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Culture & Conversation Series

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The Portland State University School of Social Work is pleased to present a series of events centered on culture and conversations. Please join us for three weeks in February as we invite community leaders to facilitate conversations celebrating strengths and understanding disparities in diverse Oregon Communities. All events are free to the community. Contact Hours toward CEUs will be offered. Click here to register for CEUs. For more information, please contact Cimone Schwoeffermann at Click here to download the Culture & Conversation Series flyer. 

Culture & Conversation Series 2014 

 and Undocumented Youth: How Stories Change People and Policy 

February 5, 2014
4:00 - 5:30pm Room ASRC 620

Join us for a conversation with Papers director Anne Galisky and local undocumented youth for a discussion about the power of stories to change people and influence decision makers. Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth premiered in Portland in 2009 and has screened to audiences in all 50 states and the US Capitol Building. It is now being broadcast on public televsion stations nationwide. 

Anne Galisky is the daughter of a once-undocumented immigrant father whose parents came to the United States after a seven-year journey from the Ukraine via Mexico. She earned an MA in History, concentrating her research on societal changes on the homefront during World War II. Her thesis, Repressive Populism and the Internment of the Japanese Americans of the Pacific Northwest, focuses on the role of Oregonians in pushing for the internment of their Japanese-American neighbors. 

Galisky’s next film, currently in production, 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez, sheds light on the ongoing debates about who has the right to be an American. The mission of Graham Street Productions, of which she is a co-founder and partner, is to create socially relevant documentaries to educate, inspire, and mobilize audiences.

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Oregonians Against Human Trafficking (OATH) - Presentation and Discussion
February 12, 2014
4:00 - 5:30pm Room ASRC 620
Presentation and discussion focused on preventing the exploitation of men, women, and youth, by educating and promoting practical community engagement by Oregonians in order to end the tragedy of trafficking.  

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Racial Profiling: The Impact on Oregon Communities
February 19, 2014
4:00 - 5:30pm Room ASRC 620
Presentation and discussion regarding the impacts of racial profiling. Jo Ann Hardesty has a proclivity for advocating for those on the downside of power and is part of a national effort to redress race disparities in policing, health care outcomes, and educational achievement.  

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The 2014 Culture & Conversation Series is part of the School of Social Work's 50th Anniversary Celebration. To learn more about the Celebration please click here