This Place is a community conversation about place, including questions of belonging, affection, stewardship, ownership, and borders, among others, presented by Oregon Humanities and co-hosted by the Lebanon Public Library and the Lebanon Senior Center.
This program is one of many being held throughout the state, which will then be followed up with a one-day gathering that will include a keynote address by political leader and author Daniel Kemmis, lunch with Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody, and a series of community conversations and activities. The statewide gathering will take place on October 28 at the Chehalem Cultural Center at 415 E. Sheridan St. in Newberg.
Oregon Humanities hopes the conversations and gathering will be opportunities for all Oregonians to explore their relationship to the places they’ve come from and the places they’re in now; to consider how communities have lost or gained land and power, and how this has affected individuals and groups within these communities; to consider the history of neighborhoods, communities, and the state and how those places have changed over time; and to explore options for meaningful engagement with their places and communities going forward.
This program is sponsored in large part by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Humanities in the Public Square program and the Common Good initiative.