L&C Magazine

Winter 2011

Featured Stories

President's Letter

President's Letter, Winter-2011

Listening, Learning, Leading

“So, what did you learn today?” It’s the question that everyone hears after the first day of school, and it’s how my wife, Betsy, greeted me after my first day at Lewis & Clark. I answered right away: “The students at Lewis & Clark are careful readers!”

On Palatine Hill

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    Class of 2014

    Total first-year applications: 5,281
    Applications submitted online: 98%
    Students in the class of 2014: 495
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    Wherefore Art Thou, O Modern Romeo and Juliet?

    In less then four days of real time and about three hours of stage time, two young people manage to fall in love at first sight, sleep with each other, cause murderous mayhem among their friends and relatives, run away from home, hastily marry in a questionable ceremony, consume drugs supplied by a shady religious guru, break their parents’ hearts, and ultimately do away with themselves.
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    Judaic Moroccan Papers Go Digital

    What began with simple curiosity about a small room filled with bags of papers in a synagogue in Rabat, Morocco, has become a project that will help change the way anthropologists and historians document cultures around the world.
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    Gardner Greets Portland

    On October 8, Howard Gardner, renowned education scholar and MacArthur Fellow, spoke to more than 800 educators about the future of education at Portland’s first Creating Minds Symposium, cosponsored by Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling.
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    Documenting Life

    Have you ever wanted to be a documentarian for your family, community, or workplace but felt you lacked the tools?
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    Untangling the Food Chain

    Unseasonably warm weather, live music, and a colorful Food Fair marked the beginning of Lewis & Clark’s 13th annual Environmental Affairs Symposium, held in mid-October.

Alumni News

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    Outstanding Alumni to Be Honored

    Each year, Lewis & Clark honors alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences for their outstanding accomplishments and community service. We’re proud to announce the 2011 honorees, who will receive their awards at the Alumni Honors Banquet on February 19.



  • Charming Proofs: A Journey Into Elegant Mathematics

    Roger Nelsen, professor emeritus of mathematics, co-edits this useful resource for those who teach calculus in high schools or colleges. The authors present a collection of remarkable proofs in elementary mathematics, which they find exceptionally elegant, full of ingenuity, and succinct. Mathematical Association of America, 2010. 295 pages.

  • The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors’ House

    Nick Lantz BA ’03, who won the 2010 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry for this collection, explores the transformative power of the tragic and the miraculous in these poems. He plunges headfirst into worlds that are both eccentric and familiar, alarming and hopeful.

    University of Wisconsin Press, 2010. 80 pages.

  • Place- and Community-Based Education in Schools

    Gregory Smith, professor of teacher education, coauthors a primer and guide for educators and laypeople who are interested in advocating for or incorporating local content and experiences into schools. Place and community-based education addresses two critical gaps in the experience of many children now growing up in the United States: contact with the natural world and contact with community. Routledge, 2010. 184 pages.

  • The Hero’s Place: Medieval Literary Traditions of Space and Belonging

    Molly Robinson Kelly, assistant professor of French, presents an innovative study of how the spaces described in a literary work contribute dynamically and profoundly to that work’s meaning. She focuses on three seminal works of the Middle Ages—The Life of Saint Alexis, The Song of Roland, and Tristan and Iseult.

    Catholic University of America Press, 2009. 320 pages.

  • Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies

    Robert J. Miller, professor of law, coauthors a text that explains and compares how England used the international legal principle known today as the Doctrine of Discovery to colonize North America, New Zealand, and Australia. The book provides insight into how the doctrine was—and continues to be—used to justify sovereign and property claims over indigenous lands and peoples. Oxford University Press, 2010. 350 pages.

  • The Measure of Woman: Law and Female Identity in the Crown of Aragon

    Marie Kelleher BA ’94 explores the complex relationship between women and legal culture in Spain’s Crown of Aragon during the late medieval period. Drawing on hundreds of unpublished court records, Kelleher examines how women engaged with patriarchal assumptions to shape their legal identities, thereby playing a crucial role in the formation of gendered legal culture that shaped women’s lives throughout Europe for centuries afterward. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.

  • Ralph Ellison in Progress

    Adam Bradley BA ’96 surveys the expansive geography of Ellison’s unfinished second novel while revisiting the more familiar, but often misunderstood, territory of Invisible Man. He works from the premise that understanding Ellison’s process of composition imparts important truths not only about the author himself but about race, writing, and American identity. Yale University Press, 2010. 256 pages.

  • Paul McCartney: A Life

    Peter Ames Carlin BA ’85 tackles the life of music legend Paul McCartney, drawing on recent interviews with his friends and former bandmates and on original research. The book chronicles McCartney’s life from his childhood in Liverpool, to his rise to fame with the Beatles, to his marriage to Heather Mills and their divorce. Touchstone, 2010. 384 pages.

In Memoriam

Class Notes, class-notes, In Memoriam, Winter-2011

In Memoriam

Honoring alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who have recently passed.