Summer 2012 : Fight
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Summer 2012 : Fight
Oregon Humanities: Summer 2012
What happens when you bring together Oregon scholars and nature lovers to discuss ideas about city planning, land use, and community, and then you serve them pie?
You get the Conversation Project Unplugged, a summer series at three voter-protected natural areas hosted by Oregon Humanities and Metro regional government. The series builds off of Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project, which offers Oregon nonprofits free discussion-based programs led by some of the state’s most respected scholars.
Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette believes that partnering with Oregon Humanities is a great way to bring people with differing perspectives together. “Some of our communities need a lot of work,” she says, “and I think we got where we are by not expanding the conversation.”
The series kicked off on July 21 at Riverfront Park in Milwaukie with Nan Laurence, a senior planner for the City of Eugene, leading a discussion about rethinking downtown. Next up on August 11 is musician Tim DuRoche, who will be exploring the relationship between jazz and community building at Cooper Mountain Nature Park in Beaverton. Finally, on September 22 Portland State University professor Veronica Dujon will discuss natural resource use and preservation at Graham Oaks Nature Park in Wilsonville.
All events begin at 1 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Event organizers recommend bringing a picnic lunch. Metro will provide the pie.
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Oregon Humanities magazine examines topics of broad public interest from a variety of perspectives and approaches. Recent issues of this publication have focused on stuff, nostalgia, and civility. Through good and thoughtful writing, Oregon Humanities magazine enriches our understanding of important subjects and stimulates conversation and reflection among readers, their friends, families, colleagues, and neighbors.
For more than a decade Camas Davis has been a magazine editor and writer for national magazines such as National Geographic Adventure and Saveur, and local publications such as Portland Monthly, Edible Portland, and Mix. In 2009, she traveled to France to study butchery. Upon her return, she founded the Portland Meat Collective, a traveling butchery school.
Eric Gold is a freelance writer in Portland.
J. David Santen Jr. has written about books, business, the environment, and communities for the Oregonian, the Portland Business Journal, and other publications. He lives in Portland.
Jill Owens works in marketing for Powell’s Books, where interviewing authors is the most interesting part of her job. She’s originally from the South but has lived in Oregon for eleven years and is here to stay.
Photographer Jim Lommasson received the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for Shadow Boxers: Sweat, Sacrifice & the Will to Survive in American Boxing Gyms. Previous publications include Oaks Park Pentimento. His photographs have been widely exhibited in museums and galleries.
John Frohnmayer is chair of the Oregon Humanities board of directors.
Margot Minardi is an assistant professor of history and humanities at Reed College, and the author of Making Slavery History: Abolitionism and the Politics of Memory in Massachusetts (2010). She is currently working on a history of the nineteenth-century American peace movement.