Join the editors of Oregon Humanities magazine for an evening featuring Sallie Tisdale, Daniela Molnar, Paul Susi, and Laura Gibson, and other recent contributors reading essays and poems.
We're currently accepting submissions of features and cover art for our Spring 2023 issue on the theme "Joy and Pain."
Prompts for conversation about this issue and links to learn more about the stories and ideas explored herein.
Questions for discussing the articles in the Climate issue with friends, plus links to learn more about the topics covered.
Editor Ben Waterhouse writes about choosing the theme "Climate" amid a summer of heat waves and fires.
Oregon Humanities is a magazine about the experiences, ideas, and beliefs of Oregonians. The magazine is published three times each year, in spring, summer, and fall, and is offered free of charge to Oregon residents. In each issue, Oregon writers, artists, and readers explore diverse perspectives and challenging questions relating to the place we live and the people who live here.
Questions to prompt conversation after reading and ways to learn more about or get involved with the ideas and issues explored in this issue
Since 1971, Oregon Humanities has offered programs and publications that help Oregonians connect, reflect, and learn from one another.
Adam Davis writes about waiting and wondering amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our readers' favorite articles and videos from the past year explore housing and exclusion, hidden histories, race, gender, and poverty.
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Our readers' favorite articles and videos from the past year explore stories of identity, place, and belonging.
Our readers' favorite articles and videos from the past year explore stories of place, belonging, and identity both personal and historical.
We want to know more about the readers of Oregon Humanities to ensure that the magazine is meeting the interests and needs of our subscribers and give us an idea of how to improve the publication.
Editor Kathleen Holt on looking for identity in the post-colonial welter of midcentury Hawaii.
Author Zahir Janmohamed and photographer Tojo Andrianarivo profile student refugees living and thriving in Portland despite uncertainty.
Readers write about Might
A conversation about the Great Migration with Isabel Wilkerson and Rukaiyah Adams
Oregon Humanities magazine editor Kathleen Holt on the power--and privilege--of rooting oneself to places
A conversation about the Great Migration's and the civil right movement with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson
In the face of loss, cleaning hotel rooms and a lifelong friend offer solace. An essay by Meryl Williams
Writer Helen Hill on consequences she faced after leaving her beloved home in the hands of others
Creative resistance bloomed in the lead up to the Vancouver Olympics. An excerpt from Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics by Jules Boykoff
Hope and a history of tragedy live together in a Cowlitz woman's son. An essay by Christine Dupres
Readers write about Root
Editor Kathleen Holt on inertia
Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, writes about cultural inheritance.
Journalist Brent Walth on how legal measures targeting Latino Oregonians reflect fears of change.
The long-persecuted Roma people begin to speak out. By Lisa Loving
Illustrating the systems that move salmon, waste, traffic, and legislation
Novelist Laila Lalami on moving between languages to find her voice
Loretta Stinson on deciding to leave an abusive marriage for good
Finding the horizon in a life rocked with waves. An essay by Jason Arias
Readers write about Move
Editor Kathleen Holt on keeping her daughter safe in a place filled with threats of violence, disappointment, and despair
Eula Biss writes about how a threat becomes a plague in this excerpt from her book On Immunity.
Bandleader Simon Tam explains his fight to trademark his band’s name, “The Slants.” Tam recently argued his case before the US Supreme Court. He won.
Are there alternatives to police that could keep communities safe? Author Kristian Williams discusses lessons from the Black Freedom Movement.
Copping out at an uptown slumber party. An essay by Dionisia Morales
Embracing grief in the wilderness. An essay by Michael Heald
Writer Wendy Willis's open letter to the students of Columbia University Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board, with a special note to her daughters.
Editor Kathleen Holt on the aftermath of a traumatizing fire
Two journalists return to their native countries to help other journalists express dissent.
Elliot Young writes about the origins of the belief that immigrants harm our society
Journalist Valerie Rapp on the complexities of dam removal
Bobby Arellano on waiting for an alcoholic father to stand up
After a mastectomy, finding beauty in loss. An essay by Gretchen Icenogle
Jamie Passaro writes about parenting—and being parented—through mental illness.
Civic leaders describe the loss of Portland's strong black communities and the hope of restoring them in the future in a video by Ifanyi Bell.
Talking about Ferguson, feminism, and filling out forms with Oregon Humanities magazine contributors
Editor Kathleen Holt on parenting as performance
Journalist Nigel Duara on the media becoming part of the story in the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Bitch Media cofounder Andi Zeisler wonders if feminism's pop-culture cachet has doomed the movement.
Writer Wendy Willis ponders which race to check and which people to leave behind when asked about her racial and ethnic background.
When a new medication makes the Lois Ruskai Melina's mother more outgoing and impulsive, she must face a choice: Should she have her taken off the drug, even though she likes her better on it?
A humanitarian aid worker in Sri Lanka finds herself caught up in a race to harvest the tusks of a dead elephant.
Filmmaker Ifanyi Bell writes about growing up underestimated in Portland
Readers Write about Quandary
Talking about epigenetics, adoption, faith, and clowns with Oregon Humanities magazine contributors
Beginnings are appealing. They beguile with promise and possibility.
Editor Kathleen Holt on developing a capacity for solitude and a habit of self-reflection in her children
Linguist Edwin Battistella on pronouns and the myth of a "me generation"
To understand the world, we must first understand ourselves. An essay by Jay Ponteri
What happens when quitting your job means quitting yourself? An essay by Courtenay Hameister
Joanna Rose on a writer's road trip gone wrong
Parent and child, strange and baffling creatures that are part, yet no part, of each other. An essay by Daniel Rivas
Readers write about "Me"
Editor Kathleen Holt on cities as more than just places
J. David Santen Jr. on what Oregon's communities look like forty years after the passage of Senate Bill 100
What do the cities of science fiction books and films say about the way we perceive the cities we live in? An essay by Dan DeWeese
Editor Kathleen Holt on desire for the novel, the riveting, and the spectacular
Editor Kathleen Holt on conflict in sports and politics
Editor Kathleen Holt on the many meanings of place
Readers write about "Skin"
Editor Kathleen Holt on anticipation
Editor Kathleen Holt on the effort of looking.