For three days each November, scholars, students, public figures, writers, artists, and community members come together at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon for a series of workshops, lectures, performances, panel discussions, readings, and a student-curated art exhibit. All sessions are free and open to the general public.
First created by students in 2004, the Ray Warren Symposium continues to be organized each year by a team of dedicated undergraduates who select the theme, choose keynote speakers, create panel discussions, and develop the full program. As an interdisciplinary event, the symposium appeals to students across the College, and many have presented their research in fields such as Sociology, Environmental Studies, Psychology, History, and Ethnomusicology.
One of the highlights each year is Race Monologues, a student presentation of personal narratives. In front of a packed house, L&C students use prose, poetry, and sometimes song to express their journeys to understand race, ethnicity, and personal identity.
The symposium began in 2004 as a way to honor Ray Warren, an L&C alumnus who served as Director of Ethnic Student Services from 1992 until his death in 2004. The full schedule and more information may be found at https://college.lclark.edu/programs/ethnic_studies/symposium/ as the event date nears.