MHCC Announces Lunch & Learn Conversations for January

Posted: December 12, 2013

Life after war and the state of marriage -- these are two topics for “Lunch & Learn Conversations” during January at Mt. Hood Community College’s (MHCC) Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. The community is welcome to attend these free events, held noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Lounge.

The “conversations series” engages community members in thoughtful, challenging discussions about ideas that are critical to our daily lives and our state’s future.

Jim LommassonWar–Where Does the Battlefield End?
“Life After War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home,” will be led by freelance photographer Jim Lommasson. The Jan. 16 conversation will address questions such as when does war end? Does it ever end? Many returning soldiers tend to bring wars back with them, and these wars can reach beyond the battlefield or firefight, infiltrating the very thing that defines comfort and safety—home.

Lommasson received the Dorothea Lang-Paul Taylor Prize for his first book, “Shadow Boxers: Sweat, Sacrifice & the Will to Survive in American Boxing Gyms.” His second book is “Pentimento: Portland’s Lost and Found Carousel.” He is currently working on a book and traveling exhibition, “Exit Wounds: Soldiers’ Stories—Life after Iraq and Afghanistan.”


Leslie DunlapMarriage –Another Kind of Battlefield
“Something Old, Something New: Exploring the State of Marriage,” will be led by Leslie Dunlap, assistant professor of history at Willamette University. The Jan. 30 conversation will focus on the institution of marriage and how it has undergone significant change, especially in the last decade.

For example, in Oregon, citizens remain in a contentious debate about how to define marriage, generally. The conversation will focus on the following questions: What do the debates about marriage reveal about the institution as a whole? Why is a private relationship so publicly significant and contested? With so many people avoiding or dissolving marriages, why do others wish to marry?

Dunlap is a faculty member at Willamette University, where she teaches about the history of women, families, sexuality and social movement. She is currently working on a book about women’s efforts to reform men, marriage and the state in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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

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

People requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the disability services office at 503-491-6923. Please call at least two weeks prior to the event.

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

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