Events & Opportunities

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October 11, 2023

Consider This with Casey Parks

Join us for a conversation about family, belonging, and gender with Casey Parks. A longtime reporter for the Oregonian, Parks now covers gender and family issues for the Washington Post, where she has written about abortion access, Texas’ investigation of parents of trans kids, and the long tail of the US military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. In her 2022 book, Diary of a Misfit, Parks relates her own story of coming out in a rural Louisiana town in 2002 and her efforts to uncover the story of Roy Hudgins, a small-town singer who, like Parks, didn’t conform to the expectations of his community. This conversation—the first in our 2023–2024 Consider This series about fear and belonging—will explore how attitudes about gender affect where people seem to fit in. We'll also discuss where these attitudes come from and how they might change.

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

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October 11, 2023

Consider This with Casey Parks - La Grande screening

Join Oregon Humanities staff in La Grande for a live screening of Consider This with Casey Parks, journalist and author of Diary of a Misfit, about gender, family, and belonging.

7:00–8:30 p.m., HQ, La Grande

October 18, 2023

Consider This Reading and Discussion Group: Casey Parks

Oregon Humanities invites you to a discussion of Casey Park's story, "Transgender or devoutly Christian? An Iowa teen refuses to choose" (originally published in The Washington Post). We will also discuss takeaways from our October 11 Consider This event with Casey Parks at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland. Rozzell Medina, program manager, will facilitate the reading group discussion in English.  Click here to register.

11:00 a.m., Virtual Event, statewide

November 6, 2023

Consider This on Getting Older and Staying Connected

Aging is a life-long experience that is both universal and different for everyone. Some people join new communities and friendships in old age, while others experience profound isolation. Generational divides, both real and perceived, can add to a sense of not belonging. Join us for a conversation with Andrea Cano, Fred Grewe, and Jenny Sasser for a conversation about aging and belonging: What are our fears around aging? How can we collaborate across generational divides? What can we do to ensure people are fully included in our communities as they age?

6:00 p.m. Pacific, AllCare Health community room, Grants Pass

January 31, 2024

Consider This with John Lee Clark and Jelica Nuccio

Jelica Nuccio and John Lee Clark are DeafBlind trainers in Protactile language, which emerged within the DeafBlind community. Nuccio is the founder of a Protactile training center in Monmouth, and Clark is an author and educator from Minnesota. In their teaching, writing, and community-building, Nuccio and Clark work toward full presence and deep connection.

This Consider This event, scheduled near the conclusion of a national Protactile language training convening at Western Oregon University, will explore belonging amid differences of language, perception, and other fundamental parts of our daily lives.

The conversation will be conducted in Protactile and spoken English with the assistance of interpreters, and it has been designed with both in-person and online audiences in mind. This event will be ASL interpreted. 

Read more about this event and RSVP here.

7:00 p.m., Werner University Center, Monmouth

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April 3, 2024

Consider This with Eli Saslow

Join us for a conversation about about poverty and addiction in America with Eli Saslow.

7:00–8:30 p.m., Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland