Join us November 15 at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland for a live conversation on race, power, and justice.
Join facilitator Jill Winsor in a discussion that explores how the complexity of the queer community intersects with the spaces and communities that surround us.
From the 1940s to '60s, the Mims House was a safe place to stay for African Americans traveling through Oregon. Now it’s a gathering place for the Black community in Eugene. Video by Nisha Burton.
From prisons and youth correctional facilities to schools and county jails, we’re surrounded by institutions that punish. But why do we punish? Why is punishment sometimes sanctioned by the state? Are there other ways to punish—such as restorative justice—that may be more effective, reasonable, or desirable?
A majority of Americans now accept gay and lesbian relationships, but the queer population is made up of a diversity of communities and experiences. Are all queer people accepted, tolerated, and embraced everywhere?
Gwen Trice has spent the last fifteen years uncovering her father’s legacy and the history of Oregon’s Black loggers, who lived and worked in Wallowa County at a time when the Oregon's constitution included a provision excluding Blacks from the state.
Gustavo Gutierrez-Gomez makes it his mission to get people together.
A grade-school musical offers educators and students a chance to reexamine history. An article by Marty Hughley with photos by Fred Joe
A conversation on criminalization, poverty, prisons, harm, and systems of accountability within the US criminal justice system with writer and educator Walidah Imarisha.
Accusations and allegations about “fake news" and the manipulations of “mainstream media” aren’t unique to America in the twenty first century. Join Willamette Heritage Center for a conversation about the history of journalism’s role in educating, empowering, and enraging Oregonians. This event is funded in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities.
Writer Putsata Reang reflects on the project "Bitter Harvest"
Talking about race in Southern Oregon
Video screening and panel discussion about This Land's Bitter Harvest project
In 2017, the Oregon Humanities board of directors awarded $60,000 in grants to thirteen nonprofit organizations from around the state in support of programs that bring people together to think and talk about challenging issues and ideas.
This is an Oregon Humanities grant-funded event.
Oregon Humanities magazine editor Kathleen Holt on the complicated and blurry lines between private rights and public good
Writer Putsata Reang on the little-known history of Chinese farmers and vegetable peddlers in Portland
Writer Donnell Alexander and photographer Kim Nguyen on one undocumented family's long wait for adequate health care
A conversation about the Great Migration with Isabel Wilkerson and Rukaiyah Adams
Journalist Brent Walth on how legal measures targeting Latino Oregonians reflect fears of change.
Illustrating the systems that move salmon, waste, traffic, and legislation
How Mumia Abu-Jamal Led Me to Activism. An essay by Walidah Imarisha
Journalist Valerie Rapp on the complexities of dam removal
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.
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
Joanna Rose on a writer's road trip gone wrong
Readers write about "Me"
Editor Kathleen Holt on cities as more than just places
J. David Santen Jr. on what Oregon's communities look like forty years after the passage of Senate Bill 100
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.
Editor Kathleen Holt on the many meanings of place
Tara Rae Miner on what Oregon owes the struggling timber communities that helped shape the state's identity
From Ecotopia to Cascadia Megaregion, visions of the Pacific Northwest have been secessionist in nature. An essay by Carl Abbott
Journalist J. David Santen Jr. on how battles, compromises, and resolutions abound in a state flush with water.
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.
Pendleton has built its identity around a dogged loyalty to tradition. An essay by Sarah Mirk
Rajneeshpuram has come and gone: what keep believers bound to one another? By Marion Goldman
The community that hip hop built in Portland. An article by Walidah Imarisha
Two cousins try to revive the family circus with tragic results. By Susan Meyers
Two rivers; two Western tales of hubris
Camela Raymond asks economists, activists, public officials, and financiers for advice for Oregon's ailing economy.
Historian Bob Bussel on Oregon's long history of protecting workers
A search for the site of a notorious massacre in Hells Canyon