Events & Opportunities

April 28, 2019

Stories My Mother and Father Told Me: Jenny M. Chu and Jake Vermaas

Join the Portland Chinatown Museum for an evening of poetry with local writers, Jenny M. Chu and Jake Vermaas, part of their ongoing "Stories My Mother and Father Told Me" storytelling series, sponsored in part by Oregon Humanities. Jenny M. Chu will read "My parents owned a restaurant..." The first time this story was told to anyone in this form was at the Restaurant Babies event curated by Seattle-based poet, Jane Wong at the Wing Luke Museum earlier this month on April 4. This is the second and maybe last time this story will be told in this form, in this way. Jake Vermaas's presentation of "Where I got that name" and "First Fruits" evolved from a pecha kucha that was performed at APANO's Climate, Health, and Housing (CHHI) Summit this winter, and the poems were first performed at the AWP Filipinx reading in March 2019. Tickets (includes admission to Museum exhibitions) $10/Museum Members $12/Museum Non-Members

2.30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, Portland Chinatown History Foundation, Portland

April 28, 2019

Conversation Project: Bias and Kids

Most people agree that children need healthy, loving, supportive environments to thrive. But, as parents, family members, teachers, neighbors, and voters—how do our biases influence how we interact with the children in our lives and communities? And, how do those biases influence how children perceive themselves and what they will become? During our conversation led by Verónika Nuñez and Kyrié Kellett, we will reflect on how our biases—conscious and unconscious—related to gender, race, class, culture, and other traits, shape everything from our subtle interactions with the kids we care for to the way we make political decisions that influence children in our society.

Noon, Multnomah Friends Meeting, Portland

May 1, 2019

Conversation Project: Why DIY? Self-sufficiency and American Life

Are we as self-sufficient as we can be? As we should be? What are the pleasures and pitfalls of doing it yourself? This conversation investigates why we strive to be makers and doers in a world that provides more conveniences than ever before. How might the “new industrial revolution” of tinkerers and crafters affect American schools and workplaces? How do maker spaces or skills courses foster greater engagement and involvement? What could be left behind when we increase self-sufficiency in a community? All kinds of DIY interests are welcome: we can focus on foraging, permaculture, prepping, woodworking, or hovercraft making—or perhaps all of these at once! Through our shared stories, we will seek to understand more deeply how DIY functions in American life.

6:00 p.m., People's Food Co-op, Portland

May 7, 2019

Conversation Project: Beyond Invitation

Organizations and communities are working to invite broader groups of people to engage in their work as employees, patrons, board members, and donors. Having a statement at the end of a job announcement to encourage communities of color, queer people, and women to apply can be a start, but how do policies, environment, and culture support this invitation? How do they fail to support it? How do you know if a space is inclusive and accessible for all, and is such a goal even possible? What do you do about the tension between people who have different needs to feel included? Join Rachel Bernstein to explore what it takes to make the shift from invitation to inclusion. RSVP:

Noon, Portland State University - Women's Resource Center, Portland

Photo of Conversation Project: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

May 14, 2019

Conversation Project: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Studies show that neighbors interact much less than in previous decades. This has been theorized as a kind of side effect of modern life and the result of technology, limits on attention, and in some instances, differences in cultural concepts of what it means to be neighborly. Join facilitator Jen Mitas in this conversation that asks, How do you interact with your neighbors? How do you feel about those relationships? How might you improve or change these relationships in order to make a positive impact on the places you live? This conversation is a chance to reflect on one’s own role in the social networks that make up the places we live, and to complicate clichés about neighborliness that may be unconsciously rooted in the mid-twentieth century ideal of the American suburb. RSVP to this event here.

10:30 a.m., Portland State University, Portland

May 15, 2019

Conversation Project: Everyone Can Be a Leader

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. Join facilitator Pepe Moscoso for a conversation that explores an alternative view of leadership and asks, When are we leaders in our communities? How can our unique senses of self contribute to our roles as leaders? What do we have to offer that is needed? Participants will have the chance to ask these questions of themselves and to explore with their friends and neighbors what makes a great leader in their communities.

7:00 p.m., Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition, Portland

May 20, 2019

Conversation Project: Is Technology Outpacing Our Humanity?

Technology is often considered a cure-all to our modern challenges. It is, undeniably, a powerful tool in addressing our greatest endeavors. Whether it be automation, the iPhone, or gene editing, some say our technical capacities have outstripped our moral knowledge. Others believe they have provided us immense creativity in dealing with our biggest ethical questions. Are these mutually exclusive? Facilitator Manuel Padilla will lead this conversation to explore how technology shapes our moral reasoning and our perceptions of, and relationships with, one another. This event will take place in the board room at Portland Public Schools' main office.

4:00 pm, Portland Public Schools Information Technology Department, Portland

May 21, 2019

Conversation Project: What Does it Mean to Be Good?

Most of us believe we are good people. But if we are all good people, with little room for fallibility, who are the people responsible for supporting structural oppression like racism, sexism, and heterosexism? If we hope to be “good,” what are our moral responsibilities in a society of privilege, power, and oppression? Join facilitator Brittany Wake in a discussion that explores the values associated with how we come to establish ourselves as good people and what that means for our potential complicity in perpetuating marginalization.

Noon, Portland State University - Women's Resource Center, Portland

May 22, 2019

Think & Drink with Danielle Allen

The 2018–19 Think & Drink series on Journalism and Justice continues with a conversation with political theorist Danielle Allen, professor at Harvard University and author of the memoir Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.

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

May 29, 2019

Conversation Project: The Hate We Live In

We live and work among systems that were built on racism. Even people who believe in and work for racial equity are immersed in a culture that silently supports structural oppression, especially anti-Black racism. What does it mean for us as individuals to live and breathe these values from the time we are born? How do we start to see and address our own personal biases? Join facilitator Tyler White for a conversation that will help participants recognize oppression of all kinds and provide tools to combat hate by calling out the injustices present in everyday life.

3:30 p.m., Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Portland