CHC Stories

CHC students in the debate and mock trial program step into real world with the skills that help them succeed in life.
“Strangers in the Village: The Cultural Politics and Poetics of Black-American Cinema” Date: Friday, Feb. 24 Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Place: EMU Redwood Room
Don't check your identity at the door in classes taught by this CHC Associate Professor. 
Language, culture and travel are all important aspects in the life of this CHC junior.
The chair of the UO Board of Trustees followed a different path toward her degrees, which include being a history major at Clark Honors College.
Raimy Khalife-Hamdan (Global Studies / Romance Languages, 2022):  "My deepest mission in life is to try to build peace in conflict-affected regions like the one I come from."
Students completing their thesis projects in winter or spring 2023 are invited to participate in the CHC’s inaugural Three-Minute Thesis competition.  Each year, the University of Oregon Graduate School holds a Three-Minute Thesis competition.
Dr. Artel Great will teach a CHC winter term course to give students an understanding on the influences of Black films on society and American culture. "When you’re a 17-year-old in the number one movie in America, it completely changes the trajectory of your life,” says Dr.
Business, the law, and helping other students are all part of this CHC student’s life at UO
The CHC music professor talks about his favorites, his approach to teaching, and a new music album that dropped in December.
She spent years honing her craft at UO and a variety of publications across the U.S.
Ryan Kovatch, a computer science major with a minor in creative writing, organizes the Taylor Swift Society – a student-led club that celebrates the creative genius of the pop music icon.
Parvez may be one of the most influential voices in corporate social media. 
Nicole Dudukovic recalls the time she was finishing her PhD in psychology and thought about pursuing a science communication master’s program, as well.
Position: Career Instructor, Chemistry  At UO since: 2021  Song on repeat: Anything on the "90s on 9" or "Classic Country"  
Year in school: Sophomore  Major/intended major: Environmental Studies  Hometown: Oakridge, Ore.  Song on repeat: Business Lunch by Shakey Graves  
CHC first-generation students succeed despite the barriers they face in higher education Some first-generation college students grew up without means.
Graduated: Class of 1972  Major at CHC: History  Lives in: Salem, Ore.  Career: retired labor and civil rights lawyer  
In summer 2023, students have an opportunity to take an international approach to their education by participating in the “Clark Honors College in Berlin” study abroad program.
CHC first-generation students succeed despite the barriers they face in higher education Some first-generation college students grew up without means.
CHC first-generation students succeed despite the barriers they face in higher education Some first-generation college students grew up without means.
CHC first-generation students succeed despite the barriers they face in higher education Some first-generation college students grew up without means.
CHC undergraduate student researchers among Knight Campus cohort developing innovative ways to look at concussions.
Stamps Scholars hail from across Oregon and the United States. They are academic powerhouses whose work in high school and beyond helped earn them UO’s most prestigious and generous undergraduate scholarship.
When Dr. Marc Arsell Robinson began teaching African American history in 2009, many students entering his classes thought conversations about race in America were over. 
Montana is known as the “Treasure State” for its abundance of natural minerals and diverse wildlife. But when Catalina de Onís thinks back to her childhood in the Rocky Mountains, the opposite comes to mind. 
Aug. 31, 2022 - After months of research, Clark Honors College students have narrowed potential sites where they think five Cayuse men were buried or reburied after they were hanged for the death of missionary Marcus Whitman.
Joseph Fracchia undertakes a reconstruction of the corporeal foundations of historical materialism.
In their Ms Magazine article, Carol Stabile, Morning Glory Ritchie, and Malia Mulligan ask:  What hinders the expansion of diversity in the data science field?
In her Slate Magazine article, Rebecca Schuman reflects on Eugene's —and Oregon's—intertwined addition epidemics, property values, urban tent cities, law enforcement, compassion, and property-crime.  
AEC is pleased to honor Dr. Kate Mondloch as our 2022 Faculty Excellence in Universal Design award recipient.
Good afternoon! It’s my great pleasure to welcome the Robert D. Clark Honors College class of 2020! And the class of 2021! And the class of 2022! I’m Carol Stabile, acting dean of the College and a professor of gender studies and media history.
The former poet laureate of Oregon, Kim Stafford, BA '71 (Clark Honors College), MA '73, PhD '79 (English), considers war and peace, pandemic struggles, Earth imperatives, a seeker’s spirit, and forging kinship in his latest collection of poems, "Singer Come from Afar."
Nicole Dudukovic and others have received 2022 Williams instructional grants.  “I will be using the award money to create a website that will allow students to get hands-on experience with brain imaging data,” Dudukovic said.
Temerity Bauer, a junior biology major and Clark Honors College student, received the highly competitive award for her work in health care.  Udall scholarships recognize students for their service to Native American nations or for stewardship of the environment.
CHC alum Alex Mentzel (German literature and culture / theatre arts, 2020) will pursue a PhD at Cambridge—studying the intersection of human and digital worlds, where technology and the humanities meet.
When freshman Erin Morrison found out she had successfully become a Stamps Scholar, she was in her living room with her parents, trying not to cry and remembering how to breathe. The moment was extra special for Morrison who was diagnosed with cancer her freshman year of high school.
New faculty member Catalina M. de Onís's book, "Energy Islands: Metaphors of Power, Extractivism, and Justice in Puerto Rico," has won the Rhetoric Society of America 2022 Book Award.
Welcome Back to Chapman

