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Apply Now for Humanity in Perspective

Applications due July 17, 2015
Apply Now for Humanity in Perspective

Would you like to explore challenging ideas about power, justice, knowledge, identity, and community in a supporting and engaging environment? Oregon Humanities is now accepting applications for Humanity in Perspective, a free, college-level course for curious, ambitious adults living on low incomes.

Over eight months, HIP students improve their writing, communication, and critical thinking skills by studying philosophy, literature, ancient Greek and American history, politics, and culture. The course is offered free of charge; books, bus tickets, and stipends for child care are provided.

HIP meets two evenings each week from September 2015 to April 2016 at Oregon Humanities’ office in downtown Portland. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and willing to commit to attending class. Applicants are not required to have a high school diploma or GED. Those who have a household income of more than $23,600 for an individual or $48,500 for a family of four are not eligible.

Applications are due Friday, July 17, 2015. Challenge yourself. Apply online today.

Questions about Humanity in Perspective? Read more about the course or contact Kyle Weismann-Yee at (503) 241-0543, ext. 112, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Think & Drink with Eula Biss

Author of "On Immunity: An Inoculation" in Portland July 30

Eula BissOregon Humanities’ 2015 Think & Drink series continues July 30 with a conversation with writer Eula Biss at the Alberta Rose Theatre.

Biss is the author of On Immunity: An Inoculation, an investigation of fears and anxieties surrounding vaccination. The book, which Biss says was inspired by conversations with other mothers while pregnant with her first child, was named one of the ten best books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review. An excerpt from the book is available online here. The Chicago writer’s other works include Notes from No Man’s Land, a collection of essays on race and identity in America, and The Balloonists, a collection of narrative prose poems.

Think & Drink sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. At this event, Biss will discuss vaccination and immunity, science and fear, and choosing between personal belief and public benefit with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities.

The event will take place July 30, 2015, at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Portland, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian. General admission tickets are $10 each ($25 for preferred seating) and may be purchased at albertarosetheatre.com, by phone at (503) 764-4131, or in person at the Alberta Rose box office.

The 2015 Think & Drink series is supported by our media sponsor, Willamette Week, and funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Thanks also to our communications partners for this event: City Club of Portland and Literary Arts.

Coming Home

A weekly reading and discussion program for veterans and spouses/partners of veterans in Salem

Salem-area veterans and spouses/partners of veterans are invited to attend Coming Home, a free weekly reading and discussion program at the Salem Vet Center July 16 through August 13, 2015. This is an opportunity to reflect on the military experience, talk about the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from active duty to civilian life, and create a sense of community among those sharing similar experiences.

A small group (fifteen people or fewer) will meet once a week for five weeks; dinner will be provided at each session. The group will discuss articles and stories about military service throughout history. The discussions will be led by a trained facilitator who is also a veteran. Space is limited and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Coming Home will take place Fridays, July 16 through August 13, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m at the Salem Vet Center, 2645 Portland Road NE, Suite 250, Salem.

To learn more about the program and register, please contact Rosy Macias at (503) 362-9911, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

This program has received major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Standing Together initiative, created to promote understanding of the military experience and to support returning veterans.

Brave New World: Achieving Gender Equity in the Performing Arts

Oregon Humanities and Profile Theatre present a conversation moderated by Oregon Humanities board member Kimberly Howard about issues of gender equity across performing arts disciplines. The event takes place Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Artists Repertory Theatre’s Morrison Stage, 1515 SW Morrison St., Portland. Panelists include Adriana Baer, artistic director of Profile Theatre; Pat Zagelow, executive director of Friends of Chamber Music; and Jane Vogel, founder of Age & Gender Equity in the Arts. The discussion is free, and tickets may be reserved online.

Stream Our Think & Drink with Walidah Imarisha

Walidah Imarisha - photo by Kim NguyenEducator, writer, organizer, and spoken word artist Walidah Imarisha joined Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, at the Alberta Rose on May 21, 2015, for a conversation about connections between science fiction and social change, and continuity and resistance in the history of Oregon’s black communities.

