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PSU Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park

1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)



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  • Thursday
    Feb 8 2018
    The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Why It Matters Today

    Lincoln Recital Hall RM 75

    A free lecture on the racial politics of mass incarceration

    RSVP: http://bit.ly/psuattica

    In 1971, nearly 1300 men took over the notorious Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York demanding more humane conditions. Although this remarkable prison protest was violently suppressed by hundreds of New York State Police troopers after four long days and nights of fruitful negotiations, its left a powerful legacy. From Attica back in 1971 up to the crisis of mass incarceration in the state of Oregon today, historian Heather Ann Thompson will ask us to rethink our nation’s criminal justice system then and now.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR [https://www.heatherannthompson.com/about]

    Dr. Heather Ann Thompson is a historian at the University of Michigan, and is the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy (Pantheon Books, 2016). [https://www.heatherannthompson.com/attica]

    Thompson’s 2001 book, Whose Detroit: Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City in 2001 was republished in 2017 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Riot of 1967.

    Thompson is a public intellectual who writes extensively on the history of policing, mass incarceration and the current criminal justice system for The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, Jacobin, The Atlantic, Salon, Dissent, NBC, New Labor Forum, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post, as well as for the top publications in her field. Thompson has served in policy organizations and she has been a consultant on numerous documentaries that focus on cities, prisons, and the black experience.

  • Saturday
    Feb 3 2018
    U.S. Saudi Coalition: bringing peace or war?



    • Aisha Jumaan - Yemeni Activist
    • Mohammed al-Nemer - Activist & Son of executed scholar
    • Catherine Shakdam - Geopolitical Analyst
    • Jim Fetzer - Professor UMD
    • Scott Bennett - Former U.S. Army Officer
    • Kevin Barrett - Author, Journalist, Broadcaster

    • Senator Richard H. Black (Skyped-in)

    U.S. Saudi Coalition: bringing war or peace?


    Saudi Arabia has been, as of recent, making threats to wage war on Iran.

    Saudi Arabia has been busy, since 2010 and the rise of “Arab Spring,” with:

    • Occupying Bahrain and helping crush the real, peaceful, people’s revolution there.
    • Helping to remove the more progressive Arab leaders, such as Gaddafi in Libya, a country that is now in ruin and chaos.
    • Utilizing that chaos to wage a proxy war on Syria, which seemingly is winding down, and major defeat for the Saudi front and its backers.
    • And, waging war on the people of Yemen to suppress a revolution that was just starting to bloom - thus mixing war and revolution.

    Some questions:

    • Has Saudi Arabia been alone in these endeavors?
    • Where from are this Saudi/Wahabi phenomenon?
    • What of GCC countries relations with Saudis; how much collaboration and/or competition?
    • Is Trump adding to longevity of these GCC regimes that are footprints of British-East-India company in the Persian Gulf?


    • After World War One we had the October revolution.
    • After World War Two we had myriad anti-colonial revolutions.
    • After Vietnam, we had the Iranian revolution.

    Thus, it would seem that revolution(s) are to be expected, especially considering the scope and longevity of the current war.

    The “Arab Spring” mixed a slight taste of revolution with war; where, soon the warmongers were able to transform revolution into counter-revolution, in Syria. The defeat of counter-revolutionary forces in Syria has prompted the militarists in the Trump administration to rename the “infinite war,” of Bush administration, as “unlimited war.”

    As wars lead to revolutions, ultimately, it is expected that revolution(s) may one day prevent war(s).

    Will this “unlimited war” be able to ebb the flow of revolution(s) that it seems to be more stimulating, now, than abating?

    Will revolution(s) be able to ultimately end war, especially in this case where an “infinite” and/or “unlimited” war has been announced?

    Within the confines of wars and revolutions, and humanity evermore facing survival or perdition; Saudi war mongering stands in stark contrast to Iran’s Islamic Revolution.

    Today, we will focus on Saudi wars, aggressions, and its relations with the West, in particular United Kingdom and United States that together have defined worlds’ biggest empire for last century.

  • Thursday
    Jan 25 2018
    In Conversation with State Attorney Aramis Ayala

    In Conversation with Aramis Ayala: Race, Gender and Justice.

    Tickets: General admission sliding scale $20-$30-$40. $10 students. Free for formerly incarcerated people. Scholarships available - please contact Amie Wexler awexler@ojrc.info.

    This event is a fundraiser for our Women's Justice Project: http://ojrc.info/womens-justice-project/.

    We're bringing progressive prosecutor Aramis Ayala to Portland in January to talk race, gender and justice. She'll be joining us to share her experiences and ideas as a prosecutor. Ayala was elected to the post of State Attorney (equivalent of an Oregon district attorney) for Orange-Osceola, Florida, in 2016.

    Prior to becoming a State Attorney, Aramis Ayala had worked as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. Before running for office, she was a Homicide and Major Crimes Assistant State Attorney. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Florida A&M University School of Law and at University of Central Florida in the Legal Studies Department.

    State Attorney Ayala currently serves on the Judicial Administration Committee of the Florida Bar. She has served as Regional Director for the National Bar Association, covering Florida, Georgia and Alabama and was appointed to chair the Pro Bono and Public Service Committee of the National Bar Association.

    Aramis Ayala was only elected state attorney for Orange-Osceola a little over a year ago, yet she's already achieved a national profile, and not only because she is the state's first elected black state attorney. Ayala announced that she would not seek the death penalty in any case. Following that decision, Florida Governor Rick Scott reassigned all death penalty-eligible cases to other prosecutors. After an unsuccessful legal fight against the governor's decision, State Attorney Ayala has now created a panel of assistant state attorneys to review first-degree murder cases and decide whether to seek the death penalty.

