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0615 SW Palatine Hill Road
Portland, OR 97219, US (map)

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  • Monday
    Feb 12 2018
    Social Justice Through Art (LC Inclusion Multicultural Engagement)

    Art has been a tool to voice feelings for centuries. We will take a deeper look into how art conveys feelings regarding social justice. We will present art pieces, music, and performances that provide a new perspective on how to voice frustrations or pride regarding certain topics. Everyone is welcome!

  • Monday
    Jan 29 2018
    LC Inclusion Multicultural Engagement Wokeshop: The Power of Language

    How does the language we use affect our thinking and those around us? How can we be more intentional with our language and what are some ways to confront hurtful language? Everyone is welcome!

  • Wednesday
    Nov 8 2017
    Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies
    Lewis & Clark College

    We are pleased to bring you this year's 14th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies: "Legacy: Race and Remembrance"!

    The Ray Warren Symposium is an annual, student-run event on Lewis & Clark College's campus, dedicated to issues of race and ethnicity. The symposium is named after Ray Warren, an LC alum and staff member who was commited to issues of race and diversity on campus. We have three keynote events (listed below) and six panels addressing issues of storytelling, geneology, historical trauma, racial forgiveness and more.

    You can read more about Ray, the symposium, and this year's theme & schedule here: go.lclark.edu/warrensymp. All events are free and open to the public!

    KEYNOTE EVENTS: Wednesday, Nov. 8th at 7pm in Council Chambers: "Visible Legacies: Cultural Continuance through Art" Abstract: Cultural practitioner Sulu’ape Keone Nunes and multimedia artist Wendy Red Star will discuss the ways they blend the past and present to sustain community memories and cultural traditions for the future.

    Thursday, Nov. 9th at 7pm in Council Chambers: Description: Jelani Cobb, historian and award-winning New Yorker staff writer.

    Friday, Nov. 10th at 7pm in Agnes Flanagan Chapel: Race Monologues Each year a different group of L&C students writes an original series of personal narratives to share their feelings, experiences, and understandings of race, ethnicity, and identity. Important note: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating in the Chapel will be limited to the first 460 people who arrive. Please also note that the doors will be closed at 7:00 p.m. Latecomers will not be seated.

    Check back often for updates, and be sure to follow us here and on Twitter at twitter.com/rwsymplc! See you in November!



    ------------------SATURDAY, November 4--------------- 2:00 p.m., Fir Acres Black Box Theatre Staged reading of Cottonwood in the Flood, followed by panel discussion. Written by Rich Rubin; directed by Damaris Webb Free Admission

    --------------------WEDNESDAY, November 8---------------- ---7 p.m., Council Chambers: "Visible Legacies: Cultural Continuance through Art" Abstract: Cultural practitioner Sulu’ape Keone Nunes and multimedia artist Wendy Red Star will discuss the ways they blend the past and present to sustain community memories and cultural traditions for the future.

    --------------------THURSDAY, November 9-------------------- ---9:30–11 a.m., Stamm "Living Memory: Trauma, Disease, and Healing" Panel description: How do people heal from turbulent events or powerful changes that dramatically alter their communities? What might be the role of memory in helping people recover and heal from racialized trauma? How does trauma get passed down intergenerationally, and how do the descendants of trauma survivors cope with and reconcile those pasts? This panel will explore various methods of healing that engage directly with memory loss and recollection.

    ---11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Smith Hall, Albany Quadrangle "Race Across Disciplinary Boundaries: Student Research Presentations" Panel Description: Join us for an interdisciplinary discussion with L&C students who will share original research projects addressing issues of race and ethnicity. Bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies will be provided. Sadie Bender Shorr ‘18, Hispanic Studies major, “Performance and Collective Cultural Resistance in the Sonoran Borderlands” Hector Brandt ‘18, History major, “Why's the Rum Always Gone?: Exploring the Haitian Revolution” Glenna Gee-Taylor ‘18, History major, “Denver Model Cities, Resident Participation, and the Black Power Movement in Denver” Eva Gellman ‘18, English major, "To See and be Seen: Literary Artistry, Visual Artistry, and America's Slave Past" Lauren Krumholz ‘18, History major, “Unraveling Security: U.S. Internment of Latin Americans during World War II” Merrill Liddicoat ‘18, SOAN major, “‘Working for love’: The Resilience of Native American Fishing Communities along the Columbia River”

    ---1:30–3 p.m., Stamm "Let Me Tell You a Story: Memory and Intergenerational Dialogue" Panel description: A bedtime story can lull a child to sleep. A tale of perseverance can bring communities together. A memoir can allow you to understand another person’s life. Stories are powerful instruments capable of shaping who we are, the things we believe, how we act and what we envision for the future. This panel will discuss the compelling ways people communicate their personal and communal stories of race and ethnicity to make them available for future generations. What stories deserve to be told? How are stories among different communities shared? How can youth be engaged in these intergenerational dialogues to help them formulate their personal identity and connect them to a legacy of memories?

