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Powell Scholars Program
Callison Hall
Courtney Lehmann, Ph.D.
Program Director
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211


Dinelle Davis
Program Assistant
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95211

Special Events

Senior Reception 2018

On the eve of graduation, senior Powell Scholars and their families celebrate with a special reception in Callison Hall.

Ashley Abraham and her family
Courtney Banh and her family
John Livingstone and his family
Nasser Saleh and his family
Ruchika Agrawal and her family
Liana Stoddard and her family

Senior Retreat 2018

Snowed out of their planned retreat in Lake Tahoe, senior Powell Scholars opted for a wine tour of Lodi via limousine for their outing this year. In addition to tasting an array of wines, we learned about the process and business of wine making, and enjoyed making personal connections with the vintners and owners of the establishments we visited.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

On April 5-8, 2018, the Powell Scholars visited the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. They toured the town and saw three plays - Destiny of Desire, Othello, and Manahatta.

Destiny of Desire is a musical comedy based on the genre of the Mexican telenovela, or soap opera. A play filled with wicked and wonderful plot twists and turns, Destiny of Desire is a story of social ambition fraught with unexpected romantic trysts and outrageous epiphanies. It is a spectacularly funny romp into a world that has otherwise been confined to television.

Othello is Shakespeare's tragic story of inter-racial romance in 17th century Venice, featuring a forbidden relationship between a white, Venetian Senator's daughter and a black African warrior, who has been brought in as the general of the Venetian Army in the fight against the Ottoman empire. A play with endless contemporary applications about an "extravagant and wheeling stranger," Othello raises questions about our ongoing failure to accommodate difference on - and in - its own terms.

Manahatta, the Lenape Indian territory where contemporary Manhattan now stands, explores the disturbing relationship between the violent removal of Native Americans from their own land and modern day Wall Street, as the story of a Native American securities trader who finds herself torn between these two worlds. The plot alternates between the abuse of Native Americans in the 17th century and the practice of predatory lending that left millions of people without homes during the foreclosure crisis of the Great Recession, tracing a dramatic arc of dispossession throughout U.S. history.

To see more about the program's cultural events, click here.