Corvallisites will soon get a chance to engage in conversations—not just any conversations, but tough conversations about community and place. Oregon Humanities brings its Conversation Project to the Corvallis Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 26 “to connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at a consensus.”
The Conversation Project offers over 30 topics to choose from including issues of death, homelessness, and race. Topics are hosted statewide, but for Corvallis the topic is “This Place: A Conversation About Power, Place, Home, and Belonging.” The conversation should last about 90 minutes, and will be facilitated by Bob Daly, a coordinator for the Benton Hospice Service Caregiver Support Program.
While the topic may seem abstract, Daly will lead the discussion and help people communicate across their differences while keeping an open sense of curiosity. Attendees will be able to explore questions of where they come from and where they are now, borders, and even community. Daly said he has “no preconceived outcomes that I hope people walk away with other than they’ve had an interesting and informative conversation.”
Attendees will receive a sort of “Conversation Tool Kit,” if you will. This kit outlines the Conversation Project structure, what occurred at the event, and provides suggestions for how to engage in similar conversations in the future.
“The biggest goal I have personally is that people will feel engaged in conversations with each other,” said Daly. He hopes community members will be able to build off this event, and learn to have tough conversations in all areas of their lives. If change is needed, discussions could bring them to light and incite action.
This event is free, open to the public, and begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.oregonhumanities.org.
By Regina Pieracci