Events & Opportunities
April 6, 2023
Oregon's Poet Laureate Program: One Hundred Years and Counting
Join Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Anis Mojgani, to celebrate one hundred years of the Oregon Poet Laureate Program! Anis will be joined by two of Oregon’s previous poets laureate, Kim Stafford and Paulann Petersen Jennifer Alkezweeny, Oregon Humanities' Program Director, will speak about the history of the Poet Laureate program in Oregon, followed by poetry readings from Anis, Kim, and Paulann. A brief Q&A session will conclude the event.
7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Lake Oswego Public Library, Lake Oswego
April 18, 2023
Consider This with Mónica Guzmán - La Grande Screening
Join Oregon Humanities staff in La Grande for a live screening of our Consider This conversation with Mónica Guzmán, author of I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times. Guzmán is a bridge builder, journalist, and author who works to get people to talk across thier perceived divides.
7:00–8:30 p.m., HQ, La Grande
April 18, 2023
Consider This with Mónica Guzmán
Join us for an onstage conversation on creating connection across political divides with Mónica Guzmán, author of I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times. Guzmán is a bridge builder, journalist, and author who works to get people to talk across thier perceived divides. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
7:00 p.m., Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland
April 22, 2023
No Big 'I's, No Little 'U's: Building Multigenerational Communities
Today’s young people are seeking to make positive impacts in our world—not only in the future, but now. How can our communities support and uplift their voices, contributions, and growth? In this work led by André Middleton, we will discuss ways to build intergenerational trust and understanding and the role that adults might play in developing age-appropriate pathways to leadership and responsibility.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland
April 26, 2023
Consider This Reading Group: How to Stay Open and Curious in Hard Conversations
Which do you value more: the truth or your own beliefs? Oregon Humanities invites you to a discussion of Mónica Guzmán's essay "How to Stay Open and Curious in Hard Conversations" (originally published in Greater Good Magazine). Together we'll explore Guzmán strategies for fostering curiosity and understanding across divides, including sharing "snapshot" opinions, acknowledging agreement, and admitting uncertainty. We will also discuss takeaways from our April 18 Consider This conversation with Guzmán at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland. Rozzell Medina will facilitate the reading group discussion.
10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Pacific, Virtual Event, statewide
April 26, 2023
Oregon Humanities Live
Join the editors of Oregon Humanities magazine for an evening featuring Sallie Tisdale, Laura Gibson, and other contributors reading work from recent issues of the magazine.
This program is 21+.
7:00 p.m., rontoms, Portland
April 29, 2023
Sharing the Tools: Creative Collaboration for BIPOC Artists and Audiences
In this So Much Together workshop, participants explore how collaboration across mediums and creative backgrounds can lead to innovative processes and expressions in our art and lives. Presenters Manya Yana and Gabriel Barrera will share their own creative practices as writer /poet, visual artist, social justice advocates, and mentors for other BIPOC artists.
1:30 to 4:00 p.m., ScenicG Studio, Talent
May 4, 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., Central Oregon Community College -- Redmond Campus, Redmond
May 6, 2023
Conversation Project: Understanding Urban/Rural Divides
We live in a time of increasing polarization that often correlates to divides between urban and rural regions in our state. This polarization is so extreme that it often seems like the two sides may have completely different experiences of the world. Join facilitator Nick Nash in a conversation that asks, How does the urban/rural divide affect the ways we relate to each other as Oregonians? What is the urban/rural divide, and how do we understand it? How does this divide affect our day-to-day lives, our experiences of being governed, and of the COVID-19 pandemic? This conversation is a chance to reflect on the beliefs we have about our urban or rural neighbors with a focus on discovering and abandoning misbeliefs, investigating and learning about the real differences between the urban and the rural, and trying to find things that we all share as Oregonians.
2:00 p.m., West Linn Public Library, West Linn
May 9, 2023
Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani
Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani leads a writing workshop.
5:00 p.m., Southern Wasco County Library, Maupin