This Place offers discussion in Joseph


Eastern Oregon residents are invited to talk about power, place, home and belonging.

This Oct. 13 event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide This Place series of free community conversations about place.

“‘This Place’ is a complicated and powerful idea that informs our identities and the way we live our lives, whether we’re talking about the communities we’re a part of, the neighborhoods where we live, or the lands that people before us called ‘home,’” according to a press release from the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center.

This Place is a series of 90-minute community discussions sponsored by Oregon Humanities happening across the state this fall.

One of these discussions will be happening in Joseph from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the United Methodist Church, (South of church proper).

The discussions provide Oregonians with an opportunity to explore their relationship to the places they’ve come from and the places they’re in now.

It will also give listeners an opportunity to consider how communities have lost or gained land and power, and how this has affected people within these communities and to consider the history of neighborhoods, communities, and the state, and how those places have changed over time.

Finally, it offers the opportunity to explore options for meaningful engagement with their places and communities going forward.

Participants will come away from this conversation with a strengthened sense of community support and collective engagement around their exploration of place, as well as a resource list and information to help them continue the conversation, according to the release.

This Place is part of a statewide initiative by Oregon Humanities to bring 25 conversations about place to communities across the state in September and October 2016.

The community conversations will culminate in a one-day gathering on Oct. 28 at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg.

These conversations will be led by trained facilitators from the fields of tribal resource management, anthropology, conflict resolution, applied theology, natural resource management, ethnic studies and fisheries science.

For more information about this free community discussion, contact Gwen at 541-426- 3545 or

To learn more about the one-day gathering, visit

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.

More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at

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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