An overview of our programs.
Oregon Humanities Grants support public programs designed to explore the humanities in participatory and dynamic ways. We encourage applications from a broad range of nonprofit organizations in Oregon, including those that may not define their work as being based in the humanities. We especially welcome inquiries for projects that will attract diverse audiences, engage minds, and stimulate meaningful community dialogue.
The Conversation Project offers Oregon nonprofits free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. Conversations are facilitated by some of Oregon's most respected humanities scholars.
HIP is a free college humanities course for adults who do not have a college degree and who face financial barriers to continuing their education. Students read and discuss everything from Greek tragedies and philosophy to modern poetry and plays, experiencing new ideas and new ways of seeing themselves and the world. The course is taught by college faculty and meets twice a week in the evenings.
Idea Lab (formerly Happy Camp: Summer Honors Symposium) is a summer program where Oregon teens and teachers use the humanities to explore the pursuit of happiness and how it shapes our culture.
Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The series, which invites the public to think and talk together, reflects Oregon Humanities' emphasis on infusing important public conversations with critical thinking and fresh ideas. All Think & Drink events are free and open to the public.
In addition to ongoing regular programming, Oregon Humanities occasionally offers public lectures, panels, and reading and discussion series in communities around the state. We also work in partnership with other organizations to offer this type of programming.
Happy Camp was a summer honors symposium for bright, ambitious, curious teens who use the humanities to consider the pursuit of happiness and how it shapes our culture. In 2012, Happy Camp became Idea Lab.
Oregon Humanities no longer offers summer teacher institutes. We are proud of this program’s seventeen years of service to Oregon secondary school teachers throughout the state and are grateful to our generous funders and outstanding participants for their support.
What's happening in each of our programs
Letters of interest postmark deadline October 31, 2012
In 2012, Oregon Humanities Public Program Grants funded programs that brought together returning veterans and civilians to better understand life after war, engaged rural Oregonians in discussions about the history of local social movements, explored the connections between classic... More
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The Conversation Project
The Conversation Project
What is the Conversation Project?
The Conversation Project offers Oregon nonprofits free, humanities-based public discussion programs about provocative issues and ideas. In the first three years of the program, more than 140 nonprofits across the state... More
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Humanity in Perspective Overview
HIP in Portland
Oregon Humanities and Reed College jointly present a free public program to provide economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals in the Portland-metro area the opportunity to study the humanities in a two-semester, college-level course. Both... More
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Idea Lab 2013
A summer institute for high school students and teachers
Idea Lab is a three-day residential institute where twenty-four Oregon high school teachers and over 150 rising seniors from across the state explore the pursuit of happiness through workshops, lectures, films, and discussions.
2013 Oregon Humanities Idea Lab Summer Institute will... More
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Listen to Past Think & Drink Conversations
Did you miss one of our happy hour conversations? You can find the audio here.
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"Being Human/Human Being" series at University of Oregon Humanities Center
Oregon Humanities is cosponsoring the University of Oregon Humanities Center‘s 2012-13 lecture series on the theme “Being Human/Human Being.” From November 2012 to May 2013, OHC will host several free lectures in Eugene and Portland, all featuring scholars who offer a fresh look at... More
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Become an Idea Lab Fellow
Moving forward, we will continue to serve Oregon teachers through Idea Lab (formerly Happy Camp: Summer Honors Symposium), founded in 2006, where Oregon teens and teachers gather at the University of Portland each summer for a weekend exploration of the pursuit of happiness.... More
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Program events on the horizon
The Geography of We
24 May 2013
Conversation Project: Slow Learners
25 May 2013
The Left Hand of Darkness
25 May 2013
Conversation Project: The Tranquil Dedication of a Lifetime
26 May 2013
Jonathan Haidt in Eugene
29 May 2013