Oregon Humanities and COVID-19

Staff at Oregon Humanities are paying close attention to updates from the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our office in Portland is closed and our staff are working remotely through at least April 1. We will be more responsive to email than to phone calls during this time.

We are temporarily putting all of our in-person events on hold. We will update our calendar with cancelations and postponements as we hear from our partners. Even if an event is not marked as canceled on the calendar, we recommend confirming with the event sponsor. Each posting on our calendar includes the name of the sponsor and a contact person.

We remain committed to bringing people together to talk, listen, and learn from one another, even while doing so in person is temporarily impossible. We are working on ways for Oregonians to connect in other ways. One project that is already ongoing is Dear Stranger, our letter exchange.

Our staff and facilitators are developing online conversation-based programming that will center the need for conversation and connection within specific communities and across the state. Some facilitators are adapting their Conversation Project for a virtual setting, while others are developing virtual programs focused on immediate issues related to the impact of COVID-19.

We will continue to follow OHA recommendations for avoiding spreading the virus, and ask people going anywhere in public to do the same.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you frequently touch.