An excerpt from Don Waters' memoir These Boys and Their Fathers
Madeline Baars Brandt writes about her experience of driving girls to visit their incarcerated mothers.
Tara L. Campbell on searching for the roots of her daughter's incessant rocking and her own need to stay moving.
Readers write about Push.
Tina Ontiveros writes about the different paths her life and her sister's have taken since their shared childhood experiences of poverty and abandonment.
Kathleen Holt writes about seeing herself reflected in her son's fierce passions.
Between writing, housekeeping, and mothering, my life is full. But I still feel pressure to make my mark, to show I was here. An essay by Jamie Passaro.
An interview with Ezra Marcos Ayala, a photographer and father of three living in Ashland.
Emilly Prado explores the stories of three families in the small rural border town of Nyssa, Oregon, and how immigration policy changes have affected their lives.
Editor Kathleen Holt writes about the settling and unsettling of an aging parent.
Samantha Bakall writes about an innovative pilot project that pairs families in need of housing with Portland homeowners who have a little land to spare.
Heather Arndt Anderson writes about finding connections to her Volga German ancestors through recipes and semi-poisonous berries.
Mark Putney writes about finding belonging in a Willamette Valley hazelnut orchard after leaving the wilds of Kodiak, Alaska.
Renee Soasey writes about reckoning with her father's life and approaching death.
During our conversation led by Verónika Nuñez and Kyrié Kellett, 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.
How Do Our Prejudices Affect Our Children? This event will be held in Spanish
In this conversation, facilitator Astrid Castro will ask participants to explore questions such as, What role do race and racism play in your family? What are the personal experiences that inform how you talk to adopted children in your life about where they are from? Where do you need to grow to be the best resource you can be for children who are adopted?
Editor Kathleen Holt on children, caution, and turning toward the struggle for justice.
Dionisia Morales on teaching kids to be wary of their surroundings in an excerpt from her book, "Homing Instincts"
Catherine Johnson writes about attending a conservative convention in an effort to understand her mother's politics.
Editor Kathleen Holt on the immeasurable obligations between parents and children
Wendy N. Wagner on what we owe our children
Readers write about Owe
How Recipes can Preserve History and Nourish Community
Living With Debt
Melissa Madenski writes about leaving her home of forty years and what binds us to the places in our lives.
Marissa Levy writes about mental illness exacerbated by stresses created by social media and academic pressure.
Kathleen Holt on eroding the system of patriarchal oppression as a parent.
Jamie Passaro on searching for the cause of her daughter's debilitating tantrums
Readers write about Harm
The Crook County Foundation hosts this public forum on current events and issues happening locally, regionally, and at the state level. This is an Oregon Humanities grant-funded event.
This fall, Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario will present "My Brother's Keeper," a series of eight documentary film screenings exploring the lives of marginalized peoples and issues such as mental health, addiction, and mass incarceration. Each screening will be followed by a presentation and Q&A session by a local nonprofit or government agency.
Mixed-Race and Interracial Families in Oregon’s Past and Future
Photographer Ezra Marcos Ayala reflects on the making of “To Live More Free”
Adam Davis on radical hospitality
Sal Sahme writes about finding his spiritual path as a boy on First Mesa.
Readers write about Claim
Mixed-Race and Interracial Families in Oregon's Past and Future
Family and Community Stories
The things four refugees brought with them when they came to Oregon. Story by Caitlin Dwyer, photos by Kim Oanh Nguyen
Lessons about men’s and women’s work divide a boy from his community. An essay by Ryan Stroud
Going natural despite family and societal expectations. An essay by Kimberly Melton
Family and Community Stories
Mixed-Race and Interracial Families in Oregon's Past and Future
Free screening of the documentary Mothering Inside about the effects of incarceration on families
Oregon Humanities magazine editor Kathleen Holt on sexism, power, and exclusion on her son's co-ed soccer team
Writer Donnell Alexander and photographer Kim Nguyen on one undocumented family's long wait for adequate health care
A Chinese American woman searches for belonging in the country of her grandparents. An essay by Jessica Yen
Writer Bobbie Willis Soeby on raising her sons to not rape
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
A conversation about the Great Migration's and the civil right movement with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson
In the face of loss, cleaning hotel rooms and a lifelong friend offer solace. An essay by Meryl Williams
Writer Helen Hill on consequences she faced after leaving her beloved home in the hands of others
Hope and a history of tragedy live together in a Cowlitz woman's son. An essay by Christine Dupres
Readers write about Root
Mothers give advice to their daughters about living bravely in an unsafe world in this film produced by Sika Stanton for Oregon Humanities.
