Willamette University professor Emily Drew will lead participants in a conversation about the challenges to creating racially diverse, inclusive communities despite the accomplishments since the civil rights era.
Our readers' favorite articles and videos from the past year explore stories of identity, place, and belonging.
The 2018–19 Think & Drink series on Journalism and Justice continues with a conversation with reporter and novelist Omar El Akkad, author of American War.
Kim Stafford is Oregon’s ninth Poet Laureate.
Self Enhancement, Inc. presents Raoul Peck's film I Am Not Your Negro, followed by a panel discussion with Aisha Karefa-Smart, a niece of James Baldwin, and Darrais Carter, assistant professor of Black studies at Portland State university. This program is made possible in part by a Responsive Program Grant from Oregon Humanities.
Things that make you say O. Hm.
This free, facilitated reading group is part of PICA's World AIDS Day Program.
Robert Leo Heilman writes about trying and failing to save library services in Douglas County.
A conversation on criminalization, poverty, prisons, harm, and systems of accountability within the US criminal justice system with writer and educator Walidah Imarisha.
We were saddened to learn of the death of former Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears, who passed away July 20.
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.
Conversation Project leader, poet, and essayist Wendy Willis defends human fragility.
Novelist Laila Lalami on moving between languages to find her voice
Talking about Dying facilitator Jenny Sasser reads Stanley Kunitz's poem "The Long Boat" in this animated video produced by Dan Sadowsky for Oregon Humanities.
Writer Wendy Willis's open letter to the students of Columbia University Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board, with a special note to her daughters.
Jaimie Passaro talks about parenting through bipolar episodes with Oregon Humanities editor Kathleen Holt
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
Why bother with history? Why bother at all? An essay by Robert Leo Heilman
An excerpt from Spells, a novel-within-photographs
To understand the world, we must first understand ourselves. An essay by Jay Ponteri
Joanna Rose on a writer's road trip gone wrong
Readers write about "Me"
What do the cities of science fiction books and films say about the way we perceive the cities we live in? An essay by Dan DeWeese
Mitchell S. Jackson on the experience of growing up Black in North and Northeast Portland.
From Ecotopia to Cascadia Megaregion, visions of the Pacific Northwest have been secessionist in nature. An essay by Carl Abbott
Coming of age during the hopeful days of American space exploration. An essay by Dmae Roberts
When it comes to attention-getting spectacles, God is no longer the only game in town. An essay by Dan DeWeese
M. Allen Cunningham sorts through our landscape of scandal, show, and distraction
Somewhere beyond fate and reason, the real work of being human begins. An essay by John Holloran
The stories of struggle, insecurity, and loss behind a successful writer's accomplishments. By Kim Stafford
The existential howl of Jewish American humor. By Scott Nadelson
Rilke would never have understood the current desire to merge commerce and creativity. An essay by M. Allen Cunningham
In praise of forbidden looking. An essay by Scott Nadelson
Can photography make a poem more accessible? By Henry Hughes and Paul S. Gentry
A wife looks to the Greeks when her husband is called away to war. An essay by Sarah Gilbert