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Event is set for Wednesday, March 7, at The Marquis Tualatin, 19945 S.W. Boones Ferry Road, Tualatin.

"Power, Privilege, and Racial Diversity in Oregon," is the subject of a free conversation with Willamette University Professor Emily Drew at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at The Marquis Tualatin, 19945 S.W. Boones Ferry Road, Tualatin.

The program is hosted by the Vision Action Network and sponsored by Oregon Humanities. Participants can register at www.visionactionnetwork.org.

"Although census data show Oregon's population becoming more racially diverse, the perception persists that we are one of the whitest states in the nation," network officials wrote in a press release. "Many Oregonians value racial diversity and the dimension and depth it adds to our lives, yet we remain largely isolated from one another and have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society. What systems are in place to prevent the racial integration and equity many of us strive for?"

Drew is an associate professor of sociology at Salem's Willamette University, where she teaches courses on racism, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, mass media and social change. She earned her doctorate from Loyola University Chicago and has published articles in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Television & New Media and Tourism & Cultural Change.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in challenging conversations about ideas critical to their daily lives and the state's future.

For more information about the free community discussion, contact Felicita Monteblanco at 503-846-5792 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information about Oregon Humanities' programs and publications — which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, 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.

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