulated experience of carbon emissions trading. Join us for 3 hours of CarbonSim, the Environmental Defense Fund’s artificial intelligence-enhanced, multi-lingual, multi-user, software application that teaches the principles of emissions trading and brings markets to life.

September 20, 2023

Sustainability Certifications: A Good Way to Limit Competition?

Guest Speaker: Dr Ellen Alexandra Holtmaat

How can you know whether a product that you buy is actually sustainably produced? Sure, the seller says so, but can you trust it? Sustainability certifications aim to provide reliable information for these situations. But who sets these sustainability certifications? Can we trust them? And, are we sure there aren’t any hidden agendas?

April 13, 2023

Lecture by Elizabeth Bennett

Corporate Social Responsibility and Consumer Activism: Solutions to socio-economic problems? Or distractions from sincere solutions?

Organic food! ESG (environmental-social-governance) investing! Fair trade! Certified B Corps! Social entrepreneurship! Triple bottom line! For three decades, our economy has been marked by companies “doing well while doing good” and consumers “shopping for change.” Do these initiatives fight poverty, wealth inequality, and labor exploitation? Or do they simply distract us from more effective solutions?

April 7, 2021

Council on Foreign Relations Webinar: U.S. Response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Join Political Economy Director Elizabeth Bennett for a special event!

Council on Foreign Relations Webinar: U.S. Response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

February 17, 2021

Career Panel Discussion: Political Economy Alumni

What careers do political economy minors pursue? How do the skills/knowledge from this minor contribute to making a meaningful contribution to the world? What strategies have alumni used to identify interesting jobs and receive an offer?

October 22, 2020

US Congressman Earl Blumenauer on Trade Policy

US Congressman Earl Blumenauer, representative of Oregon’s 3rd District, will join the Lewis & Clark Community to discuss the past, current, and (potential) futures for US trade. Representative Blumenauer serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Trade. This is a non-partisan event that intends to inform students about trade policy making and its consequences, from the perspective of one elected official. All perspectives are welcome.
September 22, 2020

OSPIRG Policy Fellow Virtual Info Session

Are you interested in protecting consumers and everyday citizens? How about a responsive, democratic government or social change? So is OSPIRG, a public interest nonprofit that advocates for common sense policy solutions to problems faced by every day people.
September 14, 2020

Internships & Fellowships with the U.S. Department of State

Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm will talk with students about career opportunities and the U.S. Department of State’s internship and fellowship programs, with an eye toward preparing students for internship and fellowship applications, which are due in September.
March 19, 2020

Ethics of Eating Presentation

Join guest speaker Camille Lewis and explore how food choices impact our health, the environment, and animals. Learn how new technologies in food science are changing the way we eat!

Participants will learn how individual consumption choices can create aggregate change in food systems. Audience questions and comments are encouraged.

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January 28, 2020

Why Unions Matter

• Martin Hart-Landsberg–Professor Emeritus of Economics, Lewis & Clark College, and Chair of Portland Rising (a Jobs with Justice committee)
• Scott Cheesewright–SEIU local 49 Assistant Director of Property Services and Lewis & Clark College graduate, class of 2009.

Stagnating income, declining wealth, soaring inequality, growing economic insecurity, falling life expectancy—and that is after more than a decade of economic expansion!

Come learn why unions matter if you value social justice, good jobs, and healthy communities