Sense of Place Lecturers

We have been fortunate to have had a long list of great speakers come and visit us in the past, and this season’s lecturers continue that trend. We are thrilled about this season’s line-up. Thanks to all of our lecturers for giving of their time and expertise.

Upcoming Lectures

Upcoming lectures to be announced.
Holly Yasui

Holly Yasui

Minoru Yasui Tribute (MYT) Project


October 19,

Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice

Holly Yasui is the youngest daughter of Minoru and True Yasui, and is co-founder with Peggy Nagae of the Minoru Yasui Tribute (MYT) Project. She has worked in higher education in the U.S. and Mexico and in community development and water projects in Mexico. She is currently working on the film and a play about her father.

Paul Lumley

Paul Lumley

Executive Director of Native American Youth and Family Center

January 18

Connecting our Past to our Future: Tribal Life Along the River
Paul Lumley is currently the Executive Director of Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) in Portland. He spent 17 years with Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), working on biological issues relating to U.S. v. Oregon and the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act. From 2004-2009, Mr. Lumley was the Senior Tribal Liaison for the U.S. Department of Defense and also the Executive Director of the National American Indian Housing Council, representing tribal housing nationally. Lumley returned to CRITFC as the Executive Director from 2009-2016. The organization is dedicated to restoring the salmon runs to their historical range and protecting the tribes’ treaty-reserved fishing rights. In recent years, he has worked to address many social issues affecting the tribal community, especially the tribal housing crisis along the Columbia River. Lumley has also played an integral role in the process to modernize the Columbia River Treaty and addressed issues related to fossil fuel transportation through the Columbia River Gorge.

David Lewis

David Lewis

Tribal anthropologist


November 16

The Paradox of the Cascades Tribes
David Lewis, PhD is a Tribal anthropologist, a member of the Grand Ronde Tribe, and holds a PhD from the University of Oregon. Over the past decade he has worked to understand in greater detail what happened to the tribes of Oregon during the settlement period, and what happened to them after removal to Tribal Reservations. David teaches at regional colleges and lives in Salem with his wife Donna, and his sons Saghaley and Inatye.







Greg Vandy

Greg Vandy

Host of "The Roadhouse"

February 15

Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs & The Planned Promised Land In The PNW
Greg Vandy is host of “The Roadhouse”, a weekly radio show on KEXP- Seattle and the publisher of American Standard Time, a blog dedicated to American music and vintage lifestyle. He also curates for the Pickathon music festival and his first book is titled 26 Songs In 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs & The Planned Promised Land In The Pacific Northwest published by Sasquatch Books in Seattle.

Christopher Van Tilburg

Christopher Van Tilburg

Crag Rat

December 14

Crag Rats: Eight Decades of Mountain Rescue from Mt Hood to the Columbia River
Christopher Van Tilburg is Medical Director of Occupational and Travel Medicine and staff physician in the Emergency Department at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, in Hood River, Oregon. He is a member of Crag Rats, the oldest mountain rescue unit in the USA, serves on the Mountain Rescue Association Medical Committee, and works for International Society of Travel Medicine as editor of Travel Medicine News. He is author of 11 books including Mountain Rescue Doctor: Wilderness Medicine in the Extremes of Nature (St. Martins, 2007) and Adrenaline Junkie’s Bucket List: 100 Extreme Outdoor Adventures to do Before You Die (St. Martins, 2013). He has taught wilderness medicine, served as an expedition doctor, worked as a medical relief physician, served as a cruise ship doctor, and adventured in 70 countries in 5 continents.

Linda Tamura

Linda Tamura

Professor Emerita


March 15

A Sense of Honor: How Community Members Supported Japanese Americans during World War II
Linda Tamura is Professor Emerita, Willamette University and author of two books about her hometown, Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence:  Coming Home to Hood River (University of Washington Press, 2013) and Hood River Issei:  An Oral History of Japanese Settlers in Oregon’s Hood River Valley (University of Illinois Press, 1994).  She also co-curated “What If Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?” an exhibit, now traveling, through the Oregon Historical Society.