“Shelter” Discussion With Paul Collins, Tim DuRoche, John W. Haines and Ethan Seltzer
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 9:00pm

A panel discussion on “SHELTER” will address issues of sustainable housing and public architecture from a diversity of perspectives.

Panelists include Paul Collins, assistant professor of English at PSU and author of several nonfiction books; Portland writer and artist Tim DuRoche; John W. Haines, executive director of Mercy Corps Northwest; and Ethan Seltzer, professor and director of PSU’s Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. Michael McGregor, critic, journalist and associate professor of English at PSU, will moderate.

This is the third and final installment in the FOOD CLOTHING SHELTER sequence of public dialogues on the meaning and practice of sustainability in daily life. The talk is sponsored by the Humanities Sustainability Research Project, an initiative of the Portland Center for Public Humanities at Portland State University. For a complete list of lectures in the series and other resources, visit

When: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, room 294 (1825 S.W. Broadway, Portland, Ore.)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

Paul Collins is the author of six books, including the upcoming travelogue The Book of William: How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered the World. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, New Scientist and, Collins edits the Collins Library imprint of McSweeney’s Books and appears regularly on National Public Radio's “Weekend Edition Saturday” as the resident "literary detective."

Tim DuRoche has written about jazz, performance, visual art and culture for a number of publications, including Oregon Humanities, Willamette Week and The Oregonian. Recently he has been writing about urban history, planning and cultural policy for Portland Spaces' Burnside Blog. In addition to performing around the world as a jazz musician and composer, DuRoche was the inaugural artist in the 2007–2008 “South Waterfront Artist in Residence” program, where he created SO. WATERFRONT SOUND COMMISSION, a month-long public art project that looked at notions of "neighborhood," through a series of participatory events and conceptual audio tours. DuRoche is community programs manager for Portland Center Stage, where he generates public programs and community partnerships that bridge conversations around sustainability, civic engagement, historic preservation and the arts.

John W. Haines joined Mercy Corps Northwest in December 2002 as executive director. From 1997-2002, he was vice president of ShoreBank Pacific, a start-up sustainable development bank in Portland, Ore. From 1996-1997 he was senior finance advisor to the Czech National Environmental Fund in Prague, working for Chemonics International under assistance provided by USAID to improve environmental health conditions in the Czech transition to a market economy. He is a board member of Mercy Corps Northwest, Willamette Riverkeeper, Our United Villages/The Rebuilding Center, The Food Alliance and Cascadia Times.

Ethan Seltzer is professor and director of PSU’s Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. He was founding director of PSU’s Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies from 1992-2003. Before joining PSU, Seltzer was land use supervisor for Metro Regional Government; prior to that he served as an assistant to Portland City Commissioner Mike Lindberg. Seltzer’s scholarly interests include Cascadia, regional planning and development, and community building at a regional scale. He has lived in Portland since 1980.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: The Humanities Sustainability Research Project, an initiative of PSU’s Portland Center for Public Humanities, explores concepts of sustainability through panels, lectures and events by activists, artists and scholars in fields such as history, philosophy, literature, critical theory and anthropology. The project is sponsored by a grant through PSU’s Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices, with support from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.