Editor Kathleen Holt on inertia
Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, writes about cultural inheritance.
Loretta Stinson on deciding to leave an abusive marriage for good
Finding the horizon in a life rocked with waves. An essay by Jason Arias
Readers write about Move
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.
Editor Kathleen Holt on keeping her daughter safe in a place filled with threats of violence, disappointment, and despair
Eula Biss writes about how a threat becomes a plague in this excerpt from her book On Immunity.
Copping out at an uptown slumber party. An essay by Dionisia Morales
Embracing grief in the wilderness. An essay by Michael Heald
Writer Wendy Willis's open letter to the students of Columbia University Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board, with a special note to her daughters.
Readers write about Safe
Jaimie Passaro talks about parenting through bipolar episodes with Oregon Humanities editor Kathleen Holt
Reporter Putsata Reang and photographer Kim Nguyen share their stories of leaving their home countries as refugees, meeting as students at the University of Oregon, and returning to Southeast Asia as journalists. A film produced by Dawn Jones for Oregon Humanities.
Hearing lessons from a bomb. An essay by David Naimon
Editor Kathleen Holt on the aftermath of a traumatizing fire
Bobby Arellano on waiting for an alcoholic father to stand up
Jamie Passaro writes about parenting—and being parented—through mental illness.
The bumpy repair of a family after a sudden loss. An essay by Melissa Madenski
Torn between the pull of family and the pull of home. An essay by Gail Wells
Editor Kathleen Holt on parenting as performance
Writer Wendy Willis ponders which race to check and which people to leave behind when asked about her racial and ethnic background.
When a new medication makes the Lois Ruskai Melina's mother more outgoing and impulsive, she must face a choice: Should she have her taken off the drug, even though she likes her better on it?
Readers Write about Quandary
I think often of the taste of my grandfather's grapes and of the meat from my father's knife. An essay by Hanna Neuschwander
Talking about epigenetics, adoption, faith, and clowns with Oregon Humanities magazine contributors
Why bother with history? Why bother at all? An essay by Robert Leo Heilman
Alex Tizon on how "Orientals" became "Asians." An excerpt from Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self
Colleen Kaleda writes about the hope and hearbreak of international adoption.
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
Editor Kathleen Holt on developing a capacity for solitude and a habit of self-reflection in her children
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"
Mitchell S. Jackson on the experience of growing up Black in North and Northeast Portland.
Monica Drake on raising a family in an urban neighborhood instead of a more serene but less vibrant rural place.
A woman tries to understand her brother's need to hoard. An essay by Dmae Roberts
Can letting our children roughhouse lead to a better democracy? An essay by Sarah Gilbert
An illness, a recovery, and a couple's uncertain future. An essay by Margaret Malone
Tragedy on a hot summer day. An essay by Monica Drake
Dionisia Morales looks back at her parents interracial marriage before the height of the Civil Rights Movement.
Bobbie Willis Soeby on when skin lies and when skin tells the truth
The unfamiliar offers its own rewards. An essay by Joanne Mulcahey
Two cousins try to revive the family circus with tragic results. By Susan Meyers
The stories of struggle, insecurity, and loss behind a successful writer's accomplishments. By Kim Stafford
Editor's note by Kathleen Holt
In a single day, a forty-year-old man finds himself unmarried and unemployed. What to do next? An essay by Dave Weich
In praise of forbidden looking. An essay by Scott Nadelson
In the designs on a Klikitat basket, a woman finds an unspoken link to her past. An essay by Christine Dupres
A wife looks to the Greeks when her husband is called away to war. An essay by Sarah Gilbert
The threat of divorce as the glue of marriage. An essay by Brian Doyle