Oregon Humanities Center

  Author and philosopher Lori Gruen speaks about “Justice and Empathy Beyond the Human.” She talks with Eric Alan about the ability of chimpanzees and other animals to teach us about better relationships. She appears on Thursday, March 10th on the UO campus, as part of Oregon Humanities Center’s year-long focus on justice.

Red Chamber, Live at KLCC

Oct 23, 2015
Photo by Ed Wolf

The University of Oregon World Music Series presents a performance by the quartet Red Chamber on Friday evening, October 23rd, in Beall Hall on the UO campus. Red Chamber blends the ancient traditions of Chinese plucked string repertoire with modern influences, from bluegrass to jazz fusion and global folk music.

A conversation with Dr. James Braxton Peterson, who will give the UO’s annual Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on Thursday, October 22nd, entitled “A Song, A Slogan and a Service: Dispatches from the Movement for Black Lives.” It begins a year-long focus on themes of justice by the Oregon Humanities Center. Dr Peterson hosts “The Remix” podcast on WHYY in Philadelphia, and is an MSNBC commentator. He also founded Hip Hop Scholars, Inc., and is Director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University. 

Astrophysicist and author Janna Levin will give this year’s Cressman Lecture for the Oregon Humanities Center, entitled “From the Big Bang to Black Holes: Time, the Universe and Everything,” on the UO campus on February 19th. She speaks with Eric Alan about whether the universe is solid or infinite, whether cosmic insignificance is comforting, and how that affects us as humans on Earth. 

Dr. Victoria Sweet, author of God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, spent twenty years in practice at the last almshouse in the country. She speaks with Eric Alan about the differences between an almshouse and a hospital, and the lessons from “slow medicine” relevant to the modern healthcare system. She speaks at the UO on Wednesday, March 5th, presented by the Oregon Humanities Center. 

The Oregon Humanities Center presents speaker Craig Childs, author of Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth, and a regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition. He talks with Eric Alan about beginnings and endings, and why Iowa was the most extreme landscape of extinction he found.