Imarisha is the author of Scars/Stars, a collection of poetry, and editor of Octavia’s Brood, an anthology of social justice-driven science fiction—a genre she terms “visionary fiction.” She directed the documentary film Finding Common Ground in New Orleans, performs as part of the spoken word duo Good Sista Bad Sista, and since 2009 has led one of Oregon Humanities’ most popular Conversation Project discussions, “Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History.”

Here are audio and video from the event. For more information about our 2015 Think & Drink series, visit the Think & Drink page.

 

Think & Drink with Walidah Imarisha

Oregon Humanities’ 2015 Think & Drink series continues Thursday, May 21 with educator, writer, organizer, and spoken word artist Walidah Imarisha from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Please note: this is a change from the earlier publicized times) at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Portland. Click here to purchase tickets. If you have problems with the Alberta Rose ticketing site, call (503) 764-4131 for assistance.

Walidah Imarisha’s resume is too broad to sum up in a sentence. She is the author of Angels with Dirty Faces, a nonfiction work on prison abolition, and Scars/Stars, a collection of poetry, and editor of Octavia’s Brood, an anthology of social justice-driven science fiction. She is an educator who has taught at Oregon colleges and universities. She directed the documentary film Finding Common Ground in New Orleans. She has performed as part of the spoken word duo Good Sista Bad Sista. And since 2009 she has led one of Oregon Humanities’ most popular Conversation Project discussions, “Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History.”

At Think & Drink, Imarisha will talk about continuity and resistance in the history of Oregon’s black communities, alternatives to incarceration, and science fiction and social change with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities.

General admission tickets are $10 each or $25 for preferred seating, and are available online at albertarosetheatre.com. Tickets to all events in the 2015 Think & Drink series are also available. Read more about the 2015 series here.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Audio from the event will be streamed live on this page.

Think & Drink is a series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The 2015 Think & Drink series is supported by our media sponsor, Willamette Week, and funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Thanks to our communications partners for this event with Walidah Imarisha: City Club of Portland, Bitch Media, Oregon Historical Society, and Portland State University Black Studies department.

Announcing 2015 Public Program Grant Awards

Oregon Humanities grants fund community events across the state.

Photo of 2014 grantee Fishtrap Summer Gathering by Leon WerdingerIn February, the Oregon Humanities board of directors awarded $59,900 in grants to thirteen nonprofit organizations from around the state. These grants support public programs that will spark meaningful conversations around compelling subjects that affect Oregonians.

This year’s grants will fund programs on subjects such as criminalization, cognitive differences, the history of Union County, and the 1948 Vanport Flood. Read more about our 2015 public program grant recipients.

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Watch Think & Drink with Barry Lopez

Oregon Humanities’ 2015 Think & Drink series kicked off February 5 with renowned essayist and fiction writer Barry Lopez in conversation with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities. Catch audio and video from the sold-out event below.

 

Think & Drink with Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez

Oregon Humanities’ 2015 Think & Drink series will kick off Thursday, February 5 with renowned essayist and fiction writer Barry Lopez from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Portland. Click here to purchase tickets. If you have problems with the Alberta Rose ticketing site, call (503) 764-4131 for assistance.

Although Lopez is best known for nature and travel writing, he has also written widely on issues of racial and social justice. At Think & Drink, Lopez will discuss reconciliation, resistance, justice, and place with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities.

“If I were asked what I want to accomplish as a writer, I would say it’s to contribute to a literature of hope,” Lopez wrote in the introduction to his essay collection About This Life.

Lopez is the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award; Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist; and eight works of fiction, including Light Action in the Caribbean, Field Notes, and Resistance. His most recent books are Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, a reader’s dictionary of regional landscape terms, which he edited with Debra Gwartney, and Outside, a collection of six stories with engravings by Barry Moser.

