Chanpone Sinlapasai, Attorney, Marandas Sinlapasai P.C., Lake Oswego, OR
Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Reed College, Author of A History of Islam in America
Djimet Dogo, Associate Director of Community Relations, Immigrant and Refugee Organization, Portland
Dr. Irum Shiekh, Panel Chair and Organizer, The Clark Honors College
Featuring Norman Solomon, journalist, activist, and author. Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, where he is coordinator of its ExposeFacts program. His books include War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death and Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State.
A collection of Solomon’s columns won the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. The award, presented by the National Council of Teachers of English, honored Solomon’s book "The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media."
Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. Cosponsored by Eugene PeaceWorks and KEPW Community Radio 97.3 FM.
A discussion featuring Jess Campbell, Rural Organizing Project; Terri Givens, author and professor; Zakir Khan, CAIR-Oregon; and Laura Pulido, UO Ethnic Studies.
Jess Campbell has been involved in rural organizing for more than 15 years. She has worked with some of the most rural communities in Oregon to fight for the commons from post offices to libraries, to organize and counterorganize in frontline communities reeling from vigilante and state violence and white nationalist organizing, and to advance experimental campaigns at the intersections of racial, economic, and social justice. She is co-author of Up in Arms: A Guide to Oregon’s Patriot Movement.
Terri Givens is an author, consultant, and political scientist. She is the author/editor of many books and articles on immigration policy, European politics and security, including Voting Radical Right in Western Europe, Immigration Policy and Security and ImmigrantPolitics: Race and Representation in Western Europe.Her most recent book is Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe (Oxford University Press, May 2014). She is developing a textbook on comparative immigration politics, and is working on a manuscript on the historical connections between Europe and the U.S. on racism and immigration control.
Zakir Kahn is the board chair of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Oregon and is a professor of communications at Linn-Benton Community College.
Laura Pulido is the chair of the UO Ethnic Studies Department and a 2018-19 Wayne Morse Resident Scholar working on a project titled “Cultural Memory and White Supremacy in the Creation of the United States.” She is a qualitative social scientist who works at the intersection of geography and critical ethnic studies.
A discussion featuring Alison Gash, UO Political Science; Margaret Hallock, Wayne Morse Center; Jeff Mapes, OPB; and Kerry Tymchuck, Oregon Historical Society.
Alison Gash is a political science professor at UO and an expert in U.S. courts, gender, race, sexuality, same-sex marriage, constitutional rights and public policy. Her research explores how advocates work to overcome contentious policy debates and how their efforts ultimately influence the "facts on the ground." She is the author of Below the Radar: How Silence Can Save Civil Rights (Oxford University Press 2015). Her work as been featured in Washington Monthly, Politico, Slate, Huffington Post, Newsweek and The Conversation.
Margaret Hallock is a Ph.D. economist who has been engaged in public policy in Oregon
for over 4 decades. She is the founding director of the University of Oregon’s Wayne
Morse Center for Law and Politics where she served from 2001-2015 and again in fall
2018. Formerly Hallock taught economics at the UO, directed the UO Labor Education and
Research Center, served as senior economist for the State of Oregon, and worked for the
Service Employees International Union 503, where she led the struggle for pay equity for
women workers. During 2003-04 Hallock served as a policy advisor to Governor Ted
Kulongoski for labor, revenue and workforce development. She has contributed to public
policy issues in labor, taxes, healthcare and workforce development.
Hallock is also active in the community, having served on numerous boards and
committees. She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors of Sponsors, Inc, a
Eugene nonprofit that assists people returning to the community from prison.
Jeff Mapes is a senior political reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Prior to working at OPB, Mapes covered state and national politics for The Oregonian for nearly 32 years. He has reported on numerous presidential, congressional, gubernatorial and ballot measure campaigns, and legislative sessions.
Kerry Tymchuk has been the executive director of the Oregon Historical Society since 2011. His career includes service as a Marion County deputy district attorney, director of speechwriting to U.S. Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole, director of speechwriting and legal counsel to U.S. Senator Bob Dole, and state director to U.S. Senator Gordon Smith. He was recognized by the Portland Business Journal as the Most Admired Non-Profit Executive in Portland and as the 2018 Statesman of the Year by Oregon Business and Industry.