Events & Opportunities

Photo of So Much Together: Singing Our Traditions to Life: Music, Memory, and Migration

July 13, 2024

So Much Together: Singing Our Traditions to Life: Music, Memory, and Migration

We all have a particular lineage, a continuing story connecting us across centuries to ancestors, land, and traditions. But what does it really mean to be from a place, from a heritage? In this So Much Together workshop, we'll deepen our sense of cultural heritage and/or identity, while engaging in thoughtful dialogue about how these might impact our roles and responsibilities as residents of our current communities. 

12:30 to 1:00 p.m. (optional social time); 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Shaw Historical Library, Klamath Falls

July 13, 2024

Conversation Project: Does Nature Have a Purpose?

Oregonians have long struggled to balance cultural, political, and values-based differences tied to our use of land and resources. As we enter an age of accelerating environmental change and scarcity, it is important to understand what drives these differences. In this conversation we will explore our attitudes and assumptions about the purpose of the environment in our lives and how those attitudes and assumptions shape our perception of environmental issues and policies.

Read more about this event.

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

Photo of Spoke'n Words 4 with Write Around Portland: A Bike Summer Ride

July 17, 2024

Spoke'n Words 4 with Write Around Portland: A Bike Summer Ride

Oregon Humanities’ popular Spoke’n Words ride returns, and this time we’re rolling in a different direction with Write Around Portland! In past years, the focus of this free, all-ages ride was on experiencing other people’s poems at iconic Portland spots. This year, with the help of Write Around Portland’s fantastic facilitators, riders and writers of all levels of in/experience can commune with cool prompts and pretty places as we all put pens and pencils to paper, and share our work with each other when the feeling moves us. 

6:30 p.m., Arbor Lodge Park, Portland

Photo of Interpretando Nuestro Territorio

July 21, 2024

Interpretando Nuestro Territorio

A hike and conversation in Spanish presented in partnership with Deschutes Land Trust and Vámonos Outside

Te invitamos a una caminata con tiempos destinados a conversar al aire libre, donde exploraremos nuestra conexión con el territorio y aprenderemos nuevas formas de explorarlo. Descubre los esfuerzos de conservación en Oregon Central del Deschutes Land Trust y conéctate con otros participantes a través de nuestra cultura y experiencias compartidas.

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8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Priday Ranch, Madras

July 25, 2024

Reflective Conversation Training (virtual)

The virtual facilitation training will take place online via Zoom over the following sessions:

  • Day 1: Thursday, July 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Day 2: Friday, July 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Day 3: Friday, August 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

To register for this virtual training, click here.

9:00 a.m., Virtual Event, statewide

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.

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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

October 14, 2024

Conversation Project: Does Nature Have a Purpose?

Oregonians have long struggled to balance cultural, political, and values-based differences tied to our use of land and resources. As we enter an age of accelerating environmental change and scarcity, it is important to understand what drives these differences. In this conversation we will explore our attitudes and assumptions about the purpose of the environment in our lives and how those attitudes and assumptions shape our perception of environmental issues and policies.

Read more about this event.

5:00 p.m., South Tillamook County Branch Library, Pacific City