A State of Change: Oregon’s Evolving Identities


The March 21, 2015 event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project.

Newport, Oregon, March 21, 2015: What is an Oregonian? Our state and its citizens have many identities, including an Eden of freedom and verdancy, a laboratory of democracy, and a land of logging. How might diverse interpretations of Oregon help us better understand the past, present, and future of our state?

Richard Etulain

Richard Etulain

This is the focus of “A State of Change: Oregon’s Evolving Identities,” a free conversation with Northwest native and prolific history writer Richard Etulain on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the community room at Oregon Coast Community College, 400 SE College Way, Newport. This program is hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lincoln County and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Etulain is professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico, where he taught American history and cultures and directed its Center for the American West, and has taught at Northwest Nazarene University and Idaho State University. He holds a doctorate in American history and literature from the University of Oregon. Etulain is the author or editor of fifty books; his most recent is Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era. He is currently working on a new book, Abraham Lincoln and the American West.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this community discussion, please contact M. Podesta at 541-765-4422 or at emmyrumsey@cablespeed.com.

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