About Oregon Humanities

Oregon Humanities is committed to bringing people together across difference. Each year, we offer hundreds of public conversations and programs across the state and offer tens of thousands of dollars in grants to organizations that, like us, believe in the power of people in rooms listening, learning, and struggling together. We publish several dozen essays, photographs, films, and audio recordings, in our magazine and on our website, that explore the thoughts, perspectives, and experiences of Oregonians, especially those who have been ignored, generalized, or oppressed.

Our Mission

Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.

Our Vision

An Oregon that invites diverse perspectives, explores challenging questions, and strives for just communities.

Core Actions

Invite Participate Connect Reflect
Provoke Listen Read Think
Talk Engage Ask Challenge

Core Values

Justice Difference Community
Equity Respect Vitality
Imagination Empathy Hope


Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Oregon Humanities, formerly the Oregon Council for the Humanities, was established in 1971 and is one of five statewide partners of the Oregon Cultural Trust. If you have questions about any of our programs, please view our staff list to find the appropriate contact person or call us at (503) 241-0543 in Portland or (800) 735-0543 from elsewhere in the state.

Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

Oregon Humanities is committed to the creation of inclusive spaces and to the equitable treatment of all—including participants, audiences, supporters, staff, and board—at every level of the organization and in all of our programs.

Diversity in Hiring

Oregon Humanities believes equity, justice, empathy, and respect are essential for vital, flourishing communities. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, whose professional and personal experiences will help us work toward our vision of an Oregon that invites diverse perspectives, explores challenging questions, and strives for just communities.

Equal Employment Statement

Oregon Humanities is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of OH to provide equal employment opportunity in accordance with applicable law to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, political opinion, sex, national origin, familial status, mental and physical disability, gender identity, and source of income, disability or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in all personnel actions including recruitment, evaluation, selection, promotion, compensation, training, and termination. Moreover, these conditions shall not affect decisions on compensation, advancement, transfer, leave or termination. Relations between employees shall be based on respect for person, regard for the effectiveness and well being of the organization, and mutual support.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Consistent with applicable disability law, OH will provide reasonable accommodations to assist qualified applicants or employees with disabilities to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential function of a job, and to enjoy the same benefits and privileges of employment applicable to similarly situated employees without disabilities, provided the accommodation would not impose an “undue hardship” on the operation of OH.