re are hungry children in the forest: Oregon's homeless campers
The second in a series of spring lectures co-hosted by the Friends of the Crook County Library and the Crook County Historical Society will take place on Friday, March 9, 7 p.m. at the Crook County Library community room.
Dr. Dee Southard will take a look at the thousands of homeless men, women and children in Oregon who are turned away from homeless shelters because they are already full. Where do these people go and what do they do?
This slide illustrated presentation, based on more than a decade of sociological field research by the speaker, examines the lives of homeless families who were camping on publicly owned lands during the 1990s.
Dr. Southard describes the challenges these families face and the adaptations that they make while living in tents and vehicles.
She also examines the effects of this lifestyle on the health, nutrition, and education of the children, and discusses the potential impact of their situation on our schools and communities. Several of her slides are of public land near Prineville.
Sociologist Dr. Dee Southard, Associate Professor of Sociology at Central Washington University in Ellensberg, created and currently coordinates the International Homeless Internet discussion list and web archive.
The Internet discussion list has over 500 members from 18 countries, the archive contains over 450 links to information about homelessness, and the website is accessible free of cost at: http://csf.colorado. edu/homeless.
This program is made possible by funding from the Oregon Council for the Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For further information about the program, call the Bowman Museum at 447-3715.