Call for Interactive Presentations and Workshops

Humanity in Perspective at David Douglas High School, June 23 to July 15, 2020

Dates/Times: Mondays through Thursdays June 23-July 15, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Presentation/workshop duration: 6 hours (3 hours/day over 2 days—includes creative time)
Compensation: $300

About HIP at DDHS

This summer, Oregon Humanities is expanding Humanity in Perspective (HIP), our free, student-centered humanities learning cohort, to David Douglas High School in East Portland. HIP is a partnership with Bard College and The Clemente Course in the Humanities. Students who complete the course receive 3 transferable undergraduate humanities credits from Bard College.

We will meet on Mondays through Thursdays from June 18 to July 16, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at David Douglas High School (1001 SE 135th Ave.). We expect to have about twenty students from the school’s classes of 2020 and 2021. We will learn together in an interdisciplinary context about the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Philosophy
  • Literature
  • Writing
  • History

Our exploration will inform dynamic, experiential learning stemming from the question, How do we deepen our abilities to be creative and collaborative and use those abilities to improve our lives and communities? 

Who/What We're Looking for

We are seeking presenters who are doing work that is relevant to one or more of the subjects we are studying in ways that can be described as public, collaborative, and creative. It might be helpful to think of this as a workshop in which the work you do becomes a point of departure for learning, creativity, connection, and reflection that can be made relevant to participants’ curiosity and interests in a collaborative and creative environment.

We want very interactive presentations/workshops that include:

  • Discussion about relevant work that you have done/are doing
    • Please include mixed media (e.g. images, video, sound) to accommodate diverse learning styles and ample opportunity for dialogue.
  • Meaningful avenues for student connection with your work, allowing them to gain insight into your process, philosophy, motivations, and outcomes
  • An opportunity for students to create something, preferably collaboratively, guided or inspired by an emergent understanding of your work, philosophy, practice, etc.
    • Creative products can be tangible, but that isn’t a requirement. We might create an event or performance, for example.
    • To align with HIP Pedagogy, we strive to ensure that students are engaged in creating something they want to work on.
    • There are some funds available to cover material costs associated with presentations. We value resource sensitivity and will work with presenters to facilitate resource-sensitive creativity (as opposed to resource-intensive).
  • Reflection on the presentation, what we learned, and what we created 

This is an opportunity to present, teach, and learn alongside youth in a context that centers students’ interests, experiences, aims, and perspectives with reverence for their wisdom, intuition, skills, and curiosity. It is also an opportunity to deepen your experience and expand active feedback within such a pedagogy. These are activity and discussion-based learning opportunities—not lectures.  
HIP Program Coordinator and Instructor Rozzell Medina and Assistant Coordinator Ella Rae Woodlawn will be present during presentations to provide guidance and assistance. Presenters are required to meet beforehand with Rozzell to go over the plan for presentations and anticipate adjustments to accommodate the needs and guidelines of the learning community.

Ideally, presentations will last about six hours and take place over the course of multiple days—preferably three hours, daily, for two consecutive days. This includes guided creative time and reflection. We are open to different formats. We encourage presentations spanning multiple days to nurture community and allow substantial time for activity and reflection.
Presentations can happen at David Douglas or at another site (an artist’s studio or a historical or cultural site, for example) if it’s germane to the presentation. Our learning is not confined by classroom walls, and we are open to traveling within the Portland area for the right opportunities.

Compensation

$300 for a 6-hour presentation (as described above), which includes planning and implementation. Compensation for shorter presentations can be negotiated.

To Propose a Presentation

Send an email to Rozzell Medina at r.medina@oregonhumanities.org, with the subject line DDHS Call for Presenters. Include the following:

  • A description of your work (include any links or attachments that will help us understand it) 
  • A description of your vision of what your presentation will contain, addressing all of the presentation requirements above. Please name the site or sites where your presentation will occur and a list of materials we will need to acquire for the creative component.
  • A list of presentations you’ve given, classes you’ve taught, etc. Give us a sense of what you’ve presented, when, and to whom (with age ranges, for example). Please highlight any experience with high-schoolers.
  • Your availability/schedule June 23 through July 15, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.