‘What is Cultural Appropriation?’

Conversation Project to be held at Williams library branch 

Issues of cultural appropriation and identity are complicated. Power dynamics influence who benefits from certain cultural experience, and—given the global nature of our world—parts of our individual and cultural identities are shaped by cultures other than our own. How do we make sense of this and what effect does it have on us as individuals and as Oregonians?

This is the focus of “What Is Cultural Appropriation?” a free conversation with Surabhi Mahajan on from 5 to 6:30 pm on Saturday, May 19 at the Williams branch of Josephine Community Library District. The Williams branch library is located at 20695 Williams Highway, Williams. This program is hosted by Josephine Community Library District and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

All are invited to join in the conversation, led by longtime Salem resident and community activist Surabhi Mahajan. As a college-educated woman of color from an immigrant family, Surabhi has a nuanced understanding of how cultural experiences have informed her place in the world. She looks forward to leading this discussion about how cultural appropriation shapes our individual experiences and identities.

For more information, contact Williams Branch Manager Ellie Avis at 541-846-7020 or eavis@josephinelibrary.org.