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Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies


14th Annual Ray Warren Symposium
Legacy: Race and Remembrance

November 8-10, 2017  

The following sessions will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 9 and Fri., Nov. 10: 

Sites of Memory
How We Heal: Processing Historical Trauma
Race Across Disciplinary Boundaries: Student Research Presentations
Reckoning with Our Institutional Memory
Let Me Tell You a Story: Memory and Intergenerational Dialogue
Workshop: First Memory of Difference
Seeking a Way Forward: Reparations, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation

The exact schedule of events will be posted soon, along with information about the presenters and descriptions of the sessions. 


Watzek Library Display: 

Nov. 4 to Nov. 11, Watzek Library atrium
Vanport: A Story Lived. A Story Told.

A Vanport Mosaic “Out of the Box” Exhibit 

During its short life span, Vanport—Oregon’s second largest city and the nation’s largest public housing project—drew national attention and conflicting opinions. For the over 40,000 people who lived there, Vanport was simply their home. When the Columbia River flooded on May 31, 1948, the entire city was erased from the map and from much of Portland’s memory in a single day. 

Mixing archival photographs and historical records with personal testimonies of former residents, this pop-up exhibit presents the multifaceted story of Vanport and its vibrant community. It is a story of migration, housing, displacement, and perseverance.

This exhibit was curated by Laura Lo Forti and Greta Smith of Vanport Mosaic, a community-driven and artist-led collective comprised of artists, historians, educators, and media makers who engage the public in remembering silenced histories of the Pacific Northwest in order to understand our present. 


Saturday, November 4

2:00 p.m., Fir Acres Black Box Theatre
Special pre-symposium event

Staged reading of CottonWood in the Flood, followed by panel discussion
Written by Rich Rubin; directed by Damaris Webb
Free Admission


Wednesday, November 8

7:00 p.m., Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center
*Keynote Presentation

Visible Legacies: Cultural Continuance through Art

Cultural practitioner Sulu’ape Keone Nunes and multimedia artist Wendy Red Star will discuss the ways they blend the past and present to sustain community memories and cultural traditions for the future.


Thursday, November 9

7:00 p.m., Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center
*Keynote Presentation

Jelani Cobb, historian and award-winning New Yorker staff writer.


Friday, November 10

7:00 p.m., Agnes Flanagan Chapel
Race Monologues

Each year a different group of L&C students writes an original series of personal narratives to share their feelings, experiences, and understandings of race, ethnicity, and identity.

Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies

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