"Know Us" in September with Deschutes Public Library

Posted By:  Tina Walker Davis
Date Posted:  8/25/2020

All programs are presented online; follow the links with each program to learn more about how to access.


Smith Rock State Park: A Look Back – September 5

Thirty years ago, Oregon Park Ranger Doug Crispin showed up at Smith Rock State Park to become the park's first on-site park manager. What type of new visitor facilities should the park provide for the rock climbing and hiking crowds overrunning this park? How should the park manage rock climbing, a very unique type of recreation? How can strained relations with neighbors and emergency service providers be improved? And how could the park protect its rare nesting raptors?


Anis Mojgani: Oregon Poet Laureate Reads -- September 10

Anis Mojgani is the current Poet Laureate of Oregon. A two-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, Mojgani has been awarded creative residences from the Vermont Studio Center, The Bloedel Nature Reserve, The Sou'wester, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. He has done commissioned work for the Getty Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, and is the author of five books of poetry and an opera libretto. His work has also appeared on HBO, NPR, in the pages of such journals as RattlePlatypus, and Bat City Review. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Portland Oregon.


The Lived Experience of Racism and White Privilege – September 13

Racial issues and tensions have been on full display since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. As demands for racial justice increase we’re taking time to listen to two community members about their lived experiences, from both the privileged and disadvantaged side of the issue. Albert Wright and Annemarie Hamlin discuss structural racism and white privilege.


From Closed Consulates to Closed Courtrooms: The Curtailing of Immigration in America – September 15

Join Bend Immigration Group attorneys as they discuss changes in immigration law in this live webinar, as part of Bend’s Welcoming Week. They will discuss a range of changes in Immigration Law from the current Administration’s change to the Public Charge Rule, proposed changes to Asylum Law, the Remain in Mexico policy, the Supreme Court's decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and the impact of COVID-19 on the processing of applications and petitions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the closure of Non-Detained Immigration Courts, and the worldwide suspension on routine visa services at U.S. Consulates.


Let’s Talk About Race – September 17

Explore how normalizing race conversations can begin to break down systematic and individual racial prejudices with Christy Walker, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Central Oregon Community College. Presented in partnership with COCC. This brief informational training explores the notion that the more we are able to talk about racial issues, the more we can begin to break down systemic and individualized racial prejudices. While it is not meant to be a cure-all, it is inviting folks to engage in conversations that create disruptions.


Hablemos de Raza: Normalización de Conversaciones Raciales -- Septiembre 17

Explora como el acto de normalizar conversaciones sobre raza, puedan empezar a de-construir prejuicios estructurales e individuales con Christy Walker, Directora de Diversidad e Inclusión para COCC. En colaboración con COCC. Esta capacitación informativa explora la noción de que cuanto más seamos capaces de hablar sobre cuestiones raciales, más podremos comenzar a romper los prejuicios raciales sistémicos e individualizados. Mientras no pretende ser una cura para todo, está invitando a las personas a participar en conversaciones que crean interrupciones.


Blacks in Oregon: A Brief Survey – September 22

During this presentation, Professor James Harrison, retired instructor of history and humanities at Portland Community College, will examine major events in the history of Blacks in Oregon from the 17th century to the 1960s and highlight the unvarnished truth of a successful fight against oppression within national and international contexts. During the mid-1960s, Harrison was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in New York City and participated in several demonstrations and marches against discriminatory policies; he was also engaged in a voter registration and education programs.


Our Journey: Navigating Burnout During COVID-19 – September 23

Explore burnout and coping during challenging times with this live webinar. We are all navigating the unfamiliar waters of COVID-19, while also witnessing and/or participating in an anti-racist movement. Burnout syndrome is defined as emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. Explore hope burnout, resiliency, meaning making, and the art of self-compassion. Learn tools and techniques to help understand, prevent, and cope with burnout and compassion fatigue during these challenging times. Psycho-education, mindfulness, and brief solution focused strategies will be covered and a brief Q & A discussion will be facilitated following the program.


Through Eyes Like Mine: With Author Noriko Nakada – September 28

Noriko Nakada was born in Bend in the 1970s to a Japanese-American father and German-Irish mother. Her family became increasingly diverse when they adopted a six-year-old boy from Korea. As she struggled to find comfort within her family and community, she examined her family’s silences and began to understand life, death, and her own identity. Nakada will read excerpts from her memoir, Through Eyes Like Mine, and discuss the challenges and isolation a multiracial girl faces in small-town America.


Tribal History/Shared History – September 29

Learn about the activism and work that led to the passing of SB 13, also known as Tribal History/Shared History, with Angie Morrill. Angie is currently Director of Title VI Indian Education Program for Portland Public Schools and is an enrolled member of The Klamath Tribes. SB 13 directs the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to create K-12 Native American Curriculum for inclusion in Oregon public schools and provide professional development to educators. She will discuss the work towards implementation in Portland Public School district and in districts across the state, as well as the importance of Native American Curriculum for all students.


Yolanda Alicia Performance – September 30

Singer Yolanda Alicia shares songs of heritage. As a daughter of Mexican immigrants, Yolanda has a passion for sharing the culture, traditions, and music of Mexico. It has been her life-long work as a bilingual teacher, volunteer and, now, a doting abuela (grandmother). Most recently she was honored to perform with local musicians, Miguel de Alonso and Billy Mickleson, during the past three Dia de los Muertos celebrations at the Downtown Bend Library. Yolanda sings songs featured on her CD, ¿Dónde Andarás?, which she created as a tribute to her parents and the music they loved.

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