General admission tickets are $10 each or $25 for preferred seating, and are available online at albertarosetheatre.com. Tickets to all events in the 2015 Think & Drink series, featuring Walidah Imarisha and Eula Biss, are also available. Read more about the 2015 series here.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Audio and video from the event will be streamed live on this page.

Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The 2015 Think & Drink series is supported by our media sponsor, Willamette Week, and funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Our community partners for this event are the City Club of Portland, Oregon Historical Society, Literary Arts and the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts.

Photo of Barry Lopez by David Liitschwager

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2015 Think & Drink Series

Tickets for all four Portland events available now.

Tickets are now available for Oregon Humanities’ 2015 Think & Drink series at Portland’s Alberta Rose Theatre. This year’s guests include Barry Lopez, Walidah Imarisha, and Eula Biss. General admission tickets are $10 each or $25 for the remaining three events in the series, and are available online at albertarosetheatre.com. Preferred seating tickets, which include guaranteed seats in the first five rows and admission to pre-show receptions, are also available, for $25 per event or $75 for all three.

Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. Think & Drink events take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. in Portland. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian. The 2015 Think & Drink series will feature the following guests:

  • February 5: Barry Lopez, author, essayist and fiction-writer. Lopez is the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award, Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist, and eight works of fiction, including Light Action in the Caribbean, Field Notes, and Resistance. His most recent books are Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, a reader’s dictionary of regional landscape terms, which he edited with Debra Gwartney, and Outside, a collection of six stories with engravings by Barry Moser. He lives on the McKenzie River near Finn Rock, Oregon. Our community partners for this event are the City Club of Portland, Oregon Historical Society, Literary Arts and the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts.

  • May 21: Walidah Imarisha, educator, writer, organizer, and spoken word artist. For the past five years, Imarisha has led Oregon Humanities Conversation Project programs on Oregon black history, alternatives to incarceration, and the history of hip hop. She has taught in Portland State University’s black studies department, Oregon State University’s women’s studies department, and Southern New Hampshire University’s English department, and is the author of the poetry collection Scars/Stars and the forthcoming book Angels with Dirty Faces, which focuses on criminal justice. She is also coeditor with adrienne maree brown of the forthcoming Octavia’s Brood, an anthology of radical science & speculative fiction written by organizers & activists. She lives in Portland.

  • July 30: Eula Biss, author of On Immunity: An Inoculation, a book that explores cultural myths about immunity, vaccination, filth, and purity. Her other books are Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays and The Balloonists, a collection of poems. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction as well as in The Believer, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Third Coast, and Harper’s. She lives in Chicago.

  • Fall Guest to be announced.

Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The 2015 Think & Drink series is supported by our media sponsor, Willamette Week, and funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Reading and Discussion Programs for Portland-Area Veterans

Portland-area veterans and others who are interested in exploring the effects of war are invited to register for two upcoming programs.

How War Affects Us
Monthly program, open to all, begins February 3
Portland-area veterans, family members of veterans, and anyone who wants to understand the effects of war are invited to register for How War Affects Us, a free monthly discussion program at the American Legion Post 134 in Northeast Portland February 3 through July 7. Our country has recently been involved in two of the longest wars in our history. This group will explore what that means and how it affects us as individuals, as communities, and as a nation.

A group of between twenty and twenty-five people will meet once a month for six months. A meal will be provided at each session. The first five sessions will include readings and discussions about military service and the experience of war, readings from guest writers, and short writing workshops. The sixth session will be a public reading of participants’ writings. The program will be led by a trained facilitator who is also a veteran. Space is limited and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The program will take place the first Tuesday of each month from February 3 through July 7, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 134, 2104 NE Alberta St., Portland.

