Eugene Public Library

Off-campus speaking venues

All OHC research fellows are required to give one off-campus public presentation of their work to a non-academic audience within one year of their fellowship term. Fellows should notify the OHC when they schedule their talk to coordinate publicity and ensure that the OHC knows the fellowship requirement is fulfilled. Below is a list of some possible off-campus venues. It is not comprehensive. We welcome proposals for alternate venues.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: This is a popular choice for OHC fellows. The speaker usually presents for 50 minutes, takes a 10 minute break, then either presents some more or opens it up to questions. Contact: Beate Galda at For more information about OLLI and to browse their offerings, visit their website at

Eugene Public Library: Presentations are generally one hour plus some time for Q&A/discusson, and take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 6-7:30 or on Saturdays from 3-4:30. (Additional days and times are possible, but these are times that work well for the Library’s schedule.) The Library is able to offer modest honoraria (up to $80) when their budget allows, and they promote their events with flyers, press releases, and social media posts. Contact: Scott Herron, Adult Services Librarian,

City Club: City Club loves to present programs that deal with contemporary issues being faced by our community, and sometimes larger national issues. “The key is to have someone who can add good information on a hot topic and who is a good speaker. Or even better, to have 2 speakers present opposing views on a topic.” City Club meets on Fridays at noon at the Downtown Athletic Club (DAC). Contact: Stefanie J. Harger,

Rotary Club of Eugene (aka Downtown Rotary Club): Talks should be 30 minutes long and will be scheduled for their Tuesday meetings. You need to send them a written synopsis of your proposed talk for their approval. Contact: Mary, or 541-485-5983.

Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 W. C Street, Springfield
This is an established free lecture program on Thursdays and Fridays. Start time is at 1:30pm and presentations generally last one hour. Host can provide A/V including projector, screen, speakers and laptop in any combination. Audience is older adults, and can range in size from 15-45 people.

Willamalane Center, 250 S. 32nd Street, Springfield
They are currently developing more evening programs for younger adults, so audience size is smaller. Presentations can be held Tuesday evenings, with a few Wednesday options. Suggested start time is at 6 p.m., but 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. are options as well. Any combination of A/V can be supplied.

General Info about Willamalane Centers:

  • Presenters should contact Kerry Jack,, 541-736-4444. She will usually offer 3-4 possible dates for the presenter to choose from.
  • Presenter should have a brief presentation description (3-4 sentences) for publication in the quarterly recreation guide (mailed to Springfield residents) and the website. They may also use all or part of the description in paper and electronic newsletters and press releases. Kerry may need to edit for space, but will run any changes past the presenter first.
  • Scheduling is done several months in advance. A rough guideline is:
    Contact Mid-September through Mid-October for presentations in January-April
    Contact Mid-January through Mid-February for presentations in May-August
    Contact Mid-June through Mid-July for presentations in September-December