Connect in Place

Charles Deluvio

Although our face-to-face programming is temporarily on hold, Oregon Humanities remains committed to offering opportunities for people to talk, listen, and learn. We’re hosting virtual conversations with communities around the state each Tuesday evening. Our aim is to create spaces, in this physically separated moment, for Oregonians to gather, connect, reflect, and talk with one another.

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.

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 or Jade Schey at j.schey@oregonhumanities.org.

 

June 2

7:00 to 8:30 p.m. PDTClick here to RSVP

  • Sexual Violence and the Meaning of Justice with claire barrera
    In this conversation we will explore the potential meanings of justice, specifically in instances of sexual violence. Who defines it, how is it achieved, and when do we know we’ve succeeded? Read more about this conversation and this facilitator.
  • What Is a Creative Priority? with MOsley WOtta
    How can we justify painting a painting when we don’t know where our food is going to come from? What is our collective and personal obligation to creativity during a significant upheaval? Join MOsley WOtta for a conversation about getting creative during the apocalypse. Read more about this conversation and this facilitator.
     

June 9

This Place Now
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. PDT. Click here to RSVP.

These are uncertain and undetermined times which call for, as Rebecca Solnit has written, “an imagination adequate to the possibilities and the strangeness and dangers on this earth in this moment.” How has where you are affected your experience of the pandemic? How have you seen yourself and your community adapt? What can you imagine recovery might look like? This virtual community conversation will connect Oregonians to reflect on our resilience, to compare notes about our experiences during this pandemic, to share and learn about the places we live, and to imagine what healing is needed for the places we share. This week’s conversations are for people living in the Central Oregon, Southern Oregon, and the Willamette Valley.
 

June 16

7:00 to 8:30 p.m. PDT. Click here to RSVP.

  • Conspiracy Theories: Truth, Facts, and Tin Foil Hats with Jennifer Roberts
    Why do we gravitate toward conspiracy theories to make sense of the world? What human need do these stories fill? In this program, we’ll explore some conspiracy theories old and new, famous and obscure. Read more about this program and facilitator.
     
  • Housing and Belonging with Paul Susi
    This conversation will explore common assumptions and perspectives about the experience of houselessness/homelessness and seek to answer the question, How do we decide who “belongs” in our community? Read more about this program and facilitator.
     

June 23

This Place Now
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. PDT. Click here to RSVP.

These are uncertain and undetermined times which call for, as Rebecca Solnit has written, “an imagination adequate to the possibilities and the strangeness and dangers on this earth in this moment.” How has where you are affected your experience of the pandemic? How have you seen yourself and your community adapt? What can you imagine recovery might look like? This virtual community conversation will connect Oregonians to reflect on our resilience, to compare notes about our experiences during this pandemic, to share and learn about the places we live, and to imagine what healing is needed for the places we share. This week’s conversations are for people living in the Columbia River Gorge, in Eastern Oregon, and on the Oregon Coast.

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