By the first week in November, it will all be over. We will have a new president-elect, we will know which party controls the U.S. Senate, and we may even have hearings on a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. But getting there is going to be quite a ride.
Undergraduate students at Pacific University each are required to take courses that fulfill a civic engagement credit. This winter, students lined up for one such class.
On Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, I was leaving my office at 6 p.m.and met one of my colleagues from the Pacific University College of Health Professions, who asked me if I have heard of the Paris attacks.
Breanne McGhee was looking forward to a local high school football game when Hurricane Katrina changed her plans. Then 15 and junior in high school, she was disappointed when the game was canceled, but not especially concerned. “In New Orleans, nobody leaves the city,” she said. “We have hurricane parties.”
This project began in September of 2013, when Theatre Professor Ellen Margolis introduced me to Ginger Moshofsky, then in Pacific’s Office of Alumni Relations. She was inspired by the Whitman College Letters Project, which gathered original materials, like journals and letters, from their alumni and pieced them into a play.