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−Jess Walter7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Jess Walter, the award-winning author of The Financial Lives of the Poets, returns with his funniest and most romantic novel yet. Beautiful Ruins (Harper) is the story of an almost love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and is rekindled in Hollywood 50 years later. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is full of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.+7:30 pmJess Walter
−2012 PSU Social Innovation Incubator Pitch Fest1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meet the new cohort of inspiring social entrepreneurs making a difference in our community and beyond! Watch them pitch their ideas for two minutes and face a panel of judges, then vote for the winner of the Audience Award. Stay to party with investors, entrepreneurs, journalists, academics and students while enjoying Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream from New Avenues for Youth.
This year’s judges include:
The 2012 members of the PSU Social Innovation Incubator Circuit Program are:
- Shelley Gunton, Director of the PSU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Irving Levin, Executive Chairman of Genesis Financial Solutions and Co-Trustee of The Renaissance Foundation
- Adam Reid, Founder and Development Director of the Leadership and Entrepreneurship High School
- Amelia Pape, Co-Founder and CEO of My Street Grocery
- Bright Neighbor, an online platform for peer-to-peer borrowing and renting.
- Cascadia Experience, which provides leadership, sustainability and conservation training through hands-on outdoor projects.
- Elkarti, which markets handcrafted leather accessories to create employment in Morocco.
- Junk to Funk, an art-as-social-change organization that creates fashionable clothing out of trash.
- Meditation Momma, an effort to demystify and encourage the use of meditation.
Learn more about the PSU Social Innovation incubator and our members at: http://www.pdx.edu/impactentrepreneurs/incubator
Last year we ran out of room, so make certain to get your free tickets early, here!+1:00 pm2012 PSU Social Innovation Incubator Pitch Fest
−Full Body Burden7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Body Burden (Crown) is a haunting work of nonfiction about the life of a young woman, author Kristen Iversen, who grew up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, the secret nuclear weapons plant once designated “the most contaminated site in America.” It follows her through childhood and adolescence, at the height of the Cold War, living in a landscape at once startlingly beautiful and, unknown to those who lived there, tainted with invisible yet deadly particles of plutonium+7:00 pmFull Body Burden
−Dorothy Wickenden7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
In the summer of 1916, Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, bored by society luncheons, charity work, and the effete men who courted them, left their families in Auburn, New York, to teach school in the wilds of northwestern Colorado. Nearly a hundred years later, Dorothy Wickenden, Woodruff’s granddaughter, found the teachers’ buoyant letters home, which captured the voices of the pioneer women, the children they taught, and other unforgettable people they got to know. With Nothing Daunted (Scribner), Wickenden has created an exhilarating saga about two intrepid women and the “settling up” of the West.+7:30 pmDorothy Wickenden
−Safe Enough To Stay7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
San Francisco’s Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) launched the“Safe Enough to Stay” project to spotlight the imperative role of shelter-in-place efforts after an urban disaster. Structural engineer David Bonowitz, a member of SPUR’s Safe Enough to Stay Task Force, will describe the initiative and implications for Portland. Introduced and moderated by Carmen Merlo, Director of Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Management.+7:00 pmSafe Enough To Stay
−Chris Guillebeau reads from The $100 Startup7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Still in his early 30s, Chris Guillebeau has visited more than 175 nations, and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. There are many others like Chris, those who’ve found ways to opt out of traditional employment and create the time and income to pursue what they find meaningful. In The $100 Startup (Crown), Guillebeau shows how you, too, can lead a life of adventure, meaning, and purpose — and earn a good living — by turning ideas into income, often with only a modest investment.+7:30 pmChris Guillebeau reads from The $100 Startup
−First Thursday: Precipitations: Department of Architecture Exhibition of Student Work5:30 pm – 6:30 pmPlease join the faculty, staff and students in the Department of Architecture at Portland State University for the First Thursday, June 7, opening of “Precipitations,” the department’s end-of-year student exhibition. The First Thursday opening reception takes place 5:30 to 8:30pm.
Hosted by the American Institute of Architects, Portland chapter, the show highlights the creative achievements of students from both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The show runs from June 7 through June 30 at the AIA Portland Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon.
