Past Programs

On this page you'll find Oregon Humanities programs that are not currently happening.

2020–21: Connect in Place
Connect in Place brought people together for virtual conversations with other Oregonians to connect and reflect amid the physical separation of the COVID pandemic. We discontinued the program when we resumed the Conversation Project in August of 2021.

2018–19: Bridging Oregon 
Bridging Oregon convened groups of individuals in multiple regions of the state to talk together about the divides and connections they experience in their communities.

2018: Emerging Journalists, Community Stories
This fellowship program, offered in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Pulitzer Prizes, paired promising journalists with Pulitzer Prize finalists to explore Oregon stories.

2009–2020: Think & Drink
Since 2009, Oregon Humanities has hosted onstage conversations with writers, civic leaders, activists, and artists in bars, cafes, pubs, and theaters in Portland and around Oregon. This program continues under its new name, Consider This.

2016: This Place
In 2016, Oregon Humanities worked with partners across the state to present more than two dozen community conversations about place, culminating in a daylong gathering in Newberg.

2016: WeLead
WeLead was a collaboration between Oregon Humanities and Catlin Gabel's PLACE program that trained high school students to lead community conversations about challenging issues. Watch a video about this program here.

2015–16: Talking about Dying
Oregon Humanities presented thirty-eight discussions in communities all over the state about what we think about and pay attention to as we approach death. This program was offered in partnership with Cambia Health Foundation. These conversations continue as part of the Conversation Project.

2015–16: War Stories
Free, six-month reading, writing, and discussion groups led by Sean Davis and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities' Standing Together initiative

2015Community Discussions on Race and Policing
Oregon Humanities presented a series of community and panel discussions on race and policing in the Portland area in partnership with City Club of Portland.

2015: Growing the Latino Voice
A series of conversations and workshops in the Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon designed to improve political participation and representation among young Latino Oregonians, presented in partnership with the Latino Partnership Program of the Oregon Community Foundation.

2014–2017: On Coming Home
Reading and discussion programs presented by the Central Oregon Vet Center, Portland VA Medical Center, and Oregon Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities' Standing Together initiative

2014 and 2016: Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?
Oregon Humanities and the Rural Organizing Project partnered twice to present Walidah Imarisha's Conversation Project program on the history of Black communities in Oregon and their resistance to racist laws and systems in the state. These conversations took place in a dozen communities across Oregon.

2012–15: Idea Lab
Idea Lab was an annual three-day residential institute where Oregon high school teachers and more than one hundred rising seniors from across the state explored the pursuit of happiness through workshops, lectures, films, and discussions.


Bridging Oregon

Bridging Oregon is a conversation series that explores the idea that we are divided as a state and asks how we can come together to create stronger, more resilient communities. Join others in this conversation series project to address issues important to you and your community.