A live conversation with Nkenge Harmon Johnson, president and CEO of Urban League of Portland, and activist and data scientist Samuel Sinyangwe, cocreator of Police Scorecard and Mapping Police Violence.
Join us January 22 for an onstage conversation on democracy, justice, and the American court system.
Caitlyn May covers the complicated story behind the closure of Douglas County's libraries and their difficult paths to reopening sustainably.
Emilly Prado writes about how changes to immigration legislation shape the lives of undocumented families in an excerpt from "More than Words," her project for Oregon Humanities' Emerging Journalists, Community Stories project.
Kitchen Table Democracy's project Educated in Oregon will explore how storytelling, in the form of short audio stories, creates space for productive conversation about the future of education in Oregon.
Join facilitator Aimee Craig for a conversation that explores the extent to which our various—and sometimes conflicting—ideals about the purpose of public education align with what is happening in our schools.
What does it mean to our society that 8 percent of our overall US population—and 33 percent of African American men—who have felony convictions run into these barriers after they serve time in prison? Join facilitator Pamela Slaughter in a conversation about how this reality affects our communities and what alternatives might look like.
This conversation explores our environmental values and questions how those values are reflected—or not reflected—in current local, national, and global environmental policies.
Facilitators Anita Yap and Traci Price will lead participants in a conversation that looks at how Oregon’s history of racism influences our present and asks, How can understanding historic and current impacts of racism in Oregon contribute to our sense of place and vision of the future?
This conversation explores our environmental values and question how those values are reflected—or not reflected—in current policies.
Join us for a conversation about alternative systems of justice with two people who have dedicated their careers to reforming the one we have now: Novelist and former criminal investigator Rene Denfeld; David Rogers, executive director of ACLU of Oregon; and Bobbin Singh, executive director of Oregon Justice Resource Center.
Anoop Mirpuri on the economic causes of racist policing
Given competing interests and visions of the public good, how do we protect our common resources such as land, water, and air? Join philosopher Monica Mueller to explore our environmental values and question how those values are reflected—or not reflected—in current local, national, and global environmental policies.
Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, moderates a panel discussion on the Portland comprehensive plan.
This fall, Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario will present "My Brother's Keeper," a series of eight documentary film screenings exploring the lives of marginalized peoples and issues such as mental health, addiction, and mass incarceration. Each screening will be followed by a presentation and Q&A session by a local nonprofit or government agency.
Join philosopher Monica Mueller to explore our environmental values and question how those values are reflected—or not reflected—in current local, national, and global environmental policies.
As efforts to clean up Portland Harbor begin, the communities most affected by pollution see a chance to reconnect to the Willamette River. By Julia Rosen
Matthew Minicucci writes about searching for the origin of a tiny sliver of public land in Marion County.
A conversation reflecting on the show with hip hop artist and activist Mic Crenshaw. This is an Oregon Humanities grant-funded event.
A conversation reflecting on the show with Pancho Savery, professor of English and humanities at Reed College. This is an Oregon Humanities grant-funded event.
A conversation reflecting on the show. This is an Oregon Humanities grant-funded event.
A conversation reflecting on the show with JoAnn Hardesty, President of NAACP Portland branch. This is an Oregon Humanities grant-funded event.
In Southern Oregon, the lack of affordable housing edges out a growing number of people. An essay by Vanessa Houk
Oregonians have been active and vocal participants in global debates over trade since the creation of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Lawyer and researcher Michael Fakhri will lead participants in a conversation about how we assess the value of international trade agreements.
A conversation with Portland leaders and activists working on creative ways to mitigate the effects of the city's housing shortage and build more stable, prosperous communities.
The first program of the 2017 History in the News forum series explores the history of immigration, immigration law, and immigrant rights in Oregon. This is an Oregon Humanities grant-funded event.
The NAACP Eugene-Springfield Branch hosts a forum about racial identification on government forms. This is an Oregon Humanities grant-funded event.
This film produced by Jodi Darby for Oregon Humanities shares the experiences of Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in the Portland Expo Center during World War II.
Author Eric Gold on the Portland Expo Center’s era as a prison for Japanese Americans during World War II.
Oregon Humanities magazine editor Kathleen Holt on the complicated and blurry lines between private rights and public good
Writer Guy Maynard on a little-known history of a Southern Oregon community during World War II where prisoners of war were more welcome than US military of color
Mexican immigrants find home in el nuevo South. An excerpt from Translation Nation by Héctor Tobar
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
Elliot Young writes about the origins of the belief that immigrants harm our society
Journalist Valerie Rapp on the complexities of dam removal
Talking about epigenetics, adoption, faith, and clowns with Oregon Humanities magazine contributors
Colleen Kaleda writes about the hope and hearbreak of international adoption.
Camela Raymond asks economists, activists, public officials, and financiers for advice for Oregon's ailing economy.
Historian Bob Bussel on Oregon's long history of protecting workers