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2013-14 Events Sponsored by the Oregon Humanities Center



To be alive is to be vulnerable. As with all living things, our existence is rich, dynamic, and wondrous, but also fragile and transitory. Daily news of environmental change, geo-political conflict and unrest, hunger and poverty, technological transformation, and social upheaval is disseminated instantly across nations and national boundaries. We may sometimes wonder whether there are any remaining safe havens amidst this welter of information and uncertainty.

But our vulnerability is also a key source for our ability to identify with people unlike ourselves, our willingness to cooperate with others for greater goods, our appreciation for nature’s beauty and bounty, our gifts of love, sympathy, and creativity.

Please join us this year as we explore some of the many facets of being vulnerable.

  Craig Childs "Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Future of the Earth." Science writer Craig Childs travels the globe exploring the Earth’s strengths and frailties, and its never-ending cycles of cataclysmic change and renewal. Childs is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed books and a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Victoria Sweet, M.D. "God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine." Physician, author, and prize-winning historian Victoria Sweet relates the story of how her twenty years of clinical practice at an almshouse in San Francisco and the study of Hildegard of Bingen have shaped her views on healing and the practice of modern medicine.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Eugene

Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Portland
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Jeffrey Duncan Andrade



"Note to Educators: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete." Professor of Raza Studies and Education and high school English teacher Jeff Duncan-Andrade shares stories of how radical curricular reform and his personalized approach to teaching have helped at-risk urban kids succeed to become college-educated, contributing members of their communities.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Kenji Yoshino "The Choice of the Three Caskets: Law, Equity, and Mercy in The Merchant of Venice." Drawing on his recent book, A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice, legal scholar Kenji Yoshino examines a famous scene from Shakespeare’s most explicitly legal play, The Merchant of Venice. His analysis illustrates the kinds of justice individuals can dispense, illuminating some of the most vexing questions about the legal profession in Shakespeare’s time and in our own.

Friday, April 11, 2014
7:30 p.m. • 175 Knight Law Center
UO in Eugene
Bruce Schneier

"Internet, Security, and Power." Computer security expert and writer Bruce Schneier examines the various ways power manifests itself in the Internet, and how security both allows the powerful to remain so while permitting the powerless to thrive as well. On the Internet, data equals power, and the dynamic between the various forces is the fundamental societal issue of the Information Age.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
7:30 p.m. • EMU Ballroom
Thursday, May 29, 2014
7:30 p.m. • UO in Portland


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