Jackson County Library Services presents a panel discussion with Jackson County Clerk Christine Walker, Associate Professor of Political Science William Hughes from Southern Oregon University, and Cathy Shaw a successful campaign manager, three-time mayor of Ashland, and President of the Jackson County Library District Board of Directors. This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities.
One week after election day, Adam Davis will facilitate an online community conversation about the results of federal, state, and local elections. This statewide conversation will focus less on the numbers than on the significance of these results for ourselves and our communities.
One week before Election Day, New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie will talk with Oregon Humanities about democracy, moments of transition, and the significance of this particularly charged political moment. Bouie has been an observer of political culture and someone whose work has shaped culture—in print, on television, on twitter, and even through his photography—and as we talk about the political moment, we'll also explore the relationship between politics and culture.
Join us October 27 for a conversation on voting and democratic transitions with New York Times opinion columnist and CBS News political analyst Jamelle Bouie.
Think & Drink goes online for a special conversation with US Senator Ron Wyden and journalist Clive Thompson on democracy and the internet, May 13 at 4:30 p.m.
Jyothi Natarajan talks with Oregonians finding connection while protesting oppression in Kashmir from afar.
Carolina Gómez-Montoya writes about the precarious and disempowered place adjunct instructors occupy in institutions that have come to depend on their labor.
Astrid Melton reflects on her East German identity after the fall of the wall and reunification.
Dear Stranger is a letter-exchange project that connects Oregonians through the mail to share experiences, beliefs, and ideas. This year's exchange runs through July 31.
Join former Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer, Gresham City Councilor Eddy Morales, and Ana del Rocío, executive director of Oregon Futures Lab, for a conversation about running for and holding public office.
Join us January 22 for an onstage conversation on democracy, justice, and the American court system.
Join us for an onstage conversation about voting rights and the future of democracy with Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. Meade is a formerly homeless returning citizen who overcame many obstacles to eventually lead the FRRC to a historic victory in 2018 with the successful passage of Amendment 4, a grassroots citizen’s initiative which restored voting rights to over 1.4 million Floridians with past felony convictions. He is also chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy and a graduate of Florida International University College of Law. At this event, Meade will appear in conversation with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities. Think & Drink is an onstage conversation series that explores provocative ideas and fresh perspectives. Come prepared to listen, watch, and engage. We invite you to stay after the program for snacks and conversation. Minors are welcome when accompanied by an adult. The Alberta Rose Theatre is accessible by Trimet bus lines 17, 70, and 72. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
The 2019–20 Think & Drink series, Making Democracy, kicks off with the executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.
Four onstage conversations with activists, writers and civic leaders about how we make decisions together in our communities
The United States’ long history of turning citizens against one another. An excerpt from Joshua Reeves' Citizen Spies: The Long Rise of America’s Surveillance Society, reprinted with permission from New York University Press.
A Sanders delegate's brush with national party politics. An essay by Valdez Bravo
Can letting our children roughhouse lead to a better democracy? An essay by Sarah Gilbert
A month before Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, I ensnared myself in stupid, late-night hijinks that landed me on front pages nationwide and nearly in prison in the rural Midwest.