In fall of 2020, on the heels of one hundred days of protests around the country and against police violence in Portland, Oregon following the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, Clark Honors College began to think about how to provide courses that would help CHC students deepen their engagement with the histories and contemporary manifestations of anti-Black racism.

My history teacher asked on my first day of high school what we wanted to do when we grew up. It was a simple question that I did not give much thought: I knew I wanted to practice law.

Two UO students have been awarded prestigious Udall Undergraduate Scholarships, a first for the university and all the more rare because it is the second award for one of the Ducks.

On April 6, 2021, despite Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto, Arkansas became the first state to prohibit physicians from providing gender-affirming medical care like hormone treatments designed to delay puberty in transgender youth.

Near the end of every school year, the University of Oregon showcases the work done by undergraduate scholars with the support of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE) in a public research symposium. 

There are two kinds of RA you’ll typically encounter on a college campus. The first is sure to be familiar to anyone who has stayed in a dorm room. But I’m not here to talk about the person who writes you up for being too loud on a Tuesday. No, this article is about being a research assistant, which is the other, less infamous, RA.

Both Beyond Toxics and the NAACP are committed to achieving environmental and climate justice for historically disadvantaged and underserved communities.

During her first days on the job at Human Rights Watch in 2018, Namratha Somayajula got a glimpse of the work that goes into exposing human rights violations and advocating for change.

A University of Oregon program that provides education to incarcerated Oregonians is expanding with a boost from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, one of the largest supporters 
of the arts and humanities in the United States.

Research faculty members and students from the UO’s first-in-the-nation comics studies minor bring complex concepts to life through illustrations

When junior Mikala Capage opened an email about the Goldwater Scholarship she applied for, she was prepared. And then she was ecstatic.

When she was just ten years old, Clark Honors College and marine biology major Jenna Travers moved to Juneau, Alaska, where she watched glaciers melt.

When Clark Honors College alumna Caitlin Scott was finalizing her thesis last spring amongst travel restrictions and thesis defense cancellations, it was difficult to find the silver lining.

It was a cold January morning in Allen Hall, and a book was about to be written.

University of Oregon graduate student Nisha Sridhar has always known she wanted to use her work in healthcare to be an advocate for children. This week, she’ll be advocating in front of members of the United States Congress.

When developing the class, The Velocity of Gesture, or Intro to Air Guitar, for winter term last year, McWhorter had a radical idea: to give students dedicated time to explore how they express themselves.

Many of Dudukovic’s classes on learning and memory involve a discussion of flashbulb memories. She is fascinated by questions of how memories can change over time and why two individuals may remember the same event differently.

Knowing that the class would be online again this fall, Munger decided to change things up. Lauren Willis, curator of academic programs at the museum, was  happy to oblige.

Senior design student sourced her natural materials during walks along Millrace Pond.

With social distancing and social pods, UO/CHC students explored autumn's offerings around town

One current University of Oregon student and another recently graduated Duck have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Rhodes scholarship.

The online panel, which was designed to connect the alumni with current students interested in the medical field, was held on October 30, and was moderated by Melissa Graboyes, professor of African and medical history, and Nelly Nouboussi, a 2020 biology graduate of the CHC.

Clark Honors College Dean Carol Stabile was looking to bring together members of the CHC community to talk about an issue that was challenging, uncomfortable and historically avoided. She wanted to encourage a dialogue about race in America.

