MHCC Invites Public to Participate
in Oregon Humanities’ ‘Lunch & Learn Conversations’ Series

Posted: October 25, 2013

Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) has been selected as the site for a series of Lunch & Learn Conversations that engage people in thoughtful, challenging discussions about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. These events are free and open to the public.

Lunch & Learn Conversations are sponsored by Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversations Project, the MHCC Diversity Resource Center and MHCC’s Associated Student Government (ASG). Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Three conversations have been planned for November and December, with more to come in 2014. All conversations are noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Jazz Café, Room AC2059 on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Parking is free on all MHCC campuses, no permit required.

Nov. 1, Grave Matters: Reflections of Life and Death
A conversation with Courtney Campbell, Hundere Chair in Religion and Culture and a professor in the School of History, Philosophy and Religion at Oregon State University

Traditional American culture is often portrayed as either death-denying (death is not to be discussed) or death-defying (life should be prolonged at any cost). Yet diverse religious, philosophical and cultural traditions present our mortality not as something to be feared or defied, but as a means of learning how to live a full life. Can acknowledging our mortality bring greater meaning to life?

Nov. 7, White Out? The Future of Racial Diversity in Oregon
A conversation with Willamette University professor Emily Drew

Although 2010 Census data show Oregon’s population becoming more racially diverse, the state remains one of the least diverse in the nation. Many Oregonians value racial diversity and the dimension and depth it adds to our lives, yet we remain largely isolated from one another and have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society. What does the racial integration of place require of us, and how might we prepare to create and embrace this opportunity?

Dec. 5, Beyond Bars: Rethinking Our Reliance on Prisons
A conversation with Wallidah Imarisha, a founder of the Human Rights Coalition

What role do prisons serve in our country? Is it possible to envision a world where people are safe and secure, and where there is accountability without prisons? Does our prison system, in some cases, actually cause, rather than reduce, crime?

For more information on Lunch & Learn Conversations, please contact Melinda Bullen, MHCC Diversity Resource Center coordinator, 503-491-7171 or

For more information, media professionals may contact the Office of College Advancement at 503-491-7204 or

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