Power, Privilege, and Racial Diversity in Oregon

Wednesday, Apr. 3rd | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Main Meeting Room |

Although census data show Oregon’s population becoming more racially diverse, the perception persists that we are one of the whitest states in the nation. Many Oregonians value racial diversity and the dimension and depth it adds to our lives, yet we remain largely isolated from one another and have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society. What systems are in place to prevent the racial integration and equity many of us strive for? Knowing what we do, how do we act—as individuals and communities—to embrace the opportunity presented by a more diverse Oregon?

This is the focus of “Power, Privilege, and Racial Diversity in Oregon,” a free conversation with Willamette University professor Emily Drew on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Meeting Room of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library (645 NW Monroe Ave.). This program is hosted by the Friends of the Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Emily Drew is an associate professor of sociology at Willamette University, where she teaches courses on racism, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, mass media, and social change. She earned her doctorate from Loyola University Chicago and has published articles in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Television & New Media, and Tourism & Cultural Change.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Bonnie Brzozowski at 541-766-6965 or bonnie.brzozowski@corvallisoregon.gov.

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, Bridging Oregon, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.