by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Wendy Willis will talk about the connection between food and citizenship Tuesday at the Lake Oswego Public Library.

As part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project, Wendy Willis will present “We Are What We Eat: Connecting Food and Citizenship” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The free program is hosted by the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th St., Lake Oswego.

Willis is a poet, essayist and national leader in civic engagement and collaborative governance. She is the executive director of the Policy Consensus Initiative, a national nonprofit organization housed at Portland State University devoted to improving democratic governance.

In addition to its long traditions in agriculture and fisheries, Oregon is known for its role in the movement to promote whole food in communities, schools and home kitchens. In addition to the daily practice of cooking and eating, many Oregonians think, talk and write about food.

Willis wonders if our relationship to food production, preparation and consumption might create deeper connections to our place and our neighbors and a pathway to increased self-sufficiency.

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. For more information about this event, call Fawn McGee at the Lake Oswego Public Library at 503-675-3995.

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