More information about the Department of Architecture is available at www.pdx.edu/architecture.+5:30 pmFirst Thursday: Precipitations: Department of Architecture Exhibition of Student Work
−Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The “raging frenzy” of the sex drive, to use Plato’s phrase, has always defied control. That’s not to say that the Sumerians, Victorians, and every civilization in between and beyond have not tried, wielding their most formidable weapon: the law. At any given point in time, some forms of sex have been condoned while others have been punished mercilessly. Jump forward or backward a century or two (and often far less than that), and the harmless fun of one era becomes the gravest crime in another. Eric Berkowitz‘s Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire (Counterpoint) tells the story of the struggle throughout the millennia to regulate the most powerful engine of human behavior. This evening, Berkowitz is joined in conversation by local author Kerry Cohen (Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity) to talk about Sex and Punishment.+5:00 pmSex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire
−Robert Goolrick’s reads from Heading Out To Wonderful5:15 pm – 6:15 pmIn Robert Goolrick‘s new novel, Heading Out to Wonderful (Algonquin), an attractive and enigmatic stranger recently home from the war in Europe wanders into a small town in Virginia with two suitcases. This much-anticipated follow-up to Goolrick’s A Reliable Wife is an exciting, erotically charged, unforgettable story of love gone terribly wrong.+5:15 pmRobert Goolrick’s reads from Heading Out To Wonderful
−Natalie Bakopoulos reads from The Green Shore5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
In her debut novel, The Green Shore (Simon & Schuster), award-winning writer Natalie Bakopoulos vividly illuminates a seminal, yet little-explored, moment in Greek history: the 1967 military coup d’etat, which ushered in seven years of devastating brutality and repression. Set in Athens and Paris, the reader follows the adventures of one family, whose stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of this turbulent period.+5:30 pmNatalie Bakopoulos reads from The Green Shore
−London 2012: The French Revival of the Modern Olympics and the British Display of the Elgin Marbles… Are Greek Temples Religion or Loot?1:00 pm – 2:00 pmThis lecture will be presented by Dr. Louis A Ruprecht, Jr., William M. Suttles Chair in Religious Studies at Georgia State University. Professor Ruprecht is also a permanent Research Fellow at the Vatican Library and Secret Archives, where he spent eight years researching a book on the creation of the Vatican’s First “Profane Museum” in 1761. He is also a staff writer for Religion Dispatches, and blogs for the Huffington Post.
Co-sponsored by the Portland State University Hellenic Studies Program and the Middle East Studies Center.
The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.+1:00 pmLondon 2012: The French Revival of the Modern Olympics and the British Display of the Elgin Marbles… Are Greek Temples Religion or Loot?
−John Brandon reads from A Million Heavens1:00 pm – 2:00 pmWhen John Brandon released his last novel, Citrus County, the New York Times declared that he had “join[ed] the ranks of writers like Denis Johnson, Joy Williams, Mary Robison and Tom Drury.” Now with A Million Heavens(McSweeney’s), Brandon brings his deadpan humor and hard-won empathy to a new realm of gritty surrealism — a surprising and exciting turn from one of the best young novelists of our time.+1:00 pmJohn Brandon reads from A Million Heavens
−PNCA: Erik Gronborg2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Erik Gronborg employs archetypes of functional ceramic traditions as conceptual vehicles to explore contemporary culture. Combining a 1,000-year-old-continuum of ceramic history with silk-screening, comics, china paint, and commercial glazes, Gronborg’s provocative “crafty” and non-precious approach is a precursor to the “sloppy craft” that is as challenging today as it was in the late 1960s. Working with Seattle-based artist Jeffry Mitchell, selections of Gronborg’s work will be drawn from local public and private collections. Through dialogue and conversation throughout the process with Namita Gupta Wiggers, and an installation designed by Mitchell, the exhibition will explore Gronborg’s use of craft as a tool for social commentary and political satire, and how the work relates to Mitchell’s own explorations of ceramics as a contemporary medium.+2:30 pmPNCA: Erik Gronborg
−PDX Creative Morning3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Julie Sabatier is the creator and host of the public radio show and podcast Destination DIY, which airs on Oregon Public Broadcasting as well as other stations around the country. Destination DIY blends recorded field sound, in-studio interviews and personal narration to create an arc that takes listeners on a journey and brings them back inspired. Julie has conducted interviews with inventors, tinkerers, DIY biologists, tattoo artists, and a woman who calls herself a “death midwife.” She is also a producer for OPB’s daily talk show Think Out Loud.
Register for free here.+3:00 pmPDX Creative Morning
−Elissa Schappell reads from Blueprints for Building Better Girls7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
In the linked stories that make up Blueprints for Building Better Girls, a New York Times Book ReviewEditors’ Choice and one of O magazine’s Top 5 Books of the Year, Elissa Schappell delves into the lives of an eclectic cast of archetypal female characters — from the high school slut to the good girl, the struggling artist to the college party girl, the wife who yearns for a child to the reluctant mother — to explore the commonly shared but rarely spoken of experiences that build girls into women and women into wives and mothers. With dazzling wit and poignant prose, Schappell’s fiction alters how we think about the nature of female identity.+7:30 pmElissa Schappell reads from Blueprints for Building Better Girls
−The Greeks on Display: How the Vatican Invented Modern Art Museums, and Reinvented Religion Along the Way2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This lecture will be presented by Dr. Louis A Ruprecht, Jr., William M. Suttles Chair in Religious Studies at Georgia State University. Professor Ruprecht is also a permanent Research Fellow at the Vatican Library and Secret Archives, where he spent eight years researching a book on the creation of the Vatican’s First “Profane Museum” in 1761. He is also a staff writer for Religion Dispatches, and blogs for the Huffington Post. Professor Ruprecht is currently an honored summer guest of the Hellenic Studies program at Portland State University.
