Connect in Place

Maria Rodriguez

We’re hosting virtual conversations with people across the state on Tuesday evenings. Our aim is to create spaces, in this physically separated moment, for Oregonians to gather, connect, reflect, and talk with one another. Registration for each program closes at 3:00 p.m. Pacific the day of the event.

January 26: The Meaning of Climate Change

We live in a time of tremendous transformation as the reality of climate change and its effects on our communities become more apparent with every passing year. What is the meaning of this extraordinary moment in human history? Portland State University instructor David Osborn leads a discussion exploring different meanings of climate change and how our understanding of meaning relates to action. Read more or RSVP now.

February 9: Bias and Kids

Most people agree that children need healthy, loving, supportive environments to thrive. But biases can affect how we interact with the children in our lives in ways we may not even realize. By reflecting on our biases, we can be more aware of how we impact children’s perceptions of themselves and others. During our conversation, 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. Read more or RSVP now.

February 23: Growing Old in a Time of Uncertainty

No matter our age, we all hear and tell stories about growing older that reflect our own ideals and fears and the ideals and fears of our communities. This conversation is for people interested in exploring experiences of and obstacles to aging well in this present time. Join facilitator Melissa Madenski as we look at the power of story in a conversation that will ask you to share your own experiences and ideas and listen to the perspectives of others in your community. Read more or RSVP now.

 

Each Tuesday’s conversations will take place simultaneously via Zoom. Here's a quick guide to getting started using Zoom.

If you have questions or suggestions about these conversations, please contact Rachel Bernstein at r.bernstein@oregonhumanities.org.

We know that COVID-19 affects individuals and communities differently, so we’re working with our facilitators to develop online conversations that are relevant and responsive. Each week, we will present opportunities to join a conversation on a particular topic, to reflect on and share your experience, to listen to others, and to stay connected during this time of uncertainty and change.

Throughout this developing series of conversations, we will partner with organizations across Oregon to engage with and respond to local communities. We will also host conversations for affinity groups and explore statewide conversations. For now, we will aim to keep the number of participants in each conversation below twenty so that everyone will have a chance to speak and be heard.

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