Consider This: American Dreams, American Myths, American Hopes

R Miller

This year’s Consider This series explores the stories we tell ourselves about the origins, ideals, and aspirations of the United States. What does it mean to participate in these stories, and what does it mean to refuse or challenge them? Is there, in 2022 a shared American dream—and has there ever been? Throughout our history, the shared American dream has served many purposes. What's it doing for us today and going forward? How might we scrutinize the dream and still hold onto some of the aspirations it expresses? 

Join us from October 2021 through September 2022 for a series of in-person and online conversations in Portland and across Oregon.


Upcoming Events

June 8: Nataki Garrett, artistic director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Jelly Helm, founder of the branding agency Studio Jelly
7:00 p.m. Pacific at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Portland
Read more about this event.

Past Events

October 13, 2021: Mitchell S. Jackson, author of Survival Math and The Residue Years
audio | video

January 11, 2022: Omar El Akkad, author of American War and What Stranger Paradise
audio | video

March 10, 2022: Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss
audio | video

March 16, 2022: David F. Walker, comics writer, and Douglas Wolk, comics critic, with Courtenay Hameister
audio | video

May 11, 2022: Laura Kipnis, author of Love in the Time of Contagion and Against Love


This series is made possible thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ "A More Perfect Union" initiative, the Oregon Cultural Trust, Susan Hammer Fund of Oregon Community Foundation, The Standard, Stoel Rives LLP, the Kinsman Foundation, and the City of Portland's We Are Better Together program.


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