Filmmaker Ifanyi Bell reflects on the making of “Future: Portland 2”
Theater, documentaries, historic exhibits, lectures, and tours will explore will explore the history and legacy of Vanport. Oregon Humanities is a cosponsor of this event.
Watch an excerpt from the film and then join the discussion about how rising housing prices are displacing Portland's black community. Oregon Humanities is a cosponsor of this event.
Mary Thompson, a 2016 graduate of Humanity in Perspective—a college humanities course for adults facing barriers to their education—shares what the program has meant to her and what she hopes for the future in her address to the 2017 graduating class.
An innovative program connects physical activity and memory to improve the health of Portland communities affected by change. An article by Marty Hughley with photos by Tojo Andrianarivo
The things four refugees brought with them when they came to Oregon. Story by Caitlin Dwyer, photos by Kim Oanh Nguyen
Produced by Sika Stanton and Donnell Alexander for Oregon Humanities, this film reveals the story of a canyon in Jefferson County, Oregon that was renamed for John A. Brown in 2014, one of the first Black homesteaders in Oregon.
Author Zahir Janmohamed and photographer Tojo Andrianarivo profile student refugees living and thriving in Portland despite uncertainty.
Every quarter counts in subsidized senior housing. An essay by Josephine Cooper
A Chinese American woman searches for belonging in the country of her grandparents. An essay by Jessica Yen
A conversation about the Great Migration with Isabel Wilkerson and Rukaiyah Adams
Oregon Humanities magazine editor Kathleen Holt on the power--and privilege--of rooting oneself to places
Writer Guy Maynard on a little-known history of a Southern Oregon community during World War II where prisoners of war were more welcome than US military of color
A conversation about the Great Migration's and the civil right movement with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson
Writer Helen Hill on consequences she faced after leaving her beloved home in the hands of others
A prose poem by Anis Mogjani
An essay by Brian Doyle
Journalist Brent Walth on how legal measures targeting Latino Oregonians reflect fears of change.
The long-persecuted Roma people begin to speak out. By Lisa Loving
Remembering a friend from a hospice house. An excerpt from What the Dying Have Taught Me about Living: The Awful Amazing Grace of God by Fred Grewe, an Oregon Humanities Talking about Dying community discussion leader.
Copping out at an uptown slumber party. An essay by Dionisia Morales
Embracing grief in the wilderness. An essay by Michael Heald
Readers write about Safe
Bobby Arellano on waiting for an alcoholic father to stand up
Civic leaders describe the loss of Portland's strong black communities and the hope of restoring them in the future in a video by Ifanyi Bell.
Torn between the pull of family and the pull of home. An essay by Gail Wells
Filmmaker Ifanyi Bell writes about growing up underestimated in Portland
Native language is just the first thing an immigrant family abandons in order to become American. An excerpt from Little Big Man: In Search of My Asian Self by Alex Tizon
Norina Beck writes about losing her faith and finding her nose.
Not starting and starting again. An essay by Brian Doyle
A conversation with writer William T. Vollmann on privacy, surveillance, and hope
Linguist Edwin Battistella on pronouns and the myth of a "me generation"
Joanna Rose on a writer's road trip gone wrong
Parent and child, strange and baffling creatures that are part, yet no part, of each other. An essay by Daniel Rivas
Readers write about "Me"
Bette Lynch Husted on imperfect small-town life in Pendleton.
Debra Gwartney on learning to love the isolation of her adopted home on the McKenzie River.
Monica Drake on raising a family in an urban neighborhood instead of a more serene but less vibrant rural place.
Photographer Jim Lommasson collaborates with war veterans on a gallery exhibit and book project that look at life for soldiers after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Connecting to the places where we live. An essay by Wendy Willis
The boundaries between "what was" and "what is." An essay by Dionisia Morales
Walidah Imarisha on revealing the stories and struggles of Oregon’s African American communities.
A conversation between Gregory Rodriguez and Tomas Jimenez about American identity, race, immigration, and ideology.
Bobbie Willis Soeby on when skin lies and when skin tells the truth
Muslim immigrants vie for citizenship in the early twentieth century. By Kambiz Ghaneabassiri
For sports fans, it's more than just a game. An essay by Guy Maynard
Rajneeshpuram has come and gone: what keep believers bound to one another? By Marion Goldman
The striking difference between travel and escape. An essay by Apricot Irving
The history and future of Slavic refugees in Oregon. By Susan W. Hardwick