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  • Professor Ruth Shagoury helps students of all ages—from preschool to graduate school—unlock the joys of reading and writing.
  • by Shelly Meyer and Claire Sykes 
    Lewis & Clark plays a leadership role in the emerging field of digital scholarship.
  • Tung Yin, professor of law, unravels the complex legal issues surrounding domestic and international terrorism.

President's Letter

  • When the highest-rated science series on television features two of our professors in a three-week period, millions take notice. I hope you took the opportunity this spring to watch Kellar Autumn and Greta Binford on separate episodes of NOVA.


  • In the attic of historic Arlington House, located in Virginia’s Arlington National Cemetery, Chrissy Curran B.A. 87 looked up in awe as her tour guide pointed out the name and date carved in a ceiling beam. A carpenter who’d helped build the house in the late 1700s had signed his work.
  • As the high school drawing students take out their sketch pads, teacher Janice Packard M.A.T.  94 pulls out the art journal she compiled in college. The book is flagged with Post-it notes, marking examples of how her journal entries—her personal thoughts, observations, and sketches—grew into ideas that became pieces of art.
  • After graduating, Chris Killmer BA ’07 joined the nonprofit Catholic Charities of Oregon. The staff includes attorney Samantha Dashiel JD ’09, who helps clients with immigration issues, and bilingual case manager Meagan Kent BA ’03, who handles day-to-day client case management. They not only serve people in need, but also support each other in work they say is frequently “daunting and overwhelming.”

Faculty Books

  • Skipworth The Simpering, North Dakota Literary Society

    George Skipworth, assistant professor of music, offers a work of historical fiction and humor—set against the backdrop of the suffrage movement in 1919—in which card shark and ex-nun Farika Zingarella wins the greatest poker game in history. The prize? The town of Simpering, North Dakota. Gathering five female geniuses to her side, she establishes a prairie empire.

    Rosslare Press, 2010. 242 pages.

  • Berkman Monument Eternal: The Music of Alice Coltrane

    Franya Berkman, assistant professor of music, offers a biography of Alice Coltrane, an African American avant-garde composer, improviser, guru, and widow of jazz musician John Coltrane.

    Wesleyan University Press, 2010. 160 pages.

  • Smith Socratic Moral Psychology

    Nicholas Smith, Miller Professor of Humanities, coauthors a text that argues against the orthodox view of Socratic intellectualism and offers in its place a comprehensive alternative account that explains why Socrates believed that emotions, desires, and appetites can influence human motivation and lead to error.

    Cambridge University Press, 2010. 284 pages.

Alumni Books

  • Carlson Performing Bodies in Pain: Medieval and Post-Modern Martyrs, Mystics, and Artists

    Marla Carlson B.A. ’75 examines the universal phenomenon of pain, its performance on the stage, and its effect upon audiences in both medieval and modern contexts.

    Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 240 pages.

  • Marks Spying in America in the Post 9/11 World: Domestic Threat and the Need for Change

    Ronald Marks B.S. ’78 presents a thorough investigation of intelligence collection in the United States, including its complex relationship to civil liberties. Drawing upon his many years of experience in the intelligence community, he offers a menu of next steps to advance U.S. domestic intelligence.

    Praeger, 2010. 153 pages.

  • Talney A Secret Weeping of Stones

    Ron Talney J.D. ’66 explores the complex emotional terrain of shadow, sorrow, and truth through this thoughtprovoking collection of poems, which was nominated for both an Oregon Book Award and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.

    Plain View Press, 2010. 120 pages.

  • Wesselhoeft Adios, Nirvana

    Conrad Wesselhoeft B.A. ’76 authors a novel set on the streets of Seattle about a teenager adrift after the death of his brother. His life changes when he’s ordered by his school principal to write the life story of David, a World War II veteran and hospice resident. For ages 14 and up.

    Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010. 240 pages.

  • The Mindfulness Code: Keys for Overcoming Stress, Anxiety, Fear, and Unhappiness

    Donald Altman M.A. ’04, a psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk, describes how mindfulness and meditation can help transform mind, body, spirit, and relationships.

    New World Library, 2010. 288 pages.

  • Gillespie Doing Literary Criticism: Helping Students Engage With Challenging Texts

    Tim Gillespie M.A.T. ’74, M.A. ’04, who has taught in public schools for nearly four decades, provides a guide to help teachers engage students in more complex texts. He presents a rigorous curriculum featuring 11 critical approaches, each with an overview, teaching suggestions, and practical activities. (The book includes a supplementary CD.)

    Stenhouse Publishers, 2010. 306 pages.

In Memoriam


  • As Lewis & Clark students wind up their final exams for the academic year, we decided to test readers on their command of campus trivia. Sharpen your No. 2 pencil and find out how much you really know about Lewis & Clark.

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