Events & Opportunities
October 11, 2023
Join us for a conversation about family, belonging, and gender with Casey Parks. A longtime reporter for the Oregonian, Parks now covers gender and family issues for the Washington Post, where she has written about abortion access, Texas’ investigation of parents of trans kids, and the long tail of the US military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. In her 2022 book, Diary of a Misfit, Parks relates her own story of coming out in a rural Louisiana town in 2002 and her efforts to uncover the story of Roy Hudgins, a small-town singer who, like Parks, didn’t conform to the expectations of his community. This conversation—the first in our 2023–2024 Consider This series about fear and belonging—will explore how attitudes about gender affect where people seem to fit in. We'll also discuss where these attitudes come from and how they might change. This event will be ASL interpreted. Read more about this event.
7:00 p.m., Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland
October 25, 2023
Death is a universal event that transcends many of the differences between us. While we focus most on the quality of our lives and well-being, we rarely talk about the quality of our dying and deaths. Now in its sixth year, Oregon Humanities’ Talking about Dying program offers an opportunity to reflect on the stories and cultural influences that shape our thinking about this theme and to share perspectives and ideas with fellow community members. During the program, participants explore such questions as, How might our family, traditions, rituals, religion, and beliefs shape how we think about death? What would a “good death” look like for us? What do we want—and not want—at the end of our life? What are the essential considerations?
10:30 a.m. to noon, Cedar Mill Community Library, Portland
November 1, 2023
Join the editors of Oregon Humanities magazine for an evening featuring recent contributors Saeeda Wright, Leanne Grabel, Brian Benson, Jennifer Perrine, and Judy Jiang reading essays and poems.
7:00 p.m., Honey Latte Cafe, Portland
January 17, 2024
Housing and homelessness is a visible and divisive issue in local media, in politics, and across different communities within our state. Many of us were experiencing housing instability and economic uncertainty even during the “boom” times before the current crisis. This conversation will explore common assumptions and perspectives about the experience of houselessness/homelessness and seek to answer the question, How do we decide who “belongs” in our community?
6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Cedar Mill Community Library, Portland
March 13, 2024
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
April 3, 2024
Join us for a conversation about about poverty and addiction in America with Eli Saslow.
7:00–8:30 p.m., Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland