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Critical Dialogue

March 03, 2014

  • Warren Washington, Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, talking about climate change and environmental justice on February 13, 2014.

Lewis & Clark promotes important community conversations. Our students represent the next generation of global thinkers and leaders, unafraid to discard conventional thinking, civic complacency, and outmoded preconceptions. We value critical debate, discourse, and discussion on issues that inform our time—including race and ethnic studies, environmental justice, and the state of higher education.

Every semester, the college hosts a series of conferences, lectures, and symposia that promote the liberal arts, help spark new ideas, and encourage dialogue on campus. The following events continue a tradition of programming that both informs, and helps shape, the future.

March 5-7

33rd Annual Gender Studies Symposium


This year’s symposium explores the relationship between where we are and who we are. Our environments have profound effects on the lives we lead. How do our interactions in these spaces create, support, and/or destabilize larger institutions of power such as prisons, political systems, or nations?

March 15

William Stafford Symposium

The one-day symposium includes panels, discussion, self-guided exhibit tours, and poetry readings honoring Stafford and his legacy.

March 15

Community Forum: Confronting Climate Change

Puzzled about climate change and what you can do about it? This community forum consists of facilitated small-group discussions in response to the facts about this phenomenon.

April 7-9

52nd Annual International Affairs Symposium

Gambling With Security: New Frontiers in Global Intervention

Acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Chronicle of Higher Education, this is the oldest student-run symposium in the United States. 

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