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Critical Dialogue

January 11, 2017

James Forman Jr. talking at the Chamberlin Social Justice Lecture on January 25. (Photo by Ted Ja...James Forman Jr. talking at the Chamberlin Social Justice Lecture on January 25. (Photo by Ted Jack ’15)

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, and symposia that highlight 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 17–March 5

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The winter show at the Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art features Portland artist Tad Savinar. The collection focuses on two bodies of his work: prints, paintings, and sculpture created between 1994 and 2011; and works conceived in Florence, Italy, in 2014.

January 20

Inauguration Day Teach-In

Co-sponsored by Ethnic Studies, IME, and Student Activities, the teach-in features panels with faculty members, visiting professors, and local organizers.

January 21–27

MLK Jr. Week of Service, Learning, and Action

We offer featured programs, events, and opportunities for service. This year’s theme is “Building Bridges for Transformation.”

January 25

Fighting for Racial Justice During the Trump Presidency: MLK Jr. Week Keynote Lecture by James Forman Jr.

James Forman Jr., professor of law at Yale Law School and former clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, is a noted authority on the U.S. criminal justice system. Inspired by King and other civil rights activists, he proposes strategies for ending inequities in our schools and prisons.

February 15

TCK Symposium: How to Say Hellos and Goodbyes

Comedian and author Christopher O’Shaughnessy explores the dynamics of transition in a talk about empathy, culture shock, and relationships. 

February 20-22

Middle Eastern Studies Symposium 

The third annual Middle Eastern Symposium explores issues relating to culture and identity in the Middle East.

March 4

52nd Annual International Fair

Learn about the cultures and nationalities represented at Lewis & Clark while enjoying mouth-watering dishes and fun-filled performances from around the world.

March 8–10

36th Annual Gender Studies Symposium: Point of Access

The 2017 Gender Studies Symposium examines concepts of accessibility and the dynamics of resource distribution in relation to gender and sexuality.

April 5

Fiction Reading by Michael Ondaatje

Although Michael Ondaatje is best known as a novelist, his work also encompasses poetry, memoir, and film, revealing a passion for defying conventional form. He is the author of The English Patient and four collections of poetry.

April 10–12

55th 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.

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