Social Justice Courses
The environmental movement is failing to cope with our modern system of global capitalism and consumption. This course will explore some of the root causes of this, examining the origins of our environmental ethos, the ways in which it has been packaged and marketed by mainstream environmental organizations, and the movement's inability to acknowledge and address the culture war over core values and a vision for the future.
"Hegemonic Masculinity" and the Rise of Donald Trump
Is masculinity currently in crisis? What about men, are they in crisis? Has feminism, post-industrialization, or globalization put an end the reign of “real men” in America? What is a “real man,” anyway?
Images of Woman: Evolution of the Female Form in Art
This image-based course traces the evolution of the female form from prehistory up to the Renaissance with a focus on how the representations of women emerge, develop, and transition from one era to the next.
An evening of storytelling about race, food, and identity
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Food Workers Resist is looking for autobiographical stories and personal essays focused on the themes of race, identity, culture, and food. The submission form can be found here.
Stories can either be performed with or without notes. Prior to the event, we will be holding workshops to help participants hone their storytelling, so no previous storytelling experience required! We welcome both rookie and veteran storytellers.
After a small honorarium for each storyteller, proceeds from Food Workers Resist will be donated to IRCO (https://www.irco.org), an organization that provides services throughout Portland for newly arrived refugees and immigrants.
Understanding and Moving Beyond the Current Prison Crisis
The US incarcerates more people per capita than any other country in the world, and incarceration is acutely and disproportionately concentrated among communities of color. This course provides a substantive overview of what has become known as mass incarceration – the dramatic expansion of the US prison system over the past 40 years. Learn about mass incarceration’s history, scope, and impact; its connections to the War on Drugs and the legacy of slavery; and the exciting movements and strategies being deployed to dismantle it.
How to Handle Conflict to Build a More Empathetic Workplace
There is conflict in every workplace. We are mistakenly taught early on that we're supposed to check all personal items - egos, upsets, attitudes - at the door when we arrive at work. How do we create caring confrontations in the workplace that help us all grow?The inability to be our real selves in the workplace makes dealing with conflict even more difficult than it needs to be. This workshop gives tools to take back to your organization on how conflict between co-workers can become moments of growth and empathy for everyone.
Whiteness and Power
Taught by Kristin Teigen
Despite Oregon’s progressive and forward thinking reputation, our history tells another story – indeed, many refer to Oregon as the South of the North, as we have historically embraced segregation, exclusion and displacement. Through this class, we will look at how Oregon’s whiteness, historically and today, has created this reality.
Understand Identity to Become a Better Ally
Taught by Basic Rights Oregon
Transgender people face discrimination and danger unlike any other marginalized community. Learn key concepts and understand how trans identities intersect with the LGBT and POC communities to become a better ally.
How to Listen + Talk In Divisive Times
For many of us, the election results felt deeply personal. We responded with anger, but we must redirect our attention. This course will give you cathartic doses of direct action and a chance to shift the system, through effective communication across the political divide.
Good Science for Better Health
Taught by Jeff Rubin
We are bombarded with claims that medications, special diets, equipment, and personal treatments can improve our health, looks, and lifespan. How can we wade through it and end up with something useful?