CHC’s college resumption committee searched for ways to make students feel heard, connected, and inspired by each other. The idea they came up with? A project dubbed “Creative Spaces.”

Sigma Alpha Epsilon will take part in Suicide Prevention Week from November 16th through 20th with efforts meant for the entire community.

While President Joe Biden spoke of a deeply divided country and how it can sound foolish to some to achieve unity, Clark Honors College alumni Kevin Frazier ('16) had already been working on closing that national chasm.

Tadepalli hopes to offer undergraduates the opportunity to ask questions about national scholarships and be a resource to students.

Many of the Fraternity and Sorority Life organizations have created a home away from home for their members who returned to campus and have helped to enforce social distancing guidelines during this time. 

Due to her innovative teaching methods and contributions to the field of psychology education, Dr. Shoshana Kerewsky was recently honored with the Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education Award from the American Psychology Association.

Once, they were all Clark Honors College students. Now all active and successful in their careers as researchers and professors, four CHC alumni return to reach back and give some well-heeded advice to the next generation.

Inspired by the summer’s anti-racism demonstrations, Matthias Vogel, Global Scholars Hall faculty in residence and director of the Global Engagement ARC, was looking for a way to address race and racism on an international scale.


Melissa Graboyes and Rachel Conner

CHC student Rachel Conner and Professor Melissa Graboyes were part of a professor/student collaboration that won the 2020 African Studies Prize for the book Africa Every Day.

mayor of scranton

This pragmatic but progressive approach to politics won over the people of Scranton. Her platform focused on the “non-sexy” aspects of politics like structural reform, economic equity and justice, and ensuring the city’s political leaders reflected the diversity of the city.

When Corinne Bayerl was a college student in Munich, a professor said something that she not only considered important, but was integral when she developed her teaching philosophy.

Brian McWhorter

Brian McWhorter brings his talent, passion for music and love of teaching to CHC

Julia Lo

Mutant Worms, Melting Glaciers, and Philosophy For Kids

Three CHC first-years land FYRE Scholarships for research

Emily Fowler on the Oregon coast

Emily Fowler's research encourages civic engagement as her work is published

Political science texts litter her laptop, mock trial preparation occupies her mind and cappuccinos course through her system as Emily Fowler buzzes about Chapman Hall. Fowler, a CHC junior studying Political Science and Media Studies, rarely has time to eat lunch between her CHC coursework, involvement with Mock Trial, CHCSA, and the Wayne Morse Scholars Program and her demanding internship with Terrapin Data, a Eugene based technology start-up that works with civic data.

Dare Baldwin finds community is strong in remote classes

Dare Baldwin, Clark Honors College professor of psychology, has experienced a “powerful feeling of togetherness” after modifying her three spring term classes to be conducted remotely and having her students “zoom in” from Oregon, California, Tennessee, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Hawaii.

Effective Fall 2020, the Clark Honors College is adopting a new curriculum that is based on the evolving needs of our students and that addresses the changing interests and goals of our student population. 

Monique Balbuena's class project

Professor Balbuena turns passions into collaborative student project

“It’s about sex,” Professor Monique Balbuena whispered to her class. The students look around, half of them nervously laughing and the other half rolling their eyes.

Rennie Kendrick

By the time she was twelve years old, Rennie Kendrick already knew she wanted to be a scientist.​​​​​​

Steve Martin play

Every term, for Prof Barbara Mossberg's class, "Emerson & Einstein, Interdisciplinary Artist Activists: An Inquiry into Genius," the students act in, produce and perform Steve Martin’s comedy honoring Einstein as an artist, Picasso at the Lapin Agile in the Pocket Theater in Villard.

Karishma shaw, CHC alumna

CHC was a "great prep" for the chaos of law school

Julie Tripp fellowship

Alumna Julie Tripp's best advice: “Be ready to jump at the chances and keep your passport current.” ​​​​​​

The first image is a silhouette of a deer, followed by a flash of lights, then the sound of tearing, grinding metal. 

The recent success of Clark Honors College alum Jeff Whitty’s first screenplay couldn’t have come at a better time.

susan Choi

“The National Book Awards,” Associate Professor of Literature Mai-lin Cheng says, “are like the Oscars for American writers.” Cheng has helped to bring two of this year’s contenders to the University of Oregon for a series of events, including a reading, conversation with students, and a UO Today interview.