Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University


1825 SW Broadway

Important Venue Notes

Street parking is limited due to downtown atmosphere. Parking structure is located across the street but limited to basement 1st level for public.



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Past Events

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 4pm
A screening of Outside the Frame's documentary, the Lost Boys of Portlandia, and a panel discussion with film participants and with students working on food insecurity among Portland State students. “On its surface, it’s a film about the making of a film, but the backdrop is flooded with one of Portland’s most pressing social issues.” -KGW-TV Homeless youth in Portland, OR, debate if and how to return to mainstream society while creating their own film version of the iconic story of Peter Pan. Free, refresments provided. Hosted by Portland State University Sociology Club For more information visit
Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 11am-4pm
On Sunday, January 25, 2015, join over 2,000 Portlanders for a New Year celebration of Japanese American traditions! Mochitsuki is, in its strictest sense, the pounding of rice into tasty, sticky rice cakes, or mochi, that symbolizes starting the New Year with a full belly in hopes of abundance in the year ahead. The 19th annual edition of Mochitsuki is a family-friendly festival offering a feast for the senses, with food, art, performances, and many exceptional hands-on cultural experiences for all ages. Over the years this celebration has grown in popularity, and this year Mochitsuki will move and now take place at Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Student Union.
Friday, June 27, 2014 at 9am through Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 3pm
9am through Sunday, June 29 at 3pm
You are invited to the 2nd Annual Resistance Ecology Conference in Portland, Oregon! The conference is booked at Portland State University for the weekend of June 27-29, 2014, brought to you by the Student Animal Liberation Coalition. The second conference will be focused on pragmatic skills and ideas for animal activists looking to get involved in an intersectional movement. We are accepting workshop proposals on a wide range of topics and skill-sets. The first conference (2013) was a huge success. We saw around 300 attendees, over 35 speakers and panelists, and over 30 workshops and panels. The conference covered a variety of issues and topics on building an intersectional movement for humans and nonhumans, the hurdles we face, and why we need to overcome them. We are continuing our focus on the state of animal liberation and radical ecology, with a critical eye and an appetite for an intersectional approach. Our working theme for this conference is, “Moving from theory to action: Organizing a mass movement for humans, nonhumans, and their ecologies”. We really want to offer insight into your campaigns, your actions, and the activities in your community. Although we always will welcome room for critical analysis, our goal is to create tangible approaches to involvement and organizing. Our movements are beginning to organize national campaigns, mass actions, intersectional coalitions, and important local grassroots momentum. We want to report it, analyze it, and promote it. So please, feel encouraged to attend, contribute to, promote and participate in the second Resistance Ecology Conference. If you have workshop ideas or suggestions, please let us know. We are open to all possibilities. For more info please contact: We look forward to seeing you there. SPEAKERS, PRESENTERS, & ORGANIZATIONS - Ahjamu Umi - Alexander Reid Ross - Ariel Howland- Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp - Bunny Alliance - Cascadia Forest Defenders - Earth First! Journal - Elona Trogub - Jake Conroy - Jen- Marineland Animal Defense, APieCalypse Now! Bakery - Keith Tucker- Pursuit of a Green Planet - Kevin Tillman- Vegan Hip Hop Movement - Kevin Van Meter - Kim Marks - Lakota KXL Resistance - lauren Ornelas- Food Empowerment Project - Lauren Regan- Civil Liberties Defense Center - Leslie James Pickering- Burning Books - Malik Rahim - Marcellus Shale Earth First! - Portland Central America Solidarity Committee - Portland Rising Tide - Portland Vegans of Color - Rising Tide Vancouver Coast Salish Territories - Rod Coronado - Ryan Shapiro - scott crow - Shamentsut Slhanay- Greenpeace, Squamish First Nation - T.R. McKenzie- Deep Roots United Front - Tino Verducci- London Animal Rights - Wildlife Defence League
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Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 5-7pm
- Fortified, True Stories of Climate Action; Thursday Feb 20th, 5-7pm, PSU Smith Ballroom, 1825 SW Broadway.
Thursday, February 6, 2014 from noon-1pm
