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The Chronicle Magazine

winter 2012

In This Issue

  • by Chuck Charnquist B.S. ’58 |  Photos by Will Crew and Brian Foulkes
    The Pioneer football team enjoys its best season in 35 years.
  • by Oliver Baker | Photos by Robert Reynolds
    Are forests really about the trees? Peter Kennedy digs for answers. 
  • by Genevieve J. Long | Photos by Robert Reynolds
    Tuajuanda Jordan, a biochemist and science education advocate, is Lewis & Clark’s new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 
  • Standing on the deck of the S.S. President Cleveland, about to sail for Japan, Steve Crow was “scared spitless.” But he was also raring to go, this first-year student from eastern Oregon farm country. Looking across San Francisco Bay, he thought, “If I can succeed in this, nothing can get in my way.”More >

On Palatine Hill

  • A miscellany of the new, the intriguing, and the obscure.More >
  • This city is becoming one of Earth’s most important environments, yet it has commanded limited attention in traditional environmental discourse. Last fall’s 14th annual Environmental Affairs Symposium, titled Citisphere, sought to change that by exploring the diverse character, mechanisms, and roles of cities in biophysical and social systems at all scales.More >
  • What is multiculturalism? What is the place of this idea in U.S. education? And what did German Chancellor Angela Merkel mean when she said multiculturalism is dead?More >
  • Get the scoop on this year’s Freshman class.More >
  • Last year, for the first time ever, two Lewis & Clark student groups earned competitive grants from 100 Projects for Peace, an initiative funded by philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis. Now in its fifth year, the program encourages undergraduates to design grassroots projects to be undertaken around the world with the help of $10,000 grants. Lewis & Clark students have earned the coveted grants each year since the program’s inception.More >
  • Students and spiders: together this unlikely duo fuels Greta Binford’s passion for teaching. Her gifts as an educator have not gone unnoticed. She was recently named the 2011 Oregon Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.More >
  • Cloth banners and tagboard signs tout slogans like “Inequality hurts us all!” and “This is what democracy looks like.” Haggard citizens huddle in a square singing Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” If this seems more like a description of an Occupy rally than like the opening image of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, then you must have missed the theatre department’s Main Stage production this fall.More >
  • What’s happening on Lewis & Clark’s campus this spring.More >
  • Teresa McDowell, professor and chair of the graduate school’s counseling psychology department, has received the prestigious Anselm Strauss Award from the National Council on Family Relations. The award recognizes outstanding qualitative research in the area of family theory.More >
  • From dogfighting and hoarding to pet custody battles, animal law issues are making headlines around the country. Now Lewis & Clark is creating the world’s first advanced degree in animal law, extending its leadership in this emerging field.More >
  • Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees recently welcomed two new members.More >
  • While others may have spent their summer playing video games, Julian Dale CAS ’12 and Nic Wilson cas ’CAS spent their time designing one at Microsoft.More >
  • Last fall, Lewis & Clark received high marks in a variety of national rankings that honor everything from service-oriented students to sustainability to exceptional faculty.More >
  • In 2011, Lewis & Clark announced new holders of endowed professorships, which honor distinguished individuals and advance innovative teaching and research.More >


Faculty Books

  • For Us, What Music? The Life and Poetry of Donald Justice

    Jerry Harp, assistant professor of English, examines the poetry and literary influences of the late Donald Justice, his former teacher and one of the 20th century’s “most quietly influential poets,” according to the Poetry Foundation.

    University of Iowa Press, 2010. 198 pages.

  • Icons of Mathematics: An Exploration of Twenty Key Images

    Roger Nelsen, professor emeritus of mathematics, coauthors a book about 20 icons of mathematics— geometrical shapes such as the right triangle, the Venn diagram, and the yang and yin symbol—and explores the mathematical results associated with each.

    Mathematical Association of America, 2011. 327 pages.

  • Jewish Studies at the Crossroads of Anthropology and History: Authority, Diaspora, Tradition

    Oren Kosansky, associate professor of sociology/anthropology, coedits this volume that brings together scholars in anthropology, history, religious studies, comparative literature, and other fields to chart new directions in Jewish studies across the disciplines.

    University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. 448 pages.

  • Public Memory, Race, and Ethnicity

    Mitch Reyes, associate professor of rhetoric and media studies, edits this text that takes into consideration the influence of race and ethnicity on our collective practices of remembrance. How do the ways we remember the past influence racial and ethnic identities? How do racial and ethnic identities shape our practices of remembrance?

    Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. 225 pages.

    Alumni Books

    • Adios, Mofo: Why Rick Perry Will Make America Miss George W. Bush.

      Jason Stanford B.A. ’92 coauthors a book described as “the first full reckoning with Rick Perry’s record.” He retraces the rise of an obscure cotton grower from the plains of west Texas to a presidential candidate of the Republican Party.

      Amazon Digital Services, Kindle Edition, 2011.

    Alumni News

    • Homecoming and Parents Weekend 2011
    • Each year, Lewis & Clark honors alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences for their outstanding accomplishments and community service. We’re proud to announce the 2012 honorees, who will receive their awards at the Alumni Honors Banquet on February 25.


    • Mary Clare drove cross-country over the first 100 days of the Obama administration to capture and share conversations about change.
    • As Alexis Fox J.D. ‘09 settles into the rhythm of her regular 4-mile run, she can’t help replaying the disturbing video footage in her head. At a Canadian slaughterhouse, a horse is still conscious after being hit by a stun gun. Writhing in pain in the kill box, the mare is then hoisted up by one leg to be butchered and dismembered.
    • The spaceship’s rocket ignites at 50,000 feet above the earth. In a matter of seconds, the craft accelerates to 2,500 mph—over three times the speed of sound— pinning passengers to their seats. Cobalt blue skies fade to black outside large viewing windows. The rocket engine shuts off, its roar replaced by instant quiet.
    • When he was a novice monk, Donald Altman remembers sitting cross-legged on a low futon, swathed in saffron-colored robes. As he contemplated his vows, he became distracted by a giant-sized Cadbury milk chocolate bar that was sitting on a nearby shelf.


    • When writing her poem “All Times and All Tenses Alive in This Moment,” Mary Szybist, associate professor of English, says she was “thinking about faith and doubt and how the two can be entwined and even, perhaps, simultaneous. I wanted each line to read as a declaration and as an open question.”More >

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