The Conversation Project

Maria Rodriguez

Since March 2020, we have cancelled all Conversation Projects and are not rescheduling or accepting new requests, nor offering them to organizations online (as of yet). We are reimagining formats and partnerships, and doing our best to plan for these unprecedented times. Please check back as avenues to host conversation-based programming open up in our future.

Currently staff and facilitators are offering Connect in Place, an interactive online program that centers the needs for conversation and connection within specific communities and across the state. We would love for partners to join us and invite their community members to these online events. If you have questions, please reach out to Rachel Bernstein ( if you are interested in discussing partnership and outreach support for these upcoming virtual conversations.


The Conversation Project brings people together to talk about their beliefs and experiences around timely and important issues and ideas.

Oregon Humanities partners with community organizations, small and large nonprofits, universities, community colleges, government agencies, corporations, and others around the state to host Conversation Project programs. 

It works like this: Organizations apply to host a program on a topic from our Conversation Project catalog and receive resources such as communications materials, program descriptions, evaluations and other to support each stage of the program. An Oregon Humanities facilitator leads a ninety-minute conversation in the organization's community that gets participants talking with each other as a way to reflect on and learn about important issues and ideas. 


What makes the Conversation Project’s events unique? 


Our goal is to connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus. By creating intentional spaces for conversation, people and groups explore why they think what they do, share stories with one another that build trust, and make stronger connections and commitments to the issues that affect their communities.

Conversation Projects events differ from lecture- or presentation-based community events. Rather than attending to learn from a presenter, participants are invited to engage with and talk with each other.


Interested in hosting a conversation in your community?


Take a look at the program descriptions in the catalog. The Conversation Project has more than forty progams to choose from on topics such as race, place, civic life, environment, and many more. 

Learn more about how to host a Conversation Project event and complete the online host application when you’ve decided what programs you might want to bring to your community. 

To find upcoming Conversation Project programs in your area, visit our online calendar.


Want to become a Conversation Project facilitator?


If you’re interested in hearing about opportunities to be a Conversation Project facilitator, sign up to receive our enewsletter. We’ll send information about upcoming events and opportunities once a month. 

Questions? Contact Rachel Bernstein at

The Conversation Project is made possible thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Kinsman Foundation, NW Natural, and The Standard.



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