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Oregons future focus of statewide conversations

Humanities group looks for answers through meetings on ideas, plans

The Oregon Humanities (formerly Oregon Council for the Humanities) will offer public forums for idea discussions, known as the 'Conversation Project: A New Chautauqua.'

Several free programs by scholars will be offered, from Nov. 5 to Feb. 27, 2010. Ideas include friendship, mega cities, the future of rural communities, media literacy and re-imagining the American prison system.

Area programs are as follows, listed by county (for more information, go to www.oregonhumanities.org):

Clackamas

(all events at Wilsonville Public Library, 8200 S.W. Wilsonville Road)

• 6:30 p.m., Nov. 18 - Marking Our Territory: How to Read Local Newspapers, by Reiko Hillyer

• 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 - Night of a Thousand Stars: A Portrait of Life in Iraq, by Joel Preston

• 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 - Beyond Bars: Re-envisioning the Prison System, by Walidah Imarisha

• 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 - Borderless: Migration, Globalization and Changing Communities, by Elliott Young

Washington

• 7 p.m. Jan. 5 - The Voters Have Spoken: Oregon's Controversial Ballot Initiatives, by Jackson Miller, Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove

• 2 p.m. Jan. 17 - Of the People or For the People: Getting the Government We Deserve, by Jeff Golden, Hillsboro Public Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro

• 2 p.m. Feb. 6 - Friend Me? Notions of Friendship in a Changing World, by Courtney Campbell and Lani Roberts, Sherwood Public Library, 22560 S.W. Pine St., Sherwood

• 2 p.m. Feb. 21 - Slow Learners: Two Hundred Years of Unheeded Warnings, by Richard Clinton, Hillsboro Public Library

Multnomah

• 2 p.m. Nov. 8 - Seeding a Sense of Place: Science, Stories and Smart Forest Policy, by Gail Wells, Nature Center at Tryon Creek State Park, 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.

• 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 - Of the People or For the People: Getting the Government We Deserve, by Jeff Golden, Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 S.W. Naito Parkway.

• 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19 - Walking Our Talk: Moral Integrity and Self-Deception, by Lani Roberts, OASIS Adult Classroom, Macy's Fourth Floor, 621 S.W. Fifth Ave.

- Jason Vondersmith