Presented by the Hellenic Studies Programand co-sponsored by the Portland Center for Public Humanities. If you have questions concerning access or accommodations for a disability please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Early requests are encouraged; a week will generally allow us to provide seamless access.
You might also be interested in this event: London 2012: The French Revival of the Modern Olympics and the British Display of the Elgin Marbles… Are Greek Temples Religion or Loot? Lecture by Dr. Louis A Ruprecht, Jr.+2:00 pmThe Greeks on Display: How the Vatican Invented Modern Art Museums, and Reinvented Religion Along the Way
−NW Documentary Series: Pre-Screening Reception4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Join DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus for an intimate two-hour pre-screening reception at Magnolia’s Corner across from the Hollywood Theatre. There will be complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar. Tickets are extremely limited and proceeds benefit both the Hollywood Theatre and NW Documentary, two Portland nonprofits with missions that include supporting and educating emerging and established local filmmakers. Get Tickets: $20 (Very limited quantity!)+4:30 pmNW Documentary Series: Pre-Screening Reception
−Mobile Apps for Coffee Farmers: 10 Lessons Learned in the Field5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
It’s hard to build mobile apps. But it’s even harder to build them them for people very different from yourself – in this case, coffee farmers in Tanzania. How do you go about building an app for someone who’s never before used a computer, smartphone, or tablet? How do you convince a farmer to use your app when you speak different languages, come from different contexts, and have different needs? How can you ensure that your app is creating a lasting, positive impact?
This month’s Mobile Portland presentation shows how Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers faced these challenges, and what they learned along the way. After deploying iOS apps and mobile-optimized websites in coffee-growing communities around the world, Sustainable Harvest has plenty to share. You might be surprised how lessons learned in places like Moshi, Tanzania and San Ignacio, Peru apply to Portland, Oregon.
- Developing for audiences who are new to mobile (and computers in general)
- Deploying technology solutions in distant countries
- Choosing between and maintaining iOS/native and mobile-optimized web app platforms
- Helping farmers have more sustainable livelihoods, supported by mobile technology
Join us to learn about Sustainable Harvest’s successes – and challenges – in bringing mobile technology to coffee cooperatives and farmers around the world.
+5:30 pmMobile Apps for Coffee Farmers: 10 Lessons Learned in the Field
−Day and Section Hikes: Pacific Crest Trail Oregon7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Pacific Crest Trail was designated one of the first National Scenic Trails in 1968. As it traverses the “high road” from Mexico to Canada, the trail connects six of North America’s seven eco-zones. Paul Gerald‘s Day and Section Hikes: Pacific Crest Trail Oregon (Wilderness Press) will help hikers of all interests and skill levels plan a trip on the PCT as it winds through Oregon. Whether you have just an afternoon to spare or you want to escape for the entire weekend, this pocket guide will help you make the most of your time away from civilization.+7:30 pmDay and Section Hikes: Pacific Crest Trail Oregon
−Nora Zelevansky7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
In Nora Zelevansky‘s hilarious debut novel, Semi-Charmed Life (St. Martins Griffin), an Upper West Side naïf, Beatrice Bernstein, gets swept up in the seemingly magical life of socialite Veruca Pfeffernoose while ghostwriting her blog. Veruca’s opulent world soon seduces Beatrice away from her insular family with promises of fancy parties, travel (outside of Manhattan!), and a desperately cute guy. But when her new glitzy life starts to take a dark turn, Beatrice has to decide who she is — once and for all. Zelevansky deftly explores the world of rarified Manhattan in this sparkling modern fairy tale.+7:30 pmNora Zelevansky
−Northwest Documentary Fundraiser & Panel Discussion6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fundraising for documentaries can be daunting, but without it, some of
the most meaningful stories would never be told. During this one-night
panel discussion, we’ll have a diverse group of filmmakers share
their fundraising strategies. We’ll discuss grant-seeking, corporate
sponsorships, and Kickstarter; as well as using social media to
generate interest and build an audience. Panelists include Alison
Grayson, whose latest feature film explores the world of women craft
brewers; Ian McCluskey, whose films have screened at museums and
festivals around the world, Tom Parker, an NW Doc alum now launching
his first feature film; and John Waller, an NW Doc alum and instructor
who funded his latest film through Kickstarter and corporate
Ticket Cost: $20 members/$40 non-members+6:00 pmNorthwest Documentary Fundraiser & Panel Discussion
−Ann Littlewood reads from Endangered7:00 pm – 8:00 pmWhen a drug bust reveals exotic animals at a marijuana grow site, zookeeper Iris Oakley and a colleague ride to the rescue. They find smuggled parrots and tortoises destined for sale to unscrupulous collectors. They also find a corpse. When two men invade Iris’s home demanding information about the murder scene, Iris begins to realize that things may not be as they seem. Sorting through clues and tripping over secrets, Iris soon learns everyone has an agenda, and at least one of them is deadly…. Endangered (Poisoned Pen Press) is former zookeeper Ann Littlewood‘s third zoodunnit.
