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Bicentennial Program Symposium : Unveiling the World in 1800

Date: September 25, 2003 PDT Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Albany Quandrangle, Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Templeton Student Center

Two centuries ago, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery to explore the recently acquired Louisiana Territory and, beyond it, the lands extending to the Pacific Ocean. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the 28-month, 7,680-mile expedition through the largely uncharted continent, collecting information on the peoples, flora, fauna, geography, and history of the territory that would later become a significant part of the nation.

During the bicentennial commemoration of the expedition, 2003 to 2006, Lewis & Clark College will present a series of public programs to examine the expedition in the context of ideas, Jefferson’s vision for the American Republic, and the legacies of the Corps of Discovery.

Unveiling the World in 1800 surveys the stage upon which Jefferson’s presidency began and the world from which Lewis and Clark ventured into the uncharted American West. Beginning with a keynote presentation by author Dava Sobel, Friday, September 26, 9:30 a.m., Chapel, the two-day symposium featuring special guest lecturers and College faculty will describe the world on the eve of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

In addition to Sobel, featured speakers include Roberta Conner, tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Director of Tamástslikt Cultural Institute; Pulitzer prize winning historian William H. Goetzmann, University of Texas Austin; noted author of the American Frontier, Elliott West, University of Arkansas; David Peck, M.D., Enlightment medicine; Christopher Zinn, Executive Director, Oregon Council for the Humanities; Clay Jenkinson, Humanities Scholar in Residence at Lewis & Clark College; U.S. Senator Gordon Smith; visiting professors William Ray, Reed College and Seth Cotlar, Willamette University: and Lewis & Clark College professors Elenora Beck, Stephen Dow Beckham, Curtis Johnson, Stephen Lambo, and Stephen Tufte. Musical entertainment provided by noted fiddler Daniel Slosberg and concert violinist Aaron Meyer ‘ 95.

Lewis & Clark students admitted free to most events. $25 registration fee for general public. Consult www.thejourneycontinues.org> for additional information and registration.

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