Portland State of Mind

A Festival of Knowledge and Culture | October 10-20, 2019

For 10 days in October, Portland State University rolls out the welcome mat and invites everyone to campus for a jam-packed celebration of knowledge and culture. Join us for Portland State of Mind, an annual festival that highlights the unique relationship between PSU and the Portland community.


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Highlighted Events

Thursday, October 10

Tag, We’re It: Voices on Climate Change.  

Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Climate change is the single most important issue of our time. Gain new perspectives as five of our researchers explore the issue of climate change in ways you might not have expected, from public opinion to water justice to mass incarceration. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.



Saturday, October 12

Homecoming Football Game — PSU vs. Idaho

Hosted by Portland State Athletics

Join Portland State Alumni and current students as we celebrate Homecoming as part of the annual Portland State of Mind campus festival. Alumni will receive a 20% discount on tickets by using the code 2019ALUMS. Good for advance sale only; not available for day-of-game sales. Wear green to the game!


Monday, October 14

PSU Convenes: What can Oregon do to help curb the opioid epidemic?

PSU and KATU host a public televised panel on the opioid epidemic

More than 100 billion pain pills have flooded the U.S. from drug makers since 2006. Oregon ranks among the highest in the nation in prescription painkiller abuse, addiction and overdoses. Medical and treatment experts, policy makers, survivors and audience members discuss what needs to be done to find solutions to this epidemic. 


Tuesday, October 15

The Future of Entrepreneurship is You

Hosted by The School of Business

The nature of education and work is changing, and success in this new environment requires entrepreneurial skills, such as leadership, teamwork, creativity, and collaboration. At The Future of Entrepreneurship, you will rotate through a series of rapid, interactive workshops to equip yourself with critical entrepreneurship tools, and to learn about PSU programs and pathways that will spark your creative spirit. Each station will be designed and facilitated by student leaders from business and entrepreneurship programs, and the event will take place throughout a full mezzanine level at the Karl Miller Center. Snacks, swag, and prizes will be a-plenty.


Wednesday, October 16


When was the last time you heard a story that made you think? Or moved you to action? Or left you in tears and laughter? That's the idea behind PDXTalks, a showcase of powerful stories from four PSU students and faculty. Hear four speakers talk passionately about topics close to their hearts. 



Thursday, October 17

This is Portland“This Is Portland”

Hosted by the Portland State Programming Board, Portland State Professional Sound, KPSU and 5th Avenue Cinema

This annual all-day student concert highlights hip-hop, R&B, rap and lofi with artist panel, student short film screenings, photo booth and dessert bar. 




Friday, October 18

The Future of Transgender Health

Hosted by The OHSU/PSU School of Public Health

This event is a public health research symposium focused on transgender health. Oregon is as a leader in transgender health and transgender rights, and our School of Public Health has an active research program on health of sexual/gender minority populations. In this event SPH faculty will present research being conducted in Portland, statewide, and around the nation.



Andries Deinum Prize Showcase: Cheryl Leontina

Hosted by the College of the Arts

Artist talk by Cheryl Leontina '18 (Master of Architecture), winner of the 2018 Andries Deinum Prize for Visionaries and Provocateurs. For her project, “Stories Under the Bridge,” Leontina built an artsy bike with wings and rode along Portland’s esplanades to collect personal stories from Portland's houseless community. The resulting exhibit aims to change public perceptions of houselessness in an effort to bridge the divide between housed and unhoused residents.



Saturday, October 19

Classes without Quizzes

Hosted by the PSU Alumni Association

Sample some of PSU’s leading academics during a half-day series of 45-minute lectures taught by some of the university's most popular professors. Check out what today's students are learning and highlight your knowledge by attending classes of your choice.   Topics include the 2020 census, the impact of snowmelt on future water resources, and building equity in the trades.