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Oregon Humanities

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Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.

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Tuesday
Feb
16
2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 7-8:30pm
7-8:30pm
Writer Laila Lalami kicks off Oregon Humanities’ 2016 Think & Drink series with conversations about race, displacement, and religious and national identity. Lalami, who was born and raised in Morocco, is the author of three novels. Her most recent novel, *The Moor’s Account*, is an imagined memoir of a Moroccan slave, called Estebanico by his Spanish captors, who was the first native African explorer of the Americas. Lalami’s essays and opinion pieces on religion, migration, gender, and ethnic identity have appeared in the *Los Angeles Times*, the *Washington Post*, the *Nation*, and the *New York Times*. Tickets $15–$25, minors welcome when accompanied by an adult.
Thursday
Jul
30
2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 7-8:30pm
7-8:30pm
Oregon Humanities’ 2015 Think & Drink series continues Thursday, July 30, with writer Eula Biss at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland. Think & Drink sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. Biss is the author of *On Immunity: An Inoculation*, an investigation of fears and anxieties surrounding vaccination. The book, which Biss says was inspired by conversations with other mothers while pregnant with her first child, was named one of the ten best books of 2014 by the *New York Times Book Review*. The Chicago writer’s other works include *Notes from No Man’s Land*, a collection of essays on race and identity in America, and *The Balloonists*, a collection of narrative prose poems. At Think & Drink, Biss will discuss vaccination and immunity, science and fear, and choosing between personal belief and public benefit with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities. Tickets for the event ($10 general admission) are available at albertarosetheatre.com. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Thursday
May
21
2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 7-8:30pm
7-8:30pm
Oregon Humanities’ 2015 Think & Drink series continues Thursday, May 21, with educator, writer, organizer, and spoken word artist Walidah Imarisha at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland. Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. Imarisha is the author of of several books, including poetry and nonfiction. Since 2009 she has led one of Oregon Humanities’ most popular Conversation Project discussions, “Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History.” At Think & Drink, Imarisha will talk about continuity and resistance in the history of Oregon’s black communities, alternatives to incarceration, and science fiction and social change with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities.
Saturday
Feb
28
2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 4-5:30pm
4-5:30pm
Venue:
@
Rockwood Library
Join members of your community on Saturday February 28th, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for this community discussion on race and policing in the Portland area led by Wendy Willis, executive director of the Policy Consensus Initiative, a national nonprofit organization housed at Portland State University and devoted to improving democratic governance. This event is all ages.
Tuesday
Feb
24
2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 5:30-7pm
5:30-7pm
Join members of your community on Tuesday, February 24th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for this community discussion on race and policing in the Portland area led by Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities. This event is all ages and free.
Saturday
Feb
21
2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 1:30-3pm
1:30-3pm
Join members of your community for this community discussion on race and policing in the Portland area led by Veronica Dujon, professor of sociology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Portland State University. This event is all ages and free.
Thursday
Feb
5
2015
Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6:30-8pm
6:30-8pm
Renowned author Barry Lopez kicks off Oregon Humanities' 2015 Think & Drink Series February 5 at the Alberta Rose Theatre. Lopez will discuss reconciliation, resistance, justice, and place with with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities. Lopez is the author of the National Book Award-winning Arctic Dreams and numerous other works of fiction and nonfiction, including Of Wolves and Men, Resistance, and Outside. Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Tuesday
Feb
3
2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 6-7:30pm
6-7:30pm
Join members of your community for an opportunity to talk about race and policing and the challenges of how we protect ourselves. The February 3 discussion will be led by Elliott Young, professor of history at Lewis & Clark College and author of Alien Nation: Chinese Migration in the Americas from the Coolie Era through World War II.
Tuesday
Oct
14
2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm
5:30-7:30pm
‘Abilities in Motion’ to celebrate health and fitness for persons with disabilities Features International Paralympian, David Wagner The Connecting Communities Coalition, Portland’s only cross-disability group, will host its annual event, “Abilities in Motion,” from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Tuesday, October 14, 2014, in the DoubleTree Hotel, Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah St., Portland, OR, 97232. The event is free, open to the public, and will include food and beverages. “Abilities in Motion” will highlight the large number of health, recreational, and fitness activities easily available to persons with disabilities in Oregon. The keynote address will be offered by David Wagner, internationally recognized paralympic wheelchair tennis player who is number one in quad singles and doubles in the world. David will share about his own untimely accident, which originally discouraged his lifelong goal to play tennis professionally until he discovered he could succeed competitively in tennis despite being in a wheelchair. David, who is formerly from Hillsboro, has been in the top three in the world since 2002 and has competed in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Beijing and London winning three gold medals, two silver and one Bronze. He is also a 14-time grand slam winner. The event will include Portland Mayor Charlie Hales’ presentation of the city’s Making a Difference Awards to four outstanding organizations. It will also include videos about sporting, fitness and recreational events throughout Oregon. And, adaptive sporting equipment and information about events and programs will be available. The annual event usually draws 500 people from the community. To reserve a place at the event, contact vkearns@phcnw.com or call at 503-261-1266, ext. 187. Information is also available on the website at http://www.thecccoalition.org.
Thursday
Jul
10
2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 6:30-8pm
6:30-8pm
Join Oregon Humanities for a happy hour conversation with historian Stephanie Coontz about government regulation of family life at 6:30 p.m. at the Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Portland. (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.) A $10 donation is suggested for admission. Minors welcome when accompanied by an adult. Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and serves as director of research and public education at the Council on Contemporary Families. She is the author of seven books on marriage and family life, including A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s; Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage; and The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap. Coontz will discuss government intervention in private relationships, including sex, marriage, and parenthood, and how state regulation of these relationships has evolved over time. She will be in conversation with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities. The happy-hour series, which sparks provocative conversations about big ideas, is sponsored by Oregon Humanities with media support from Oregon Public Broadcasting and Willamette Week.