To learn more about the program and register, please contact Sean Davis at (503) 679-3885 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

On Coming Home
Weekly program, open to veterans and families, begins February 21
Portland-area veterans and family members of veterans are invited to attend On Coming Home, a free weekly reading and discussion program at the Portland VA Medical Center February 21 through March 21, 2015. This is an opportunity to reflect on the military experience, talk about the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from active duty to civilian life, and create a sense of community among those sharing similar experiences.

A small group (fifteen people or fewer) will meet once a week for five weeks; lunch will be provided at each session. We will discuss articles and stories of military service throughout history. The discussions will be led by a trained facilitator who has experience working with veterans. Space is limited and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The program will take place Saturdays, February 21 through March 21, 2015, from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Portland VA Medical Center, 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Road.

To learn more about the program and register, please contact Valdez Bravo at (503) 220-8262, ext. 53082, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

These programs are offered by Oregon Humanities in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council and eleven other state humanities councils across the country. The program has received major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Standing Together initiative, created to promote understanding of the military experience and to support returning veterans.

Stream Our Think & Drink with Cheryl Strayed

On October 23, 2014, author Cheryl Strayed joined Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland for a conversation about the experience of having her private life become public through a best-selling book and major motion picture. Click here to watch a video of the event.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, the novel Torch, and the essay collection Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. Wild has stayed on The New York Times Best Seller List for more than a year, and a film adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon will be released in December. Strayed will discuss the experience of having her private life become public through a best-selling book and major motion picture.

The 2014 Think & Drink series is supported by our media sponsors, Oregon Public Broadcasting and Willamette Week, and funding from Columbia Bank and the Oregon Cultural Trust: Oregonians investing in Oregon’s arts, heritage, and humanities.

Ways to Work with Oregon Humanities

In addition to our program offerings, Oregon Humanities offers other resources and customizable program formats for organizations looking to explore challenging questions and foster connections between people in their organization or community. 

Here are some of the ways we can work together. If you want to learn more, fill out the form below and we’ll get in touch with you.

Workplace Programs
Our staff leads workplace programs on a fee-for-service basis. Designed both for nonprofit and for-profit environments, these programs often happen during the work day and can involve full organizations or smaller teams. They can be continuing education opportunities or help with team building by sparking new ways of thinking and working together.

Facilitation Training
Our staff has many years of experience training people to plan, convene, and lead a wide range of public discussion programs, and can help your organization, educational institution, or community develop skills in these areas.

Communications Partnerships
We work with organizations whose programming supports our mission and connects us to new audiences. We offer these communications partnerships, which include marketing, outreach, and public relations support, to organizations that do not have a pending or current Public Program Grant from Oregon Humanities.

Collaborative Programs
We offer public programs in collaboration with partner organizations in order to explore new topics and serve new and shared audiences. For these programs, each partner organization contributes specific planning and marketing resources.

Facilitated Roundtable Discussions
Our staff leads roundtable discussions primarily on a fee-for-service basis and on a variety of topics for public audiences or specific groups. We are happy to design customized single programs or series based on your interests and community.

If any of these options are of interest to you, please take a couple of minutes to complete our online inquiry form.

Programs

Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians with ideas that change lives and transform communities. Oregon Humanities programs, events, grants, and publications encourage Oregonians to learn about and discuss social, cultural, and public issues.

    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.
    Humanity in Perspective (HIP) is a college-level humanities course offered in Portland. HIP provides economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to study the humanities with the guidance of Reed College professors.
    Idea Lab is a summer institute for Oregon teens and teachers who use the humanities to consider the pursuit of happiness and how it shapes our culture.

    Oregon Humanities magazine is a triannual publication devoted to exploring important and timely topics from a variety of perspectives and to stimulating reflection and public conversation.
    Public Program Grants provide financial support for nonprofit organizations across Oregon to conceive and implement public humanities programs.

    Think & Drink is a happy-hour conversation series that brings Portlanders together to discuss provocative ideas.

Oregon Humanities also convenes reading and discussion groups, hosts panel presentations on topics of public relevance and concern, and partners with community organizations on special projects.