Preorder a signed edition of Endangered .
Tuesday, July 24th @ 7pm Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. (800) 878-7323+7:00 pmAnn Littlewood reads from Endangered
−Personal Branding in a Digital World12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
What is personal branding? Let’s start with describing what personal branding is not. Personal branding is NOT:
A buzz word or passing fad
Ego-stroking and self-promotion
An attractive logo, tagline, or elevator pitch
“Personal branding describes the process by which individuals differentiate themselves and stand out from a crowd by identifying and articulating their unique value proposition, whether professional or personal, and then leveraging it across platforms with a consistent message and image to achieve a specific goal. In this way, individuals can enhance their recognition as experts in their field, establish reputation and ryanpagelinesibility, advance their careers, and build self-confidence.” – Dan Schawbel
Join Michael B. Maine for a workshop where you will have the opportunity to engage with tools and a community designed to help you identify who you are, what you do (or want to do), and why it matters. You will leave with actionable pieces that allow you to better share your story, position you for more gainful employment, and develop closer, more meaningful relationships.
Finding your strengths and values
What branding is and what it isn’t
Authenticity and Credibility
Social and Traditional Media
Privacy and Security
Building your personal identity package (online and offline)
Location: Portland State University
Cost: $40 – General Admission | $25 – Students
Dinner and snacks will be provided
Register online at Eventbrite: http://
9:00 p.m. Til whenever
323 NW 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
Michael B. Maine. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.”
Website: www.michaelbmaine.com | Email: email@example.com
Phone: 214.699.1758 | Twitter: michaelbmaine+12:00 pmPersonal Branding in a Digital World
−Portland in the Global Economy5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
For the second event of this three-part series hosted by the Young Professionals, we will hear from Noah Siegel, Director of International Affairs for the City of Portland. Working out of the Mayor’s Office, Noah plays a pivotal role in the implementation of the Metropolitan Export Initiative, a collaborative strategy developed in cooperation with the Brookings Institution that seeks to double regional exports in the next five years. Noah will discuss Portland’s role in a global economy and our region’s strategy for growing exports.
About the Series
International Trade in Oregon: A Summer Series
According to the Brookings Institution, the Portland region is the second-fastest growing export market in the U.S. How does one “break in” to the field? What are the initiatives currently being developed? Where does all the action take place? Join the Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council of Oregon for this summer series on international trade and hear from experts and insiders on our future as a global center.
Director of International Affairs, City of Portland
Working out of the Mayor’s Office, Noah plays a pivotal role in the implementation of the Metropolitan Export Initiative, a collaborative strategy developed in cooperation with the Brookings Institution that seeks to double regional exports in the next five years. Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Noah served as a political and economic officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, with an expertise in international banking, economic development, and democratic reform.Register for $10 here.
+5:30 pmPortland in the Global Economy
−PNCA: neuroscientist Brian Dunn6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies presents a lecture by neuroscientist Brian Dunn.
Brian Dunn is an editor, educator, and researcher in the field of human affective neuroscience. He and his colleagues use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify the neural correlates of human emotional experiences. Since 1994, he directly collaborates with studio and recording artists on the neural and psychological bases of their concerns. He is currently completing a PhD at Concordia University’s Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology in Montreal.
