Oregon Humanities Center

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The OHC office is closed. Staff are working remotely and are available via email.

Past lectures and UO Today interviews are available on the OHC’s YouTube channel and as podcasts on Soundcloud.

Overlooking the University of Oregon’s Memorial Quad, the Oregon Humanities Center is located near the Knight Library and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in 154 Prince Lucien Campbell (PLC) Hall. The OHC houses offices for four residential fellows in addition to those of the OHC staff. The OHC Conference Room provides a venue for Work-in-Progress and Books-in-Print talks, colloquia, dissertation defenses, and other meetings.

2019–20 Convergence:
intersections between the sciences and the humanities

The “Convergence” lecture series will highlight key areas of human experience where science and the humanities intersect as well as areas of divergence where science and the humanities could be brought into more productive relation. Our speakers will discuss a range of topics and perspectives relating to bioethics, health and justice, climate change and human adaptation, and neuroscience and the human brain.

As scientific research opportunities expand, urgent questions concerning the impact of these discoveries on the human experience are coming to the forefront of the public debate: How is the research being done? What ethical practices and guidelines are being adopted to ensure that human rights and biological diversity are protected? Who is funding the research and why? How are the innovations being used—or misused? What are the impacts to individuals, communities, countries, and our planet? When is the right moment to pivot and change directions if these questions cannot be answered? When do we forge ahead quickly for the benefit of all?