Free event: Urban-Rural Tensions in Oregon

This looks like a very interesting event. See you there?



Contact: Christine Chute, phone 503-851-0322,


The April 11, 2015 event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project.

Dallas, OR —February 18, 2015—Every state has a legacy of truths—stories residents tell to explain why things are how they are. When those truths conflict, as they inevitably do, the result is political, social, and cultural tension. In Oregon, tensions manifest themselves as wet versus dry, the valley versus the east side, and, perhaps most fundamental, urban versus rural. What are the ties that bind, or could bind, urban and rural communities to a common future?

This is the focus of “Toward One Oregon: Bridging Oregon’s Urban and Rural Communities,” a free conversation with Ethan Seltzer and Bruce Weber on Saturday, April 11, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at Buell Grange, located at 5970 Mill Creek Road, just north off Highway 22 between Mile Post 4 and Mile Post 5, in Polk County, Oregon. This program is hosted by Buell Grange and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.  Seltzer is a professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University. Before joining PSU, he was the land use supervisor for Metro, served as an assistant to Portland City Commissioner Mike Lindberg, was the assistant director for the Southeast Uplift Neighborhood program in Portland, and created and directed a statewide coalition dedicated to improving drinking water quality monitoring and protection throughout Oregon.

Weber is a professor of agricultural and resource economics at Oregon State University and director of OSU’s Rural Studies Program. He does applied research and outreach and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on rural community economics and policy. Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. To reserve a spot or for more information about this free community discussion, please contact Christine Chute at 503-851-0322 or  Buell Grange will serve chili dinner after the conversation for $6.00.  RSVP to 503-851-0322 or .

Oregon Humanities (813 SW Alder St, #702; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas to change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.