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Critical Dialogue

December 08, 2014

Lewis & Clark promotes important conversations. Our students represent the next generation of global thinkers and leaders, and we value critical discussion of issues that inform our time. Every semester, we host a series of conferences, lectures, art openings, 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 shapes the future.

January 19-23

MLK Jr. Week of Service, Action, and Learning
This year’s events include the MLK Day of Service, social justice campus tours, a screening of the civil rights documentary Anne Braden: Southern Patriot, and a forum and teach-in on Michael Brown, Ferguson, and #blacklivesmatter led by Lewis & Clark’s chapter of Amnesty International.

January 22-March 15

Reinventing Documentary: The Art of Allan Sekula
The Hoffman Gallery presents a survey of Allan Sekula’s prolific and important career. Beginning with his 1972 Self Portrait as Sculptor/Painter/Photographer—which marked Sekula’s early shift to documentation as his central focus—the exhibition spans Sekula’s long career as an artist, writer, and activist.

January 29

Poetry Reading by Victor Rodríguez Nuñez
Victor Rodríguez Nuñez is a professor at Kenyon College as well as a celebrated writer of both Spanish and English poetry. Along with his many academic endeavors, he has been active as a cultural journalist in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Colombia, and has served as an editor of both cultural magazines and specialized journals.


Black History Month
Lewis & Clark celebrates Black History Month with a series of events, including a talk with Sister Helen Prejean, an instrumental advocate in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions, and a comedy night with local comedians Wit Privilege.

February 26-28

Ralph Ellison Symposium
Lewis & Clark professor John F. Callahan, literary executor for the internationally renowned writer and author of the 1953 National Book Award-winning novel Invisible Man, plays a key role in this celebration of Ralph Ellison. The event will bring together nationally recognized scholars of literature, history, and the arts to explore Ellison’s legacy.

March 7

International Fair—Stories of a Half-Century: A Golden Affair
The 50th annual International Fair introduces the Lewis & Clark community to the many cultures and nationalities that are represented at the college.

March 11-13

Gender Studies Symposium
The 34th annual Gender Studies Symposium explores the many ways in which gender and sexuality shape the foundational processes of production and consumption—and vice versa.

April 6-8

53th Annual International Affairs Symposium
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. 

April 17

Festival of Scholars
This showcase of student research, performance, and art from across the curriculum celebrates and promotes the academic, intellectual, scientific, scholarly, and artistic values at the heart of Lewis & Clark.


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