Events & Opportunities

March 5, 2024

Finding Common Ground Speaker Series: High Desert Partnership

Learn about the many ways the High Desert Partnership in Harney County supports a community of diverse perspectives to collaboratively solve the complex challenges facing rural America. Speakers include Brenda Smith, executive director of HDP; Mara Polenz, communications director; Josh Hanson, forest and range ecological coordinator; Kaylee Littlefield, community involvement and monitoring coordinator; Melissa Petschauer, Harney Basin ecological coordinator; Camille Torres, collaborative project coordinator; and Denise Rose, Harney internship coordinator.

This event is supported by a Minigrant for Rural Libraries from Oregon Humanities.

6:00 p.m., Harney County Library, Burns

March 8, 2024

Youth Civic Engagement Summit

This Youth Civic Engagement Summit is facilitated by the college and high school students who lead the League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) Youth Council. The Summit will provide guidance for effectively engaging with their government officials in testimony, partnership and policy change to empower youth supporting democracy through interactive breakout workshops, engaging discussions, and dedicated time to build community connections. This full day summit features interactive breakout workshops, engaging discussion topics, and dedicated time to build community connections.

Read more and register for this event.

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., State Library of Oregon, Salem

Photo of Consider This with Father Greg Boyle

March 13, 2024

Consider This with Father Greg Boyle

Join us for a conversation about community, belonging, and ending violence with Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries.

7:00 p.m. Pacific, Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland

March 14, 2024

Conversation Project: Loneliness and Aging

Loneliness and isolation are common experiences for elderly people, especially for those who do not have nearby family members or who are not computer literate. What do you know about the elders in your life or in your neighborhood? Are they connected to their families in an enriching way? Do they belong to a caring community of some kind? This conversation is for elderly people and people who live near elders or have elderly people in their lives to explore questions, experiences, and obstacles to showing up for elderly people and to generate ideas for connection.

6:30 p.m., Dallas Public Library, Dallas

March 14, 2024

Reflective Conversation Training (in-person)

This training will take place at the Oregon Humanities office in Portland over the following days:

  • Day 1: Thursday, March 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Day 2: Friday, March 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To register for the March in-person training, click here.

9:00 a.m., Oregon Humanities, Portland

March 20, 2024

Everyone Can Be a Leader: Exploring Nontraditional Community Leadership

Popular understandings of leadership tell us that leaders look a certain way: they are in charge. They possess outward strength. They are extroverted and act pragmatically rather than emotionally. Perhaps most important, leaders are people in positions of authority and power. Is there an alternative type of leadership? When are we leaders in our communities? How can our unique senses of self contribute to our roles as leaders?

RSVP for this free event here.

6:00 p.m., Cedar Mill Community Library, Portland

March 20, 2024

Conversation Project: Loneliness and Aging

Loneliness and isolation are common experiences for elderly people, especially for those who do not have nearby family members or who are not computer literate. What do you know about the elders in your life or in your neighborhood? Are they connected to their families in an enriching way? Do they belong to a caring community of some kind? This conversation is for elderly people and people who live near elders or have elderly people in their lives to explore questions, experiences, and obstacles to showing up for elderly people and to generate ideas for connection.

6:00 p.m., Ledding Library of Milwaukie, Milwaukie

Photo of Consider This with Eli Saslow

April 3, 2024

Consider This with Eli Saslow

Join us for a conversation about about poverty and addiction in America with Eli Saslow, a national reporter for the New York Times who lives in Portland.

Tickets are $15 and are available on the Alberta Rose Theatre's website.

A limited number of free tickets are also available for this event. To request free tickets, please use this form.

7:00–8:30 p.m., Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland

April 3, 2024

Consider This with Eli Saslow - La Grande screening

Join Oregon Humanities staff in La Grande for a live screening of Consider This with Eli Saslow, a national reporter for the New York Times who lives in Oregon.

7:00 p.m., HQ, La Grande

April 8, 2024

Conversation Project: Loneliness and Aging

Loneliness and isolation are common experiences for elderly people, especially for those who do not have nearby family members or who are not computer literate. What do you know about the elders in your life or in your neighborhood? Are they connected to their families in an enriching way? Do they belong to a caring community of some kind? This conversation is for elderly people and people who live near elders or have elderly people in their lives to explore questions, experiences, and obstacles to showing up for elderly people and to generate ideas for connection.

2:00 p.m., Pine Grove Community House, Manzanita