Showing up: What does it mean to belong to a community?

Library invites public to Oregon Humanities Conversation Project

Community is a place where people are supported and thrive. It is a place to find others who share common ground, where values and identities are reflected.

The public is invited to “Showing Up: What does it mean to be part of a community,” an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at the Grants Pass branch.

Being part of a community is an essential need for all of us. What does it mean to be part of a community? What does it look like when community shows up for you and vice versa? To what extent are shared values and identities in our community enough or not enough to help us thrive? This is the focus of the conversation lead by EarthRoots founder Chi Mei Tam.

Chi Mei Tam is passionate about the intersections between queerness, race, and class. Chi Mei is an intersex, genderqueer, Chinese American immigrant who grew up in a working-class immigrant family in Oakland, CA. Their life’s journey has led them to both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds, and they have both business enterprise and progressive activism experience. They moved to Southern Oregon in 2014 to establish a rural healing land space for queer, trans, and intersex people of color (QTIPOC) called EarthRoots.

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 “Showing Up,” contact the library at info@josephinelibrary.org or 541-476-0571. For more information about Oregon Humanities, visit www.oregonhumanities.com.