Gorge Owned Seeks Proposals for 10th Anniversary
Sense of Place Lecture Series

Speakers are invited to submit proposals for lectures that foster a deeper connection to place.

Hood River, Ore. (June 10, 2019) — Gorge Owned has announced a Request for Proposals for the Sense of Place 2019 – 20 lecture series. The upcoming season marks the 10th anniversary for the popular series, which seeks to foster a deeper understanding of, and connection to, the landscape of the Columbia River Gorge and to each other. Lectures run 45-60 minutes on topics that relate to the cultural, natural, or political history of the Columbia River Gorge. Individual speakers and panel discussions will be considered. Selections will be made by a volunteer committee led by new Sense of Place Host & Curator, Sarah Fox, a Hood River resident and producer of Hear in the Gorge, a series of audio documentaries that originated as a complement to the Sense of Place series.

“We are very excited to celebrate our 10th season this year,” shared Courtney Christenson, Executive Director of Gorge Owned, “and to announce that Sarah Fox is taking the reins as our new Sense of Place Host & Curator.

Sense of Place lectures occur once a month between October and March at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. The series attracts more than 1,000 people annually, with speakers regularly presenting to sold-out audiences. Over the last nine years, topics have included stories from the Japanese evacuation and internment, a geologic history of the Gorge, the evolution of Gorge breweries, Hanford’s nuclear legacy, architecture of the Gorge, Native American traditions along the Columbia River, and many more.

“From the moment I went to my first Sense of Place lecture, I was hooked,” says Fox. “I believe wholeheartedly in the mission set out by the series’ founder, Amanda Lawrence, and I’m honored to be a part of helping to carry on this tradition of connecting people through place and storytelling.”

For more information or to respond to the Request for Proposals, please go to gorgeowned.org/sense-of-place or email sop@gorgeowned.org.

About Gorge Owned

Gorge Owned is a member-supported 501(c)(3) community-building organization committed to social, economic, and environmental resilience in the Columbia River Gorge. Through community conversations, powerful lectures and a passion for strengthening local communities, GO! helps people deepen their connections to our landscape and to one another. Programs include the Sense of Place Lecture Series, GO! Local, and a GO! Conversation Series currently under development. Learn More: GorgeOwned.org

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