“Policing Justice,” an art show at PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Feb 23 to May 19, 15 N.E. Hancock St.), asks us to think about who the police are protecting and from whom. It might seem like an unusual question for an art exhibition to pose. But, as Lewis & Clark Professor Elliot Young demonstrates, it’s one worth asking in Portland, where for over 170 years, the police have disproportionately targeted people deemed undesirable by those in power, because of race (Indigenous and Black people), class (the poor, the unhoused, and labor activists), or people with mental illness.
Research shows that Americans work 25% more hours than their counterparts in Europe. Lewis & Clark Professor Keith Cunningham-Parmeter explains why Americans work so much more, and what toll this takes on individuals, and on workplace productivity overall.
Amy Baggio, who earned her law degree from Lewis & Clark in 2001, is Oregon’s newest federal judge. In the words of Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, “Judge Baggio and her extensive experience as both a jurist and a litigator will be an asset on the U.S. District Court in Oregon. The bipartisan support her nomination received in the U.S. Senate mirrors the strong support she received from our bipartisan selection committee of Oregon attorneys. We were proud to support Judge Baggio’s confirmation and we look forward to seeing this extremely qualified judge on the federal bench.”
It’s hard to rehearse preparedness for a major earthquake–even in places where geologists predict such quakes are likely to occur. So Liz Safran, a geologist and professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, created a video game to help Pacific Northwesterners practice. In Cascadia 9.0, players learn survival skills. As Safran notes, we shouldn’t think of preparing for a major disaster as an earthquake problem, but as a people problem. She believes we are lacking the necessary “earthquake culture” that will help us minimize the impact of a large quake. “It should be in the things we read, the movies we watch, the games we play. Not just in the parts of our lives we want to avoid, but in the parts we want to enjoy.”
Mental health practitioners trained in ecotherapy help clients connect with the Earth, and with themselves. Understanding people’s emotional connections with the natural world can be integral to meeting therapeutic, educational, or sustainability goals. Training in ecotherapy at Lewis & Clark provides an opportunity for mental health practitioners and graduate students with an evidence-based, experiential, and socially progressive ecopsychology curriculum.
Oregon’s Supreme Court ruled on ambiguous language in a measure passed by voters that bars some state legislators from seeking re-election. The ruling has implications for all voter-approved ballot measures. Lewis & Clark Professor Tung Yin explains that the court’s decision adds more legal weight to Oregon ballot titles and to the language that appears in the Oregon voters’ pamphlet. “The idea that you might look outside the actual language [of the ballot measure] is not controversial, some justices support that,” Yin said. “It’s probably a pretty good argument to say the voters weren’t tricked” if they rely on the explanation of a ballot measure rather than the technical language in the measure itself.
When a mobile home park in Grants Pass, Oregon, was put up for sale, more than a hundred households were put at risk of eviction, because a new owner could convert the property to another use. But with legal expertise from Lewis & Clark’s Small Business Legal Clinic, the residents form the Family Redwood Park Cooperative and secured financing to buy the property themselves. Family Redwood Park is the first resident-owned community in Josephine County, providing a model for other rural communities.
Through collaborative efforts, Tiffany Mills, Lewis & Clark’s new dance professor, crafts multidisciplinary work that transcend the boundaries of traditional art forms. Mills delves into the intricacies of human vulnerability, using themes of communication, connection, and transformation. In this interview, she reveals the path that took her from Oregon to New York City and back, and her plans for the dance department at Lewis & Clark.