    ---3:30–5 p.m., Stamm "What it Means to Be a Pioneer: Reckoning with Our Institutional History" Panel description: In commemoration of Lewis & Clark College’s 150th birthday, this panel is an opportunity to explore some of the questions that colleges and universities around the country have been grappling with: Whose land was this, and how did it become the site of our campus? Whose names are on our buildings and our institution, and why? What is our connection to slavery and colonialism? What history are we associated with, and what has that meant for the experiences of people of color at our institution? By taking up these questions, we hope to create a better idea of how we can use knowledge of Lewis & Clark College’s institutional history to help us walk together into a just future.

    ---7 p.m., Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center Keynote Presentation Jelani Cobb, historian and award-winning New Yorker staff writer.

    --------------------------FRIDAY, November 10----------------------

    ---9:30–11 a.m, Stamm "Sites of Memory" Panel Description: Memories are often tied to specific locations where certain events transpired and different communities resided. These sites of memories sometimes become a focus of attention as people struggle to determine the most appropriate and meaningful way to mark the space. This panel will explore the meanings of specific sites in Oregon and elsewhere in the US, asking which histories and places are chosen for commemoration and how historical memories are represented and created.

    ---11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Stamm "Seeking a Path Forward: Reparations, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation" Panel description: Racism is fundamentally a violent system—able to inflict deep physical, economic, and emotional wounds onto whole populations. While people who experience racism may begin to heal, the memory of suffering leaves scars that, if left unaddressed, may never fade. This panel will address questions of how to reconcile those memories and how those who inflict these painful memories can be forgiven. Is this forgiveness even possible? What effect might reparations have on our societal memories of race? How do we forgive, yet not forget, so that we and those that come after us may live happy, liberated lives?

    ---1:30–3 p.m., Stamm "Tracing Memories: Deriving Meaning from Ancestral Roots" Panel Description: Uncovering familial legacies can be both beautiful and harrowing at the same time. The process of discovering a family history has the potential to uncover painful legacies marred by racism, yet it also has the potential to resolve unknowns and ground ourselves in meaningful connections with our ancestors. This panel will discuss questions about the experience of tracing family lineage and how that undertaking can enrich or create a sense of identity. How does knowledge of ancestry inform notions of kinship? What is the role of genetics in constructing ideas of memory? How do communities record the past so that it can be accessed by future generations? ---3:30–4:30 p.m., Frank Manor House Social Justice Tour

    ---3:30–5 p.m., Thayer "Workshop: Memories of Race and Building Our Legacies: A Dialogue" In this interactive workshop, participants will explore memories of race through personal lived experiences. When did we first understand our racial identities? How do we make sense of this part of our lives in the present? How does race intersect with the rest of our life story? Can we build a legacy at Lewis & Clark within our own spheres of influence? Come to share your stories with other participants through a series of meaningful one-on-one dialogues. Maximum 30 participants. First-come seating.

    ---7 p.m., Agnes Flanagan Chapel "Race Monologues"

    Each year a different group of L&C students writes an original series of personal narratives to share their feelings, experiences, and understandings of race, ethnicity, and identity.

    Watzek Library Exhibits: Watzek Library has several exhibits exploring the idea of “Legacy: Race and Remembrance.” On the top floor of the library, Lewis & Clark’s Special Collections will display for the first time its collection of material relating to Edward Curtis. Additionally, the Watzek Library atrium will exhibit Vanport: A Story Lived. A Story Told from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11. Please read more about these exhibits here.

  • Saturday
    Nov 4 2017
    Cottonwood In The Flood + Vanport exhibit

    A Staged Reading of COTTONWOOD IN THE FLOOD by Rich Rubin With Lewis and Clark College students directed by Damaris Webb WHEN: Saturday, November 4th at 2:00PM WHERE: Fir Acres Black Box Theatre, Lewis & Clark College Free admission

    Part of the 14th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies LEGACY: RACE AND REMEMBRANCE (more info: goo.gl/N95FZM)

    It is the early 1940s, and the United States has just entered World War II. The country needs ships and it needs them fast, and a huge complex of shipyards springs up virtually overnight along the water's edge just north of Portland. To build those ships, workers come from all corners of the nation, and to house those workers--many from the South and many African-American--a city of 40,000 called Vanport is constructed from scratch on a muddy floodplain of the mighty Columbia River.

    Tragically, on a Sunday afternoon a half-decade later, Vanport is destroyed by a catastrophic flood that presages the events of Katrina by some sixty years.

    Cottonwood in the Flood tells the tale of one (fictional) African-American family and their experiences in Vanport both during and immediately after the war, a time and place where America's nobler ideals and its history of racial injustice collide head-on in the Pacific Northwest.

