Connect in Place: What are we learning from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how will we remember it?

March 9, 2021 | 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific

Awareness seems to be brewing that there are many lessons to be learned from the era of COVID-19. While some of us may be learning from this unique time of being human, history shows that we love to forget even its most important lessons. But what if we decide that the lessons from this era are too important to ignore, and that the world waiting on the other side of this event deserves our remembrance? How can we put our energy, intention, and creativity into nurturing deep individual and collective learning that will outlive the pandemic? How do we shape a better “new normal,” wherein even the concept of normal itself is liberated from various constraints? We can start by talking about it.

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Rozzell Medina is an artist, educator, and activist focused largely on how individuals and communities learn and create in highly collaborative and deeply soulful ways. A multicultural person of Indigenous ancestry, he brings the complexity and creativity of his perspective to shed light on intersections of ideas, stories, and insights where potentials for learning from experience tend to dwell. Rozzell celebrates the abundance and diversity of curiosity, perspectives, wisdom, intuition, and skills that exist within communities and praxis (union of theory and practice) as a vital way to reflect upon and shape the world into a more just and sustainable version of itself. Rozzell earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University, with an emphasis on regenerative ecological and cultural learning. He is the program coordinator at Oregon Humanities.

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