Events & Opportunities

Photo of Consider This: Class, Labor, and Power with Vanessa Veselka

January 26, 2023

Consider This: Class, Labor, and Power with Vanessa Veselka

Join us for an onstage conversation with Oregon writer Vanessa Veselka on labor and organizing. This event is part of our Consider This series on People, Place, and Power.

7:00 p.m., Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland

Photo of Seeds of Collective Healing: Art Making as a Response to Living and Dying

February 8, 2023

Seeds of Collective Healing: Art Making as a Response to Living and Dying

How can we use art as a tool for coping, healing, and expression at the end of life? Join Crystal Meneses, an interdisciplinary artist, death doula, and hospice chaplain, in this workshop that will consider questions of legacy, art, loss, and healing. This online event is part of the So Much Together series of workshops.

10:00 a.m. Pacific, Virtual Event, statewide

February 15, 2023

Conversation Project: Working on Our Whiteness

Amid today’s social uprisings, many white people have become acutely aware that racism shapes our communities in Oregon and beyond. Many of us have also begun realizing how poorly our experiences have equipped us to make sense of these times, and we have many questions. Join Emily Drew in a conversation that asks, How can we who are white show up as more effective and less damaging participants in struggles to interrupt racism in our community? How can white people engage in efforts to dismantle racism in ways that do not reproduce or place unfair burdens upon people of color to be our teachers? This conversation is for white people to reflect together on what it means to “do our work” as white people, which includes taking responsibility for one another, educating ourselves, and coming to view other white people as our partners—not competition—in developing antiracist identity.

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Pacific, Salem Public Library, Salem

February 16, 2023

Conversation Project: Music as a Tool for Justice

Music is instrumental in shaping a place. It’s one of the most explicitly human things we can experience. COVID-19 has further revealed how key it is in our lives, with every major music festival closing or moving online. In the conversation, we will look at the history of Black musicians in shaping the story of Oregon through the lens of a short documentary and music from a Portland hip hop artist.

6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Pacific, Salem Public Library, Salem

March 6, 2023

Conversation Project: Emerging from Our Homes

For most, the pandemic meant spending more time in our homes. As we emerge from our homes, our sense of safety and vulnerability moving through our communities may be different if we are walking, biking, rolling, taking public transit, or driving. Join facilitator LeeAnn O’Neill in a conversation that asks, How does the way you move through your community affect your sense of safety and vulnerability? What else affects your sense of safety and vulnerability? How might you change the way you interact with others as you move through your community to create a greater sense of safety for everyone? This conversation is a chance to reflect on our personal roles in creating greater safety for all as we move through our communities.

RSVP for this program here.

5:30 p.m. Pacific, Central Oregon Community College Madras Campus, Madras

Photo of Consider This with Kiese Laymon

March 7, 2023

Consider This with Kiese Laymon

Join us for an onstage conversation with Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

This event is part of our Consider This series on People, Place, and Power. In his writing, Laymon engages with the personal and the political: race and family, body and shame, poverty and place.

Tickets for this event will be available soon.

7:00 p.m., Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland

March 9, 2023

Conversation Project: Relationships for Resilience

In a time of intensifying social and ecological crises, in a cultural context of individualism, the pressure to practice "self-care," build "personal resilience," and "transform oneself" is pervasive. While "doing your own work" is important, we overemphasize the individual to the detriment of our human communities and the rest of the living world. The deep transformations we need will be cocreated, and the deep resilience we must develop will be relational. In this conversation, we will explore the dynamics of our strongest relationships, seeking to name the qualities and practices that underpin resilience. How can we bring our insights more intentionally and broadly to bear in our human relationships and in our relationships with our home—lands, waters, and ecosystems?

RSVP for this event here.

5:30 p.m. Pacific, Central Oregon Community College - Prineville, Prineville

March 13, 2023

Conversation Project: Emerging from Our Homes

For most, the pandemic meant spending more time in our homes. As we emerge from our homes, our sense of safety and vulnerability moving through our communities may be different if we are walking, biking, rolling, taking public transit, or driving. Join facilitator LeeAnn O’Neill in a conversation that asks, How does the way you move through your community affect your sense of safety and vulnerability? What else affects your sense of safety and vulnerability? How might you change the way you interact with others as you move through your community to create a greater sense of safety for everyone? This conversation is a chance to reflect on our personal roles in creating greater safety for all as we move through our communities.

RSVP for this program here.

5:30 p.m. Pacific, Central Oregon Community College -- Redmond Campus, Redmond

March 16, 2023

In-person facilitation training

Oregon Humanities' facilitation training prepares people to plan and facilitate conversations about vital issues and questions across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds. These conversations help build strong relationships within organizations and among communities. Read more about these trainings.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Oregon Humanities, Portland

March 17, 2023

Anis Mojgani Reading

Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani will read his poetry at Art Center East as part of the exhibit “Living Rural: Poetry in Fiber.” The exhibit features fiber arts and jewelry from artists in Eastern Oregon.

6:00 p.m., Art Center East, La Grande