    Aramis Ayala also had the experience of a video of her being stopped by police in 2017 going viral. Ayala was pulled over by Orlando police. The officers said it was due to her car windows being "really dark" and the license plate of her official car not coming up in their system. State Attorney Ayala concluded the stop was lawful, as did the Orlando Police Department. But the video raised questions in many viewers' minds about racial profiling, as did Ayala herself, saying she wanted to use the incident to open a dialog about the issue.

  • Thursday
    Dec 7 2017
    In the Wake of Pearl Harbor: Artist Lecture and Film Screening

    In the Wake of Pearl Harbor
    Thursday, December 7, 2017

    "Voices of Remembrance," Lecture by artist Valerie Otani, 5:30pm

    Conscience and the Constitution, Documentary film screening, 6:30pm

    Lincoln Hall, Room 331
    1620 SW Park Avenue
    Portland OR 97201

    On Pearl Harbor Day, artist Valerie Otani discusses "Voices of Remembrance," her sculpture at the Portland Expo Center commemorating the 1942 incarceration of Japanese Americans, plus a screening of "Conscience and the Constitution," a documentary by Frank Abe featuring Oregon Poet Laureate Lawsom Fusao Inada and actor George Takei about resistance to the incarceration program during World War II.

    This event is in conjunction with the exhibition "Our American Eyes: Prints by Roger Shimomura" on view in the Broadway Gallery through January 8.

    FREE and open to the public

    Japanese-American artist Valerie Otani creates public installations and sculptures that engage our shared history and imagination. She received her BA in philosophy from Antioch College in Ohio, and her MA in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State University. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

    This Torii Gate stands at the entrance to the Portland Expo Center from the Trimet MAX Yellow Line stations. 3,500 identification tags are used in the installation to represent the same number of Japanese-Americans housed at the Portland Assembly Center located at Expo during World War II.

  • Wednesday
    Nov 8 2017
    Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture 2017: Tamika Butler - RSVP required

    FREE and open to the public (Eventbrite RSVP required): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ann-niles-active-transportation-lecture-2017-tamika-butler-tickets-37772742289

    WHEN: November 8th (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) - The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m., please be sure to check in prior to the start time. WHERE: PSU's Lincoln Recital Hall (Room 75, Ground Fl, 1620 SW Park Ave, Portland)

    Tamika Butler, executive director of the Los Angeles Neighborhod Land Trust, will deliver the Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture this year. She is an advocate and activist who works in support of LGBTQA rights, as well as fighting for social justice and healthy communities. She moved to Los Angeles from Omaha, Nebraska, and became interested in active transportation when she met her wife. It was on bike rides that she fell in love with the city. Uniquely positioned as a queer black woman to understand what marginalized people experience every day, she brought passion, energy and intersectionality to the quest for better bicycle access as the executive director of the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition. In her new role with the L.A. Neighborhood Land Trust, she continues to help address social and racial equity through building parks and gardens in park-poor communities across Greater Los Angeles.

    Butler is a featured speaker at the 2017 National Walking Summit in St. Paul this September, and gave the keynote at the 2016 NACTO Designing Cities conference in Seattle. Prior to leading the L.A. Bicycle Coalition, she was the director of social change strategies at Liberty Hill Foundation, and worked at Young Invincibles as the California director. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Sociology in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

    READ MORE about Tamika's new role here on StreetsBlog LA "Tamika Butler to Step Down as Head of LACBC; Leaves Behind Strong Legacy of Inclusion in Transportation": http://la.streetsblog.org/2017/06/15/tamika-butler-to-step-down-as-head-of-lacbc-leaves-behind-strong-legacy-of-inclusion-in-transportation/

    WATCH MORE of Tamika and view her 2016 NACTO Designing Cities keynote address: https://youtu.be/T4R7MuNBMvk

  • Thursday
    Oct 12 2017
    Does History Matter? A lecture by Margaret MacMillan

    FREE and opent to the public
    RSVP recommended

    Lincoln Recital Hall RM 75
    1620 SW Park Ave
    Portland, OR 97201

    HISTORY can be dangerous.

    Oversimplified and one-sided stories from the past can be used to stir up resentments and grievances, mobilize hatreds, support unreasonable claims, and justify attacks on others. Yet, we need good history to help us make sense of our world and where it might be headed. History is key to understanding the motives, the hope and the fears of others, and, equally important, ourselves. Knowledge of the past is also helpful for decision makers because it offers instructive analogies and warnings of potentially dangerous outcomes.

    This lecture explores some of the ways in which history has been used and abused in the recent past. Margaret MacMillan will draw on examples from her work on the outbreak of the First World War, the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, and the international relations of the 20th century

    Margaret MacMillan was the fifth Warden of St. Antony’s College, Oxford from 2007 to 2017, and is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Her books include Women of the Raj (1988, 2007); Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World (2001), for which she was the first woman to win the Samuel Johnson prize; Nixon in China: Six Days that Changed the World (2007); The Uses and Abuses of History (2008); and The War That Ended Peace (2013).

    Her most recent book is History’s People (February 2016). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto, Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, University of Toronto, and of St Antony’s College and St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.

    She sits on the board of the Mosaic Institute and the editorial boards of International History and First World War Studies. She also sits on the Advisory Board Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation and is a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust.

    Portland State University Department of History
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    The PSU Department of History encourages active engagement in historical inquiry.

    Friends of History - Portland State University
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    The Friends of History promotes excellence in the teaching and study of history within Portland State University and strives to increase awareness of this resource in the Portland metropolitan area.