Events & Opportunities

August 4, 2021

The Meaning of Climate Change

The meanings we construct about climate change affect how we think about it, our feelings about it, and our willingness to take action. Portland State University instructor David Osborn leads a discussion exploring different meanings of climate change and how our understanding of meaning relates to action.

6:00 p.m. Pacific, Virtual Event, statewide

August 10, 2021

Beyond Fake News

On both national and local levels, Oregonians have seen how the news can both represent and misrepresent the facts at hand. From debate over local opinions on pandemic response or the protests in Portland to the discourse around “alternative facts,” it can seem difficult to find current and accurate information to use as we make decisions in our communities. This conversation, led by librarian Kelly McElroy, gives Oregonians a chance to consider their own practices and values around news consumption and find new ways to get the information they need.

6:00 p.m. Pacific, Virtual Event, statewide

August 18, 2021

COVID-19 Emergency SHARP Grants online office hour

An online Zoom open office hour with Oregon Humanities staff to help answer questions about our COVID-19 Emergency SHARP Grants.

1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Pacific, Virtual Event, statewide

August 24, 2021

Conspiracy Theories

Why do we gravitate toward conspiracy theories to make sense of the world? What human need do these stories fill? In this program, we’ll explore some conspiracy theories old and new, famous and obscure. What common themes do they share? How do they operate as stories and how do they evolve? What’s the difference between a conspiracy theory and myth, folklore, and “fake news”? We’ll talk about the mechanics of conspiracy theories as we explore how to determine what’s true, what’s false, and whom to trust.

6:00 p.m. Pacific, Virtual Event, statewide

August 25, 2021

Can We Get Along?

Rodney King’s iconic question still resonates today. Despite decades of social justice movements, police brutality and divisions persist in the United States. COVID-19 has only added more challenges. How can we connect to each other during these times? What holds us back from connecting with each other? How do our personal experiences contribute to barriers, or and have the potential to break them down? Join facilitator Chisa Hata as she holds space to examine individual questions on race, cultural values, and what brings us together and what separates us.

5:00 p.m., Virtual Event, statewide

August 27, 2021

SHARP Grants Application Deadline

Oregon Humanities will award at least $675,000 for general operating and project or program support for Oregon nonprofit organizations, federally recognized Native American tribal governments in Oregon, accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education, and state and local government agencies in Oregon.

5:00 p.m.,

September 9, 2021

Facilitation Training (virtual)

Oregon Humanities' facilitation training prepares people to plan and facilitate conversations about vital issues and questions across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds. These conversations help build strong relationships within organizations and among communities.

10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Oregon Humanities, Portland

October 21, 2021

Facilitation Training (virtual)

Oregon Humanities' facilitation training prepares people to plan and facilitate conversations about vital issues and questions across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds. These conversations help build strong relationships within organizations and among communities.

10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Virtual Event, statewide