Race Monologues
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Race Monologues

Each year a different group of L&C students writes an original series of personal narratives to share their feelings, experiences, and understandings of race, ethnicity, and identity.

Featuring L&C students Mahmoud Ahmed ’19, Christen Cromer ’18, Tiffany Farmer ’18, Lani Felicitas ’18, Genea Gettig ’19, Maya Hernandez ’19, Miguel Posada ’19, Bradley Ralph ’19, and Carlos Sanchez ’18.


Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating in the Chapel will be limited to the first 460 people who arrive. Please also note that the doors will be closed at 7:00 p.m. Latecomers will not be seated.

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A Seat at the Table: Experiences of Black Portlanders
Nov
11
1:30 PM13:30

A Seat at the Table: Experiences of Black Portlanders

A symposium on home and belonging in Portland must address Black lives and experiences in the “whitest city in America.” This panel explores how Black communities have transformed in relation to the white population and other people of color in the city. Where are spaces of intimacy and kinship for Black Portlanders? How are Black Portlanders rewriting and amplifying their narratives?

Moderator: Kundai Chirindo, L&C assistant professor of rhetoric and media studies

Intisar Abioto, photographer, creator of The Black Portlanders
Kim Cameron-Dominguez, L&C visiting assistant professor of anthropology
Stephanie Ghoston, Da Lab PDX, a space for black kinship and love

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Indigenous Conceptions of Place
Nov
11
11:30 AM11:30

Indigenous Conceptions of Place

This panel examines home in terms of land and physical landscapes, asking how home is conceptualized in particular geographic spaces. In particular, this panel explores what land and place mean to indigenous people.

Moderator: Hilary Martin Himan, L&C Chamberlin Social Justice and Faith in Action Coordinator, Office of Spiritual Life

Natchee Barnd, assistant professor of ethnic studies, Oregon State University
Mikeala Owen, L&C ’17 and RWS co-chair, “Water is Life: Indigenous Coalition and Social Media in the Standing Rock Efforts to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline”
Jesse Robertson, L&C ’17, “Land Use, Utopia, and Dispossession at Rajneeshpuram”
Michael Martinez, L&C law student ’17, member of Native American Law Students Association, “Indigenous Conceptions of Place: Legal Background”

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Toward New Roots? Settling and Unsettling Identities
Nov
11
9:30 AM09:30

Toward New Roots? Settling and Unsettling Identities

This panel explores the ways in which racial identities fluctuate depending on a person’s physical location.

Moderator: Diana Leonard, L&C assistant professor of psychology

Jeff Chang, author, Colorlines cofounder, and RWS keynote speaker
Daniel Eisen, assistant professor of sociology, Pacific University
Nicolette Sauramba, L&C ’19, member of Bantu Ba Africa
Anna N’Semi, L&C ’19, member of Bantu Ba Africa

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“You,” “Me,” and “We”: Difference, Belonging, and Community in the Era of Black Lives Matter
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

“You,” “Me,” and “We”: Difference, Belonging, and Community in the Era of Black Lives Matter

Keynote Presentation

Jeff Chang, cultural critic and author

Introduced by Anna Gonzalez, L&C Dean of Students

We live in an era in which demagogues promote division and resegregation surges. How do we name these new racialized conditions that have changed our interior and external geographies? How do we build belonging and community that transforms these conditions into freedom for all?

Council Chamber, Templeton Student Center

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Home Plate: Food and Cultural Belonging
Nov
10
3:30 PM15:30

Home Plate: Food and Cultural Belonging

This panel will look at the ways in which food contributes to racial, ethnic, and collective identities by connecting people through tradition and cultural practice.

Moderator: Angela Buck, L&C assistant director of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

Soleil Ho, writer, chef, and host of The Racist Sandwich podcast
Judy BlueHorse Skelton, senior instructor, Indigenous Nations Studies, Portland State University
Maria Garcia, co-founder, Revolución Coffee House
Bertony Faustin, owner, Abbey Creek Vineyard and Winery

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Uprooted: Displacement, Mobility, and Impermanence
Nov
10
1:30 PM13:30

Uprooted: Displacement, Mobility, and Impermanence

This panel will look at the ways in which people create home, specifically in the context of migrations and movements, while keeping in mind urgent issues of immigration and refugeeism.

Moderator: Maryann Bylander, L&C assistant professor of sociology

Sara Jay, L&C visiting assistant professor of history
Leone Palmeri, L&C ’17, “La Fabbrica Occupata, a Space of Resistance and Self Organization”
Lena Novak, L&C ’17, “Migrant Shelters: Space, Communication and Interaction”
Elliott Young, L&C professor of history and director of ethnic studies

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No Place Like Home: Housing and Displacement in Portland
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

No Place Like Home: Housing and Displacement in Portland

By looking at the historical context, contemporary public policy, and feet-on-the-ground activism, this panel aims to complicate the idea of “home,” understand how race and ethnicity affect access to housing, examine how people make community in these spaces, and amplify the work being done to combat an ever-growing crisis in this city many of us call home.

Moderator: Reiko Hillyer, L&C assistant professor of history

Lisa Bates, associate professor of urban studies, Portland State University
Carol Chan, Chinese outreach associate, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Katrina Holland, executive director, Community Alliance of Tenants
Cameron Whitten, executive director, Know Your City

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