Events & Opportunities

August 3, 2024

Our Untapped Treasures: Children and Elders are Problem Solvers too

There are many reasons why people fail to invite children and elders to the table when it comes to solving problems: “They’re too young.” “They need to be protected from hearing about serious issues.” “I’m sure they care, but the world is a very different place now.” “They’re just going to talk about how things used to be.” “I wouldn’t want my child to be burdened with this reality.” “I don’t want to have to explain the issues repeatedly.”

The more serious the issue, the less likely it is that a child or elder will be helping to come up with a solution. We were all children once, and sometimes we had great solutions to problems that adults didn’t have. If we’re fortunate, we’ll all become elderly, and we will have a wealth of experience and accumulated wisdom to share. The goal of this conversation is to encourage people to approach problem solving in a more inclusive manner and ask elders or children to share their ideas.

Read more about this event.

2:00 p.m., Estacada Public Library, Estacada

August 15, 2024

Reflective Conversation Training (in-person)

This training will take place in the Oregon Humanities office in Portland over the following days:

  • Day 1: Thursday, August 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Day 2: Friday, August 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To register for the August in-person training, click here.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Oregon Humanities, Portland

September 5, 2024

Facilitation Training for Libraries

Oregon Humanities will present three trainings in 2024 for staff, board members, volunteers, and program partners of Oregon libraries of all types (public, academic, school, and tribal). These trainings will help people involved with libraries strengthen their skills in leading conversations about vital issues and ideas across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds. With the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence as a jumping off point, participants will learn about facilitation and reflective conversation, practice new skills and techniques, and learn to design and facilitate conversations that allow people and groups to learn more about themselves and each other.

This training will take place at the Grants Pass Library over the following days:

  • Day 1: Thursday, September 5, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Day 2: Friday, September 6, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Click here to register for this training.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Grants Pass Library, Grants Pass

September 26, 2024

Facilitation Training for Libraries

Oregon Humanities will present three trainings in 2024 for staff, board members, volunteers, and program partners of Oregon libraries of all types (public, academic, school, and tribal). These trainings will help people involved with libraries strengthen their skills in leading conversations about vital issues and ideas across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds. With the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence as a jumping off point, participants will learn about facilitation and reflective conversation, practice new skills and techniques, and learn to design and facilitate conversations that allow people and groups to learn more about themselves and each other.

This training will take place at Newport Public Library over the following days:

  • Day 1: Thursday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Day 2: Friday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Click here to register for this training.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Newport Public Library, Newport

Photo of Conexión con Nuestro Territorio

October 19, 2024

Conexión con Nuestro Territorio

A hike and conversation in Spanish, presented in partnership with Vámonos Outside.

En este espacio haremos una actividad de senderismo mientras te invitamos a que converses con otros participantes sobre tu relación con el territorio, y descubras nuevas formas de explorarlo. Conectémonos a través de nuestra cultura y experiencias compartidas. Tendremos alimentación y transporte incluído para quienes lo soliciten. Vámonos Outside estará a cargo de actividades para niños.

12:00–3:00 p.m., Shevlin Park, Bend