Library reschedules “This Place”

Josephine County residents are invited to join the rescheduled free conversation presented by Portland based educator, activist, and arts administrator Paul Susi, titled “This Place” on Saturday, November 19 at 10 a.m. at the Grants Pass branch. This Conversation Project has been rescheduled after the cancellation of the original September program due to overwhelming interest.

“This Place” is a series of ninety-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, contact the Grants Pass branch at 541-476-0571 or