‘This Place’ Conversation Project

PROGRAM CANCELED.
9/24/2016 9:20 am. This morning’s “This Place” program is canceled. The facilitator’s car broke down en route to Grants Pass this morning. JCLI apologizes for any inconvenience. If you are still interested in attending “This Place,” please email info@josephinelibrary.org for a list of other organizations hosting this talk in southern Oregon over the next two months.


Josephine County residents are invited to join a free conversation presented by Portland based educator, activist, and arts administrator Paul Susi, titled “This Place” on Saturday, September 24 at 10 am at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Libraries.

“This Place” is a series of 90-minute community discussions sponsored by Oregon Humanities happening across the state this fall. The discussions provide Oregonians with an opportunity to explore their relationship to the places they’ve come from and the places they’re in now; to consider how communities have lost or gained land and power, and how this has affected people within these communities; to consider the history of neighborhoods, communities, and the state, and how those places have changed over time; and to explore options for meaningful engagement with their places and communities going forward.

Participants will come away from this conversation with a strengthened sense of community support and collective engagement around their exploration of place, as well as a resource list and information to help them continue the conversation.

Paul Susi is an educator, activist, arts administrator and a performing artist based in Portland, Oregon. He has worked as a youth counselor and an educator at several Portland nonprofit organizations serving homeless, recovering, post-incarcerated and adjudicated populations, including Clackamas County Juvenile Department’s Restorative Justice Division, New Avenues for Youth, Janus Youth Programs, DePaul Treatment Centers, Hooper Detox, and PlayWrite, Inc.

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 the Grants Pass branch at 541-476-0571 or info@josephinelibrary.org.