The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies summer session is an eight-week long institute featuring graduate seminars, critique sessions, visiting artist lectures, and intensive periods of studio practice. Students participate in onsite graduate seminars and unique subject focused institutes run by PNCAfaculty, and by visiting artists and scholars.+6:30 pmPNCA: neuroscientist Brian Dunn
−Carlos Ruiz Zafón reads from The Prisoner of Heaven7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
With The Prisoner of Heaven (Harper), internationally acclaimed author Carlos Ruiz Zafón creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, passion, and revenge in which the heroes of his previous novels, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game, must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them. Full of intrigue and emotion, this majestic novel, in which the threads of his prior novels converge, leads the reader toward the enigma hidden at the heart of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a collection of lost treasures known only to its few initiates.+7:00 pmCarlos Ruiz Zafón reads from The Prisoner of Heaven
−Fierce Medicine7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
As the creator of Forrest Yoga, Ana T. Forrest has been transforming people’s lives throughout the world for more than 35 years. Through her unique blend of physical practice, Eastern philosophy, and Native American ceremony, practitioners are able to heal everything from addictive behaviors and eating disorders to chronic pain and injury. In Fierce Medicine(HarperOne), Forrest tells her own story of healing and reveals the proven practices that enabled her to move beyond her past into a life committed to helping others reconnect with their bodies, cultivate balance, and start living in harmony. Whether you’ve never done yoga or are a seasoned practitioner, Ana Forrest’s practices, stories, and exercises will help you uncover your own warrior heart.+7:30 pmFierce Medicine
−Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
As someone who clocked more time in mosh pits and at pro-choice rallies than kneeling in a pew, Kaya Oakes was not necessarily the kind of Catholic girl the Vatican was after. But something kept pulling her back to the religion of her Irish roots. After running away from the Church for 30 years, Oakes realized that the only way to find harmony — in her faith and her personal life — was to confront the Church she’d left behind. Rebellious and hypercritical, Kaya relearns the catechisms and achieves the sacraments, all while trying to reconcile her liberal beliefs with contemporary Church doctrine. Along the way she meets a group of feisty feminist nuns, a “pray-and-bitch” circle, an all-too handsome Italian priest, and a motley crew of misfits doing their best to find their voices in an outdated institution. Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church (Counterpoint) is a story of transformation, not only of Kaya from ex-Catholic to amateur theologian, but of the institution itself, as it roils from the cultural changes that are rocking the world’s largest religion to its core.+7:30 pmRadical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church
−Music of Many Lands5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
In conjunction with Generations: Betty Feves, the Museum of Contemporary Craft presents a concert of classical music and new music composed in tribute to Betty Feves. This original performance remembers her not only as a visual artist but as a violinist, community activist, teacher, and mentor. Features violinist/composers Mark Menzies, Andrew McIntosh, and Melinda Rice. Organized by Julie Feves.+5:00 pmMusic of Many Lands
−Oregon Humanities: Friendship: Reviving, Surviving, or Dying?10:30 am – 11:30 am
Friendship is a foundational relationship in human life and society. But, what is friendship, and why is it important to us? In this conversation, Oregon State University professor of philosophy Courtney Campbell and associate professor of philosophy (ret.) Lani Roberts will address these questions. Relying on the wisdom of the philosopher Aristotle, as well as related questions of friendship, the conversation will consider a number of questions including: can friendship occur between men and women?; can parents and adult children can be friends?; can friends can be lovers or lovers, friends?; and—given the prevalence of social media—can we live in what a writer from The New York Times calls the “faux-friendship age”?+10:30 amOregon Humanities: Friendship: Reviving, Surviving, or Dying?
−Beaverton International Celebration 20125:00 pm – 7:00 pmBeaverton’s 2nd annual International Celebration hosted by Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s (THPRD) Party in the Park and the City of Beaverton.
For more information please visit the Beaverton International Celebration website.+5:00 pmBeaverton International Celebration 2012
−Colored Pencils Arts & Culture Night5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Founded in 2008 to highlight the rich tapestry of arts and cultural diversity of New Portland –vital communities from every corner of the globe who now call this city home – Colored Pencils is a monthly moveable feast showcasing international cuisine, visual art, and an open mic for performing artists. This wildly engaging night regularly delivers an unexpected array of music, storytelling, poetry, painting, and food that is as inclusive and educational as it is electrifying and inspiring to behold.
Copresented with Oregon Historical Society, in conjunction with their Oregon Voices exhibit and with the Portland Commission on Disability, Disability Art and Culture Project, Connecting Communities Coalition
June 29, 5:30 pm
Oregon Historical Society (Pavilion and Plaza), 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR
No registration required.+5:30 pmColored Pencils Arts & Culture Night
−American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Never before has anyone treated our country’s trees and forests as the subject of a broad historical study. As symbols of liberty, community, and civilization, trees are perhaps the loudest silent figures in our country’s history. America started as a nation of people frightened of the deep, seemingly infinite woods; we then grew to rely on our forests for progress and profit; by the end of the 20th century we came to understand that the globe’s climate is dependent on the preservation of trees. Today, few people think about where timber comes from, but most of us share a sense that to destroy trees is to destroy part of ourselves and endanger the future. Audacious in its 400-year scope, authoritative in its detail, and elegant in its execution, Eric Rutkow‘sAmerican Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation (Scribner) is perfect for history buffs and nature lovers alike and announces Eric Rutkow as a major new author of popular history.+7:30 pmAmerican Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation
−Cartoonist Tim Kreider7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tim Kreider spent the past 15 years exposing the hypocrisies of our government as a political cartoonist and being, as author Myla Goldberg put it, “funny and crazy and brave enough to proclaim as truths the things the rest of us are too chickenshit to say out loud.” In 2009, he began writing for the New York Times, penning popular essays about love, death, and existential dread. Now, in We Learn Nothing: Essays and Cartoons (Free Press), Kreider takes the reader even deeper into his hilarious and absurd worldview.+7:30 pmCartoonist Tim Kreider
−Francine Mathews reads from Jack 19397:30 pm – 8:30 pm
It’s the spring of 1939, and the prospect of war in Europe looms large. In Washington, President Roosevelt may run for an unprecedented third term and needs someone he can trust to find out what the Nazis are up to. His choice: John F. Kennedy. When Jack decides to travel through Europe to gather research for his Harvard senior thesis, Roosevelt takes the opportunity to use him as his personal spy. In a deft mosaic of fact and fiction,Francine Mathews has written a gripping espionage tale that explores what might have happened had a young Jack Kennedy been let loose in Europe as the world careened toward war. A potent combination of history and storytelling, Jack 1939 (Riverhead) is a sexy, entertaining read. Monday the 30th, 7pm / Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing+7:30 pmFrancine Mathews reads from Jack 1939
−Golf in Oregon7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In his lengthy career as an Oregon sportswriter (37 years with the Oregonian), Bob Robinson covered a variety of regional and national golf events. In Golf in Oregon: Historic Tales from the Fairway (Historic Press), he takes a look back at some of the significant stories from his career, including coverage of Tiger’s US Amateur win in Portland, Casey Martin’s legal battle with the PGA, and Peter Jacobsen’s top five finish in the 1983 PGA Championship.+7:00 pmGolf in Oregon
−PNCA Visual Studies series: Lauri Twitchell & Peter Suchecki6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Lauri Twitchell is a painter, printmaker, landscape architect, and master gardener working closely with the natural world. Using text, sound, images, and objects, she has collaborated with communities, kids, birds, and artists on books, performances, sound recordings, and gardens.
