Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Beaverton City Library Hosts Discussion on Race, Power, and Privilege in Oregon


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: June 6th, 2017 11:01 AM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- On Tuesday, June 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beaverton City Library will host "Race, Power and Privilege in Oregon: An Oregon Humanities Conversation Project." The event will be held at 12375 SW Fifth St.

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. Willamette University professor Emily Drew will lead participants in a conversation that explores some of the causes of this continued isolation and the differences of experience between Oregonians of different races, such as institutional racism, white privilege and unconscious bias.

The discussion will ask, what systems are in place to prevent the racial integration and equity many of us strive for? Knowing what we do, how do we act--as individuals and communities--to embrace the opportunity presented by a more diverse Oregon?

The program is free and open to the public. This event is part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, and is made possible with the support of Oregon Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of 15 member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.

The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."

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