Conversation Project

Marylhurst alumni Lisa Naas Cook ’13 and Kristy Athens ‘15 will lead talks throughout Oregon in spring 2016 as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project.

Lisa Naas Cook, M.A. in Applied Theology, will lead conversations on Too Busy to Rest: Boundaries and Balance in a Nonstop World. In an age when 24/7 connectivity, productivity, and efficiency often take priority, the boundary blurs between work and non-work, prompting the question, What is rest in our fast-paced, ever-connected world? Cook will lead participants in a conversation that explores what rest means to people, whether it’s a basic human right, and how adequate time for rest relates to equitable and sustainable communities.

Saturday, March 12, 1:00 pm
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, Tillamook

Thursday, April 7, 6:00 pm
Hard Knocks Brewing, Cottage Grove

Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 pm
Columbia Gorge Community College, Hood River

Wednesday, April 20, 1:00 pm
Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton

Kristy Athens, M.S. in Food Systems & Society, will lead talks on Good Food, Bad Food. In this conversation, Athens will ask participants to think about the impact of their food choices. Are these choices as consequential as consumers would like them to be? Does “voting with your dollars” significantly shape our agricultural systems?

Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 pm
Salem Public Library, Salem

Thursday, April 21, 7:00 pm
St. Helens Public Library, St. Helens

Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 pm
Clackamas County Historical Society, Oregon City

Thursday, May 19, 6:00 pm
Marylhurst University, Marylhurst

About the Conversation Project

Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project brings Oregonians together to talk—across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds—about important issues and ideas. The goal is to connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus. Conversation is a powerful medium to invite diverse perspectives, explore challenging questions, and strive for just communities.

For more details and contact information for each event, see the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project calendar.