Peter Suchecki is an artist, videographer, animator, educator, and builder. His exploration of patterns in nature and culture has led to many landscape interventions, plantings and performances, resulting in materially focused, ephemeral, and anonymous byproducts.
Together, Suchecki and Twitchell are Redstartstudio.+6:30 pmPNCA Visual Studies series: Lauri Twitchell & Peter Suchecki
−The Ethics of War and Ethics in War6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
When considering the ethics of war, arguments traditionally focus on possible justifications of war and on the rules of war – how it, while defying rational and otherwise peaceful means, might be made more humane and less cruel. With new issues emerging that might not belong to either of these two categories – including the criminalizing of war, multilateral humanitarian intervention, the “war on terror”, and “asymmetric war” – what does this mean for an ethics of war?Register free here.+6:30 pmThe Ethics of War and Ethics in War
−Delilah Marvelle reads from Forever A Lady7:00 pm – 8:00 pmIn Forever a Lady (Harlequin), the steamy second volume in Delilah Marvelle‘s Rumor series, Lady Bernadette’s reputation is deteriorating, and she’s beginning to believe society couldn’t be more vile — or dangerous. So, when an attacker threatens her life, she finds safety in the most unseemly of places: the arms of a mysterious, Irish-American gang leader.
+7:00 pmDelilah Marvelle reads from Forever A Lady
−First Friday at ADX6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ADX invites you to August’s First Friday featuring the work of Steve Ebert.
Ebert is a graphic designer, wood worker, print maker and problem solver residing in the Pacific Northwest. He is an aspiring mountain man who strives to create profoundly unique design and enjoys the value of this process.
Find out more and RSVP here.+6:00 pmFirst Friday at ADX
−13th Annual Iranian Festival10:00 am – 11:00 amCome to enjoy: Iranian food and desert – Wine and beer – Iranian ethnic costumes, live music, dance performance and dance lessons, arts and carpet – Local business vendors, and non-profit exhibits – Children’s activities – Games and more
For more information call Andisheh Center at 971-400-8268
Co-sponsored by the Middle East Studies Center+10:00 am13th Annual Iranian Festival
−Dirt to Dinner: From the Farm to Your Table11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dirt to Dinner: From the Farm to Your Table
August 4 & 5, 2012
Come join us for a bilingual festival-style, health and wellness event that will look at the life cycle of food, from farm to table and beyond. Learn and practice skills that will help you make more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable decisions about food.
Our Culinary Science Stage will have presentations on a variety of topics including urban chicken keeping, gluten free baking, and basic butchery. See the Sunday schedule below.
Meet partners from local organizations such as Whole Foods Market, City of Portland, Painted Hill Natural Beef, Oregon Food Bank, Educate Ya!, The Art Institute of Portland, Culinary Division, My Street Grocery, Portland Metro, Oregon State Beekeepers Association, Portland Purple Water, Bon Appetit, National College of Natural Medicine and more.
For more information, please call 503.797.4529.Culinary Science StageSunday, August 5, 2012
11:00am: The Fat and Sugar Show. How to identify healthy foods for individuals and families on a budget. Presented by Polly Malby, Health Coach Resource.11:30am: Multiple Meals on a Budget: Don’t let your leftovers go to waste. Presented by Bon Appetit, Executive Chef, Ryan Morgan12:00pm: Tangy Bean Salad. Learn how to make a delicious lunch with whole wheat pita bread filled with tangy bean salad. Presented by Ashley Bowers, Healthy Eating Specialist, Whole Foods Market.12:30pm: Healthy & Delicious Muffins. Baking can be good for you as Cravin Raven Bakery shows you how to make gluten free & vegan fruit muffins. Presented by Cindy Sherman, Owner of Cravin Raven Bakery.1:00pm: Wild Alaskan Salmon Salad. Learn how you can include a healthy balance of fats in your diet while enjoying some delicious salmon. Presented by Julie Briley, ND, National College of Natural Medicine.
