Oregon Council for the Humanities seeks proposals for its new interactive, facilitated conversation program

Oregon Chautauqua, a popular speakers bureau of the Oregon Council for the Humanities (OCH) that has reached statewide audiences for twenty-eight years, has been transformed into The Conversation Project: A New Chautauqua, which connects Oregonians with public scholars and provocative ideas through idea-driven dialogue.

OCH invites scholars who live or work in Oregon to submit proposals for the 2009–10 Conversation Project. The Request for Proposals may be downloaded at www.oregonhum.org or requested by e-mail from Program Director Jennifer Allen at jallen@oregonhum.org. The postmark deadline for submission is March 16, 2009.

Oregon Chautauqua will finish out its current season on August 31, 2009. The Conversation Project season will begin on November 1, 2009.

After a comprehensive evaluation of its programs, OCH created the Conversation Project to offer statewide opportunities for civic dialogue and humanities learning, but with a greater emphasis on contemporary themes and interactive, facilitated conversations rather than traditional scholar presentations.

The Oregon Council for the Humanities (813 SW Alder St, #702, Portland, OR 97205) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that is dedicated to the belief that knowledge and ideas are fundamental to the health of our communities. More information about OCH’s programs and publications, which include Oregon Chautauqua, Humanity in Perspective, Teacher Institutes, Summer Honors Symposium, Public Program Grants, Opportunity Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at www.oregonhum.org.