Consider This: The American Dream in Oregon

Oregon Humanities will host two events this month as part of its Consider This series American Dreams, American Myths, American Hopes, and anyone in Oregon can participate.  

The American Dreams series takes a probing look into the stories we tell about our origins, ideals, and aspirations. 

May 11 – Virtual Event 

On Wednesday, May 11, Laura Kipnis will discuss the economy of love and marriage from the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland. The event, which takes place from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., will be livestreamed free on YouTube. You can register for this event at the Oregon Humanities website. 

Laura Kipnis is the author of seven books, most recently Love in the Time of Contagion: A Diagnosis. In 2017, she took on the “sexual hysteria overtaking American campuses” in her book Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus. 

May 19 – Live Event in Newport 

The Newport Performing Arts Center, located at 777 W. Olive St in Newport, will play host to the second Oregon Humanities event with a conversation about “Newport’s Diverse Paths to an American Dream” on Thursday, May 19, at 6:00 p.m. This is a live, free event. 

In this panel discussion, moderator Alex Lluminquinga will talk with Jose Hernandez-Herndez, a 17-year-old junior at Newport High School and first-generation U.S. citizen; Kathy Sewell, Community Employment Coastal Manager for Exceed Enterprises, helping build vocational, recreational and personal development services for community members; Tracy Flowers, executive director and founder of Grace Wins Haven, assisting people in need in Lincoln County; and Dr. Karen Gray, superintendent of Lincoln County School District, president of the Newport Symphony Board, member of the City of Newport’s Advisory Committee, and board member of the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County. 

The Newport Public Library was selected for a 2022 Consider This Mini Grant for Rural Libraries from Oregon Humanities.  

Oregon Humanities is an organization aimed at helping our communities by facilitating conversations, storytelling, and participation in the process of creation. They are an essential part of the arts community throughout the state. To receive their magazine, go to this website. 

By Peggy Perdue