April 2nd: Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians
Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians
In 2015, Oregon’s population exceeded 4 million people, and the state is changing demographically. Considering that Oregon has a history of racial exclusion, these changes prompt questions about Oregonian identity and values. How are minority and under-represented populations included and treated today? This is the focus of a conversation with Kerani Mitchell, an East Indian adoptee who has spent most of her life in small Oregon towns and since has extensively studied multicultural and social justice issues. Mitchell is accustomed to questions about her citizenship and lineage. The constant questioning of her identity inspired Mitchell to obtain a BA in International Studies from Seattle University, where she focused on multicultural and social justice issues. She’s since held numerous positions coordinating people and programs in nonprofit settings, working with immigrant, student, and volunteer populations. She currently works as a coordinator at the year round arts and cultural nonprofit Sisters Folk Festival, Inc., and serves on the Bend International School Board of Directors.
Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas thatchange lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Bridging Oregon, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Presented by Oregon Humanities and hosted by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego.
ARTspace, 510 1st St, 6-8 pm