1:30 pm: Backyard Beekeeping. A beginner’s guide for tips on placing your hives, choosing the right equipment, and finding the best bees. Presented by the Oregon State Beekeepers Association.2:00pm: Chicken Keeping. From chick care to egg production, learn the basics to start your own urban chicken coop. Presented by the Urban Farm Store.2:30pm: Basic Chicken Butchery. Learn the lost art of home butchery. Presented by Camas Davis, founder and owner of the Portland Meat Collective.3:00pm: Lolbe Yucateco Dance Group. Lolbe, which means “flower of the trail” in Mayan, is a group dedicated to preserving and promoting their cultural heritage through dance, music and song.3:30pm: Fresh and Affordable. Stretch your dollars while enjoying farm fresh vegetables. Learn how to make a cured summer vegetable salad, veggie ribbons and what to do with your leftover veggies. Presented by Abby Fammartino of Abby’s Kitchen.+11:30 amDirt to Dinner: From the Farm to Your Table
−Fireside Chat with Founders Fund Geoff Lewis & Urban Airship’s Scott Kveton5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Come hear from Geoff Lewis, Principal at Founders Fund and Scott Kveton, CEO/Founder of Urban Airship as they sit down for a casual “Fireside Chat” this August in Portland. They will take 20-30 minutes to talk, and then take questions from the audience for the remaining time. And of course, since this is Portland, there will be beer.
There’s a lot to learn from these guys and we’re thrilled to see this event coming together for the community here in Portland.
Geoff Lewis, Principal, Founders Fund: Geoff is an entrepreneur, investor, and business advisor. Most recently, Geoff served as the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Topguest, a San Francisco based technology startup enabling the world’s largest loyalty programs to engage with and reward members via mobile devices and social networks. Founded in June, 2010, Topguest has already been adopted by loyalty programs reaching over 260 million members, including United MileagePlus and Hilton HHonors. In Dec, 2011, Geoff sold Topguest to Switchfly, Inc (formerly ezRez Software). The Topguest product is now a standalone offering as part of Switchfly’s broader product suite.
A noted expert on emerging marketing technologies, Geoff has been interviewed on programs including CNBC Power Lunch, MSNBC Your Money, and TechCrunchTV. He’s been a featured speaker at Web 2.0 Summit, Gamification Summit, EyeForTravel, New Digital Future, and numerous other events. Geoff is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship as an alternative to corporate america, and he mentors other young entrepreneurs for the Founder Institute and The Brandery.
In his free time, he enjoys writing, traveling, and long distance running. In March, 2012, StartOut honored Geoff with the “Next Generation” Award in Entrepreneurship, alongside fellow honorees Peter Thiel, Kathy Levinson, and Ramona Pierson.
Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Geoff was an executive at a global macro hedge fund, and began his career as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble. While he’s been based primarily in New York City and San Francisco since finishing college, Geoff grew up in Calgary, Canada and graduated from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada with a Bachelor of Commerce Honors.
Scott Kveton, CEO, Urban Airship: Scott is the CEO of Urban Airship, a mobile services platform provider in Portland, Oregon. He is widely recognized as an expert on mobile app strategy and cloud infrastructure. He speaks frequently on app monetization, engagement and the developer ecosystems around the various mobile platforms.
Under Kveton’s leadership, Urban Airship has added customers, employees and accolades at a rapid pace. The company powers some of the most successful brands in mobile, including ESPN, Tapulous, Groupon, dictionary.com, msnbc.com and Newsweek. Urban Airship’s flagship offerings ”push notifications and in-app purchas” help apps gain success by increasing user engagement and delivering a path to monetization. As of March, the venture-backed start-up has delivered more than 3 billion push notifications across the Apple, Android and Blackberry platforms and enabled more than 3 million in-app mobile transactions.
Prior to co-founding Urban Airship, Kveton had more than a dozen years of experience building technology, developing business strategy and leading engineering teams with companies including Amazon.com, Rulespace, JanRain and Vidoop. He also co-founded the Open Source Lab (OSL) at Oregon State University. OSL was instrumental in helping several open source projects grow into mainstream usage, including the Mozilla Foundation, the Linux Kernel and Drupal. In recognition of his work at OSL and with the OpenID Foundation, Scott was named Red Herring’s list of 25 Titans in waiting in early 2007 and Information Week Change Agents in December 2005.
