Connect in Place

Maria Rodriguez

We’re hosting virtual conversations with people across the state on Tuesday evenings. Our aim is to create spaces, in this physically separated moment, for Oregonians to gather, connect, reflect, and talk with one another.

November 10

What Just Happened? What Happens Next? with Adam Davis
One week after election day, Oregon Humanities will host an online community conversation about the results of federal, state, and local elections. This statewide conversation will focus less on the numbers than on the significance of these results for ourselves and our communities. Through a combination of small breakout group and whole group discussion, we'll talk about how we voted and especially what these votes mean about where we are and where we're going, wherever we happen to be across the state. Read more about this program and facilitator.

November 17

Relationships for Resilience with Christina deVillier
In this conversation, we will explore the dynamics of our strongest relationships, seeking to name the qualities and practices that underpin resilience. How can we bring our insights more intentionally and broadly to bear, both in our human relationships and in our relationships with our home—lands, waters, and ecosystems? Read more about this program and facilitator.

December 1

Can We Get Along? Examining Our Personal Experiences of Connection and Community with Chisao Hata
What holds us back from connecting with each other? How do our personal experiences contribute to—and have the potential to break down—these barriers? Join facilitator Chisao Hata as she holds space to examine our individual and collective questions on race, perspectives, and cultural values around what brings us together and what separates us. Read more about this program and facilitator.

December 15

What is a Creative Priority? With MOsley WOtta
This conversation investigates the relevance of making art during times of personal, communal, or global crisis. What exactly does creativity offer us during this time of obvious uncertainty? What is our collective and personal obligation to creativity during a significant upheaval? Read more about this program and facilitator.

January 12

Talking about Dying with Andrea Cano
This conversation offers an opportunity to reflect on the stories and cultural influences that shape our thinking about death and dying and share perspectives and ideas with fellow community members. How might our family, traditions, rituals, religion, and beliefs shape how we think about death? What would a ‘good death’ look like for us—what do we want—and not want—at the end of our life? What are the essential considerations? Read more about this program and facilitator.

January 26

Exploring Power and Privilege with Courage, Creativity, and Compassion with Ridhi D’Cruz
As individuals and groups, we experience varying levels and different types of privileges and powers. How can we hold space for these feelings while also creating conditions for new insights to emerge that deepen our understanding of each other and ourselves? Join facilitator Ridhi D’Cruz for a conversation that explores how we face and transform oppression in our everyday lives. Read more about this program and facilitator.


Each Tuesday’s conversations will take place simultaneously via Zoom. Here's a quick guide to getting started using Zoom.

If you have questions or suggestions about these conversations, please contact Jennifer Alkezweeny at

We know that COVID-19 affects individuals and communities differently, so we’re working with our facilitators to develop online conversations that are relevant and responsive. Each week, we will present opportunities to join a conversation on a particular topic, to reflect on and share your experience, to listen to others, and to stay connected during this time of uncertainty and change.

Throughout this developing series of conversations, we will partner with organizations across Oregon to engage with and respond to local communities. We will also host conversations for affinity groups and explore statewide conversations. For now, we will aim to keep the number of participants in each conversation below twenty so that everyone will have a chance to speak and be heard.