Abstract The initial enthusiasm for the transformation of the Arab world generated by the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings has long since given way to frustration, political polarization, and violent civil war. What is left of those hopes? Have Egypt's military coup and Syria's horrific civil war dashed the hopes for democratic change? Or are there still reasons to expect new movements towards more democratic and inclusive politics in the Middle East? Biography Marc Lynch is professor of political science and director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University. He edits Foreign Policy's Middle East Channel, leads the Project on Middle East Political Science, and is a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. The paperback edition of his most recent book, The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East, was published in January. Sponsorship The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 7-8:30pm
Positive coverage of LGBT issues and events was non-existent in Portland’s mass media until 1970 when the alternative paper, Willamette Bridge, began printing some articles. The next year, Oregon’s first specifically gay newspaper, The Fountain, was launched. Some Portland LGBT publications that followed included NW Gay Review, the Oregon Gay Rights Report, The Northwest Fountain, Cascade Voice, Rag Times, Just Out, Lavender Network and PQ Monthly. These publications and others helped organize Portland-area LGBT people in their attempts to build community, gain equality, counter anti-gay political measures, and respond to AIDS. All our panelists were involved in one or more of the above publications. Rupert Kinnard’s extensive career in publication design began with Just Out as one of the original staff members where he helped the publication win the National Gay Press Association award for best overall design in 1983. In 1996, while working as art director for the Skanner, Rupert won an award for best graphic and typographical excellence by the West Coast Black Journalist Association. Renee LaChance covered lesbian events as the women's editor for The Northwest Fountain and served as the editor of The Cascade Voice and was co-founder and publisher of Just Out. Pride Northwest has presented her with two awards: the 2000 Spirit of Pride Award and the Pioneer Award both for her work with Just Out. Paula Nielsen served as a feature writer and columnist for the LGBT press from 1976 through most of the 1990's. Paula was Religion Editor for the NW Fountain, and also wrote feature news articles. For the Cascade Voice, Eagle Newsmagazine, City Open Press, City Week, Oregon Gay News, and Alternative Connection, Paula wrote a column called "Thoughts From Paula".
Friday, January 10, 2014 from 5-10pm
*A night of diverse entertainment, delicious cuisine, local art, and educational exhibits, Latin Night is an initiative by Las Mujeres of Portland State to celebrate Latin culture and showcase rich diversity that exists among Latin@s and Latin America. This year's program will have Colombian, Mexican, and Brazilian cuisine as well as award winning Ballet Folklorico, exciting Afro-Latino rhythms, live Cuban band and more!* *Latin Night welcomes the Latino/Hispanic community and allies, to emphasize to our children and families that they belong in a place of higher education. Latin Night extends an opportunity for prominent community leaders to support Latina/Hispanic/Chicana collegiate students at Portland State University. Lastly, Latin Night is a strategy to support Latino-owned businesses in the Portland metro area during winter.* ***Get your Tickets early! $7 PSU students, staff, faculty as well as children/youth under 17 are FREE*** [All tickets must be registered through the PSU Box Office & can also be purchased at the door the night of the event as well] ( ###This is definitely a community event you do not want to miss!###
Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 5-7pm
Come learn about the cascadian bioregionalist movement , its aspirations and challenges. Come learn about the Cascadian Bioregional Movement along with its aspirations and challenges. Presented by Alexander Baretich, bioregionalist, social movement scholar and creator of the "Doug" flag. Share on Facebook A look at the history of bioregionalism and the awakening of a Cascadian identity with guerrilla instructor Alexander Baretich. This talk will explore the differences between nationalism and bioregionalism as well as specifically the history of the Cascadian awakening. Afterwards, a group discussion will be facilitated. _____________________________________________ Bioregionalist, activist geographer, revolutionary artist and guerrilla teacher Alexander Baretich was born and raised in Cascadia and has lived and taught in Europe and India. He has a Bachelors in Islamic and Eastern European history and Masters in Geopolitics and has done work in the fields of conflict resolution and mediation. Previously an instructor of geopolitics, nationalism, regional studies, cultural geography, mythology, Middle East studies, Asian studies and Popular Culture, currently he is a free school instructor of “Memetic Cascadia” and “Color of Revolution”. In 1995, Alexander designed the now commonly seen “Doug” flag, a symbol of Cascadia found everywhere from protests to soccer matches and beer bottles. 5-7PM Saturday Nov. 16th in room 294 of the Smith Memorial Student Union, PSU