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PSU Urban Center Bldg, 506 SW Mill

506 SW Mill St.
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)

Parsons Gallery, 2nd Floor
PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs

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  • Monday
    Nov 20 2017
    The 1920s KKK in Oregon and America's Right-Wing Tradition

    Portland State University Urban Center (URBN) Parsons Gallery RM 212

    RSVP: http://bit.ly/KKK20sOR

    A new Ku Klux Klan arose in the early 1920s, a less violent but equally poisonous descendant of the terrorist Klan begun in the 1870s South. This “second Klan” flourished above the Mason-Dixon Line by targeting Catholics, Jews and people of color as a threat to America’s destiny. Oregon and Portland in particular were Klan strongholds, and Oregon was the only state in which the Klan succeeded in outlawing Catholic schools (although courts overturned this legislation). The 1924 immigration control law enacted the Klan’s racial hierarchy by setting very low quotas on immigrants of “undesirable” ethnicities.

    Klannish bigotry has deep roots in America, sometimes as an undercurrent, sometimes exploding publicly and angrily. Klan membership in the 1920s was not only respectable but even conferred prestige, offering an entrée into the “middle class” for many members. Understanding how it drew in millions of followers in the 1920s may offer some insight into today’s white nationalism.

    Linda Gordon is a professor of history and a University Professor of the Humanities at New York University. Two of her books—The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction (Harvard University Press, 1999) and the biography, Dorothea Lange: A Life beyond Limits (W.W. Norton & Company, 2009)—won the Bancroft Prize for best book on US history. Her most recent book is The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition (Liveright | W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

  • Wednesday
    Oct 18 2017
    Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes About LGBT Rights

    Join us for an evening with Melissa Michelson, Professor of Political Science at Menlo College and co-author of the recently published: Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes About LGBT Rights, to learn about Michelson's groundbreaking research on changing attitudes toward LGBT rights. Melissa Michelson is taking the findings from randomized experiments around the nation to teach community members the tools it takes to create cohesive communities. Don't miss out on this enlightening event!

    This event is a part of OUTober. To learn more about this event and other events happening for OUTober visit pdx.edu/queer/out

    For accessibility requests please email cleets@pdx.edu

    PSU Queer Resource Center
    Community Center · Portland, Oregon
    The Queer Resource Center provides students along the sexuality and gender spectrum with the support they need to persist to graduation.

  • Tuesday
    Apr 25 2017
    CANCELLED: Listen, We Need To Talk

    CANCELLED: Join us for an evening with Melissa Michelson, Professor of Political Science at Menlo College, to learn about her ground-breaking research on changing attitudes toward LGBT rights. Conducting randomized experiments around the nation, Michelson and her research partner, Brian Harrison, were able to develop a blueprint for thinking about how to bring disparate groups together over contentious political issues. The results of their study was just published by Oxford University Press in a new book, Listen, We Need to Talk.

    CANCELLED: Free and open to the public.

    CANCELLED: Sponsored by PSU's Political Science Department and the Center for Women's Leadership

  • Friday
    Apr 7 2017
    Survivor Speak Out 2017

    The PSU Women's Resource Center invites you to our annual Survivor Speakout, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

    The evening will be dedicated to giving survivors the space and opportunity to share their stories and experiences of how sexual violence has impacted them. No one is required to speak, please feel free to just come hold space and show solidarity and community support. There will be advocates present to support anyone who may feel triggered or overwhelmed at any point throughout the event.

    Friday, April 7th from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Parsons Gallery for a time of reflection, healing, and community. Survivors, allies, and accomplices are welcome. This event is free and open to the public.