RSVP free here.+5:30 pmFireside Chat with Founders Fund Geoff Lewis & Urban Airship’s Scott Kveton
−Learning from the Octopus7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Biological organisms have been living — and thriving — on a risk-filled planet for billions of years. Remarkably, they have done it without planning, predicting, or trying to perfect their responses to complex threats. In Learning from the Octopus (Basic Books), ecologist and security expert Rafe Sagarin takes us on an eye-opening tour of the challenges we face and shows us how, by drawing inspiration from nature, we might learn to respond more effectively to the unknown threats lurking in our future.+7:30 pmLearning from the Octopus
−Wired for Story7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The vast majority of writing advice focuses on “writing well,” as if it were the same as telling a great story. When writers tap into the evolutionary purpose of story and electrify readers’ curiosity, it triggers a dopamine rush that tells us to pay attention. Without it, even the most perfect prose won’t hold anyone’s interest. Backed by recent breakthroughs in neuroscience, as well as examples from novels, screenplays, and short stories, Lisa Cron‘s Wired for Story (Ten Speed Press) offers a revolutionary look at how the brain experiences stories.
+7:30 pmWired for Story
−PSU Lab2Market 20128:00 am – 12:00 pm
Got an idea for a business, product or service? Developing a new technology? Join us August 7th and 8th for a free program presented by DFJ Frontier and sponsored by PSU’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the PSU Business Accelerator. Further explore your business model, market and customers, work on your elevator pitch, understand funding options, and more! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and an application.
Date: August 7th (all day), August 8th (half day)+8:00 amPSU Lab2Market 2012
−Mathew Lippincott + Molly Danielsson: MDML “Designing in a Cultural Blind Spot: Restrooms, Ergonomics, and the Environment6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Bathrooms are not designed in vacuums. Often they’re designed by people wearing pants. Join us for an exploration of the interrelated cultural and social issues at play in designing the components of restrooms and the treatment of excrement.
More than any other issue, the handling of human excrement defies the logic of impact reductionism. Our excrement is the waste most intimately ours and also the waste we are least able to limit; we can’t reduce it and its production is not a choice. It is also a valuable source of nutrients crucial to soil health and structure. Combining inevitability, intimacy, and ecological value, the problem of excrement is situated directly between our artificial boundaries of human and natural environments. Unraveling these interconnections and demonstrating a new positive human ecology is the key to understanding our place in our environment, and deconstructing our systemic problems of waste. Ecological Sanitation is more than simply environmentally conscious sanitation, it is a powerful model for re-imagining ourselves as a keystone species and positive ecological actors.
Mathew Lippincott flies kites and balloons to solve problems. Mathew is Director of Production in Education for Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS). PLOTS supports citizen-based, grassroots data gathering and research. He is Co-Founder of the Cloacina Project, a project to create replicable sustainable portable sanitation services for the Pacific Northwest. Partner, MDML Design. B.A. Oberlin College Philosophy 2006.
Molly Danielsson is illustrating the science behind shit. Molly and Mathew co-founded the Cloacina Project two years ago and have created a series of educational publications, workshops and services in order to demonstrate the economic feasibility of sustainable sanitation through a replicable business model. Molly is lending her artistic hand to ReCode Oregon to create an educational campaign for regulators and the public on ecological sanitation with funding from the Bullitt Foundation. Partner, MDML Design. B.A. Oberlin College, Environmental Studies 2007+6:00 pmMathew Lippincott + Molly Danielsson: MDML “Designing in a Cultural Blind Spot: Restrooms, Ergonomics, and the Environment
−August Green Drinks6:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the speakers starts promptly at 7:00. Announcements will follow the speakers and networking will continue upstairs until 8:45. Check www.pdxgreendrinks.org for monthly speakers.
Location: Billy Frank Jr. Conf Center, 2nd floor Ecotrust Building – 721 NW Ninth Ave, Portland, OR.
We ask that you donate $5 to help us cover our costs. Refreshments available.
+6:30 pmAugust Green Drinks
−Oregon Humanities: Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Portland State University adjunct professor Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through an interactive timeline of Black history in Oregon and will also discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape for Black Oregonians.+7:00 pmOregon Humanities: Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History
−Age-friendly greater Portland12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLike the rest of the nation, the greater Portland region is aging – the average age of residents is increasing. Is the region ready for this changing demographic? How will this change affect housing, transportation and other spaces for people of all ages?
Join Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick, Margaret Neal, director of Portland State University’s Institute on Aging, and Alan DeLaTorre, project manager for the Global Age-Friendly Cities project, and learn about the region’s history of and context for planning for an aging society.
Hear from Matt Wickstrom, district planner, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, about how Portland is incorporating age-friendly strategies.
Learn from students in PSU’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program how their findings from a recently completed vision for an age-friendly Portland and subsequent policy recommendations might apply to the larger region. Metro Regional Center, council chamber+12:00 pmAge-friendly greater Portland