Fear and Belonging: 2023–24 Consider This Series

October 2023 through summer 2024

Kathe Kollwitz, "Solidarity," 1932

This year’s Consider This series will explore what brings us together and what drives us apart. Who is included in our democracy, and who is left out? Why do we sometimes fear people who are different from us or don’t belong to the same groups we do? What leads people to embrace hate and violence, and what might lead them in other directions? 

In this series, we’ll look at communities large and small, including the families we’re born into and the ones we choose; clubs, gangs, and societies; and ethnicities, faiths, and nations. Expect to hear about the challenges of this moment in history, globally and locally. 


2023–24 Conversations

October 11: Casey Parks, reporter covering gender and family and author of Diary of a Misfit
Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland 
| Video

November 6: Andrea Cano and Fred Grewe on getting older and staying connected
AllCare Health, Grants Pass | Video
Note: We were excited to present this conversation as a live-stream for audiences beyond Grants Pass. However, we experienced multiple technical failures during the event, and as a result the audio is so poor it is difficult to follow. We apologize for the condition of the recording.

March 13: Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries
Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland | Video

April 3: Eli Saslow, reporter covering homelessness and addiction for the New York Times
Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland Video

May 22: Humans, Land, and Animals with Bobby Fossek, Erica Berry, and Wendy Bingham
Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton Video


This series is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture initiative, as well as support from the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Susan Hammer Fund of Oregon Community Foundation, The Standard, Tonkon Torp LLP, and the City of Portland’s We Are Better Together program.

The logo of the National Endowment for the HumanitiesThe words "United We Stand" rendered in sans serif text with a blue to red gradient


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