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Date: September 29, 2005

Join Lewis & Clark College as we mark the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

“Rivers must have been the guides which conducted the footsteps of travelers. They are the constant lure, when they flow by our doors, to distant enterprise and adventure, and, by a natural impulse, the dwellers on their banks will at length accompany their currents to the lowlands of the globe, or explore at their invitation the interior of continents.”

-Henry David Thoreau
A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, 1848.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition was the first, significant penetration into the sprawling interior of the Pacific Northwest by the United States. Native Americans occupied and held the land, but France, Spain, Russia, Great Britain and the United States competed for its resources and sovereign tenure.

Lewis and Clark College’s third symposium exploring new perspectives on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Rivers, will examine the contested landscape where nation-states vied for control. We will take an in-depth look at the role of rivers in the Lewis and Clark journey and in the development of the early republic. We will explore the relationship of rivers to people, and look at rivers as commercial arteries, as geopolitical bones of contention, and rivers as metaphors.

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 30
8-9 a.m.
Albany Quadrangle

9-9:45 a.m.
Rivers as Metaphors
William Kittredge
Agnes Flanagan Chapel

10-10:45 a.m.
Conduits of Change: Rivers in the Age of Jefferson
Clay Jenkinson, Humanities scholar in residence, Lewis & Clark College
Agnes Flanagan Chapel

11-11:45 a.m.
Jefferson vs. Hamilton: Contrasting Governmental Agendas Toward Rivers
Stephen Dow Beckham, Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Professor of History,
Lewis & Clark College
Agnes Flanagan Chapel

11:45-1:00 p.m.
Stamm Dining Room

1-2:00 p.m.
Sketches of American Rivers
Nathaniel Tripp author, Confluence: A River, the Environment, Politics, and the Fate of All Humanity
Robert Kelley Schneiders, author, Big Sky Rivers: The Yellowstone and Upper Missouri
Nancy Jacques, writer, environmental consultant, advocate for Glen Canyon
William Lang-Professor, (Professor of History, Portland State University, author, Great River of the West)
Moderated by Clay Jenkinson
Smith Hall, Albany Quadrangle

2:15-3:00 p.m.
Lewis and Clark’s Columbia River Quest
David Nicandri, director, Washington State Historical Society
Smith Hall, Albany Quadrangle

3:15-4:00 p.m.
Imagining Rivers
Slides and Exhibition Tour
Robert Glenn Ketchum, photographer, river advocate
Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art

4:15-5:00 p.m.
Reflecting on the West
Timothy Egan, journalist, author, The Good Rain, Lasso the West
Smith Hall, Albany Quadrangle

Saturday, October 1
All sessions take place in Albany Quadrangle

9-9:45 a.m.
Water and the Flow of Empire in America
Donald Worster, Professor of American History, Kansas University, noted author of, River of Empire

Rivers that Serve: Perspectives on the uses of rivers
Jim Adams, BPA head of water quality/power/regional expert
Kathryn Brigham, Tribal Council, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Elizabeth Safran, Professor of Geology, Lewis & Clark College
Charles Ault, Professor of Education, Lewis & Clark College Graduate School of Education
Moderated by Robert Kelley Schneiders

Water Law 101
Janet Neuman
Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark College

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Stamm Dining Room

1:30-2:15 p.m.
Lewis and Clark’s Watery Route
Clay Jenkinson, Humanities Scholar in Residence, Lewis & Clark College

2:30-3:15 p.m.
Jefferson’s Other Western Explorations
Doug Erickson, Jeremy Skinner, Paul Merchant, authors, Lewis & Clark College

3:30-4:15 p.m.
Strong Currents: The Forces of Rivers in Literature
Rishona Zimring, Associate Professor of English, Lewis & Clark College
Rachel Cole, Instructor of English, Lewis & Clark College

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Songs of a River Lover
Katie Lee, singer, songwriter, storyteller, author, All My Rivers Are Gone

Symposium Fees
$50. before September 19, $60 after.

All sessions, lunch on Friday and Saturday, and the closing reception are included in this cost. To register for a single day (Friday or Saturday), including lunch, the cost is $35 before September 19, $45 after. Requests for refunds, minus a $15 processing fee, must be received in writing or by
e-mail before September 19. There will be no refund after this date, but registration may be transferred to another person without penalty.

The September 29 event with William Kittredge at the Native American Student and Community Center is ticketed separately. A limited number of tickets are available through the Provost’s office at Lewis & Clark College (503-768-7200) or This event costs $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors.

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