    The staged reading of the play will feature Lewis and Clark College students and will be directed by Damaris Webb. A screening of Challenging History, a short documentary featuring Vanport survivor Beatrice Gilmore, will precede the reading. The story of the documentary is part of The Vanport Mosaic participatory oral history project directed by Story Midwife Laura Lo Forti.

    Additionally, Ms. Gilmore will partake in a panel discussion after the reading along with the playwright, Rich Rubin and the local historian Zita Podany, author of Vanport (Arcadia Publishing)..

    The staged reading of Cottonwood in the Flood is made possible by the generous support of: Dean of Students and the Division of Student Life The Office of Diversity and Inclusion The Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies Theatre Department

    Watzek Library Display: Nov. 4 to Nov. 11, Watzek Library atrium VANPORT: A STORY LIVED. A STORY TOLD A Vanport Mosaic “Out of the Box” EXHIBIT

    During its short life span, Vanport—Oregon’s second largest city and the nation’s largest public housing project—drew national attention and conflicting opinions. For the over 40,000 people who lived there, Vanport was simply their home. When the Columbia River flooded on May 31, 1948, the entire city was erased from the map and from much of Portland’s memory in a single day.

    Mixing archival photographs and historical records with personal testimonies of former residents, this pop-up exhibit presents the multifaceted story of Vanport and its vibrant community. It is a story of migration, housing, displacement, and perseverance.

    This exhibit was curated by Laura Lo Forti and Greta Smith of Vanport Mosaic, a community-driven and artist-led collective comprised of artists, historians, educators, and media makers who engage the public in remembering silenced histories of the Pacific Northwest in order to understand our present.

  • Thursday
    Oct 26 2017
    League of Minority Voters State of Civil Rights Forum

    Lewis & Clark College

    "Housing: The Civil Rights Matter of Our Time." It is important now, more than ever, that we take charge and ensure the civil rights of every Oregonaian remain sacred. Our communities are ready to do what it takesto set the tone for a more inclusive future. We are impacting the system for a positive change. Be a part of the change. Join us on Thursday. We thank you in advance for your social investment in our communities and your continued support for our organization. RSVP to reception@minorityvoters.org or 503-946-8526

  • Thursday
    Oct 19 2017
    Socialist Feminism 101

    Socialist Feminism: What is it and how do we fight for it? Come discuss these questions and more with Olivia Katbi Smith and Matea Ivanovic from the Feminist Branch of Portland Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). We'll hear about the work of Portland DSA on socialist feminist issues and discuss how we can engage in these fights ourselves.

    Pizza will be provided!

    This event is being put on by the Lewis & Clark Young Democratic Socialists of America (LC YDSA).

  • Tuesday
    Oct 3 2017
    Critical Hip Hop Studies: Hope, Possibility, and Resistance

    This talk will discuss how hip-hop culture can offer sites of hope, possibility, and resistance against the social and structural marginalization that Black males face in urban America. This talk will be presented by Dr. Daymond Glenn, visiting assistant professor and assistant director of the Teaching Excellence Program. Additionally, this talk will discuss how mainstream hip-hop culture (i.e. rap music) has been coopted, commodified, commercialized, and corrupted by corporate elites who sell Blackness back to the consumer in a degrading, dysfunctional, and pathological form, which then becomes the baseline for how Black identity is formed, negotiated, understood and reproduced in the larger public sphere.

    This is free and open to the public!

  • Tuesday
    Apr 11 2017
    Resist Hate. Protest the Debate!

    Jessica Vaughan from the hate group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has been invited by the Lewis & Clark College International Symposium student group to speak at a campus debate on Tuesday. While other events in this series are open to the public, this specific talk has been closed off to exclusive invitees. In exchange for using this platform to spread her hateful rhetoric, Vaughan is likely receiving a large stipend from a school that receives federal funding.

    Title IX assures everyone that they will have equal access to education. However, how can someone feel they have equal access if someone from a hate group has been invited to demonize them. For those who are from marginalized groups, knowing that hate has been welcomed into your community can be devastating. However, knowing that your community stood up against hate and for the value of immigrants lives can be incredibly empowering.

    While we would prefer that Vaughan be disinvited for her hate speech and her pay be donated to immigrants right groups, until that occurs we are calling for the community to peacefully protest outside of the event. Hate has no place in our community. We will gather in front of the Templeton Building

    Additional background info:

    The CIS was founded in 1985 by John Tanton, who is the father of the modern nativist movement. Tanton also founded Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a far-right xenophobic organization that spews hate about immigrants. The SPLC writes, “In recent years, CIS has routinely disseminated the works of white nationalist writers, including Jared Taylor of American Renaissance. Taylor has written that ‘[w]hen blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization – any kind of civilization – disappears.’”

    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has put CIS on its list of hate groups for its frequent dissemination of articles by racist white-nationalists and its own racist anti-Latino reports. Vaughan is the CIS policy director and a propagandist who spreads fake news that paints immigrants and refugees as dangerous criminals and terrorists.