The People vs the Cult | Rajneeshees in Wasco County

The People vs the Cult | Rajneeshees in Wasco County

By Kim Andrews ::   Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh was a spiritual teacher who developed a substantial international following in Pune, India, and decided in 1981 to relocate to the United States. By June 1981, Bhagwan and his followers, called Rajneeshees, decided to relocate to the United States and purchased Wasco County’s Muddy Ranch, a locationContinue Reading The People vs the Cult | Rajneeshees in Wasco County

U.S. Supreme Court Halts the Construction of the High Mountain Sheep Dam

U.S. Supreme Court Halts the Construction of the High Mountain Sheep Dam

  By Taylor Bailey::   Water is a constant theme in Western history. Environmental historian Donald Worster, in his classic book Rivers of Empire: Water, Aridity, and the Growth of the American West, has written that history of the American West is marked by how Westerners dammed and diverted waterways for human use in aContinue Reading U.S. Supreme Court Halts the Construction of the High Mountain Sheep Dam

Morrison Bridge | A Bridge to Portland’s Growth

Morrison Bridge | A Bridge to Portland’s Growth

By Jazmine Kelly ::   On May 24th, 1958 the Morrison Bridge, Portland’s understated landmark opened. But this wasn’t the first construction of the bridge—it was actually the third time the bridge had been revised. The Morrison bridge has witnessed Portland’s growth over the last century. Interestingly enough, every time the bridge was rebuilt thereContinue Reading Morrison Bridge | A Bridge to Portland’s Growth

The 1882 Portland Mayoral Election Scandal

The 1882 Portland Mayoral Election Scandal

By Alecia Giombolini ::   On May 16, 1882, former Portland mayor and prominent local physician, James A. Chapman signed an illicit agreement with the powerful Republican politician, Lucerne Besser. In this contract Besser promised to nominate Chapman for the office of Mayor and then provide the money needed to secure Chapman’s election. If elected,Continue Reading The 1882 Portland Mayoral Election Scandal

Oregon’s Lizzie Borden | Unfaithful, axe-wielding killer, or mentally unstable and abused wife?

Oregon’s Lizzie Borden | Unfaithful, axe-wielding killer, or mentally unstable and abused wife?

By Mike Mata :: For more than a century and a half, Oregonians have debated the legacy of the state’s first convicted female murderer, Charity Lamb. Charity murdered her husband, Nathaniel, on May 13, 1854. After being arrested for the murder along with her eldest daughter, Mary Ann, Charity stood trial on September 11th ofContinue Reading Oregon’s Lizzie Borden | Unfaithful, axe-wielding killer, or mentally unstable and abused wife?

Chia Yin Hsu | Russian Involvement in the Election: Kompromat, Ideology, and the Role of the State

Chia Yin Hsu | Russian Involvement in the Election: Kompromat, Ideology, and the Role of the State

On April 13th, 2017, Professors Chia Yin Hsu and Cassio de Oliveira delivered the lecture “Russian Involvement in the Election: Kompromat, Ideology, and the Role of the State.” The run-up to and aftermath of the election has been marked by accusations of Russian meddling and interference in the electoral process. These two lectures aimed to explain the RussianContinue Reading Chia Yin Hsu | Russian Involvement in the Election: Kompromat, Ideology, and the Role of the State

Marc Rodriquez | Latinos and the Future of American Politics: Some Reflections from History

Marc Rodriquez | Latinos and the Future of American Politics: Some Reflections from History

  On March 9th, 2017, Professor Marc Rodriquez, Managing Editor of Pacific Historical Review delivered the lecture, “Latinos and the Future of American Politics: Some Reflections from History”—a discussion on Latino politics in the past 50 years with an emphasis on Latinos and Latinas as an increasingly important “swing” vote population—as part of the Provost’s LectureContinue Reading Marc Rodriquez | Latinos and the Future of American Politics: Some Reflections from History