The Chamberlin Lectureship is coordinated by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and was established at Lewis & Clark College in 1979 by the Rev. Mark and Dr. Corinne Chamberlin. Rev. Chamberlin was a minister in the United Methodist Church and Dr. Chamberlin practiced medicine in the Gresham area of Portland for over thirty years. Their hope was to bring nationally acclaimed speakers to our campus who exemplify through their scholarship or professional work a deep commitment to social justice as rooted in the Abrahamic faith traditions. Previous Chamberlin Lecturers include, among others, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Rev. Andrew Young, and Rabbi Michael Lerner (see photos below).
Our most recent Chamberlin Lecture was given by Ms. Charlayne Hunter-Gault on January 29, 2104 as the culminating event of our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week at Lewis & Clark. As a 19-year-old, Ms. Hunter-Gault challenged segregation- and the violent bigotry attached to segregation- to become the first black woman to attend an all-white Southern college, when she enrolled with fellow black student Hamilton Jones in the University of Georgia. She recounted for us some of her remarkable experiences during those tumultuous times, referring to her most recent book, To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement, on a number of occasions. Ms. Hunter-Gault also shared many insights about the achievements and remaining challenges of the civil rights movement, and spoke eloquently about being a journalist-activist throughout her journalistic career.
For more information about the Chamberlin Lectureship, please contact Mark Duntley, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life.