Sense of Place is an annual lecture series that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to each other.

The series began as a small gathering in 2010 and has since grown to attract nearly 1,000 people annually and speakers regularly present to sold-out audiences.

Lectures occur once a month between October and March and take place at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR.

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What we’re looking for:

  • Presenters who are experts in a topic or topics that relate to the cultural, natural or political history of the Columbia River Gorge.
  • Skilled public speakers who enjoy sharing their knowledge – with the flexibility to tailor their presentation to fit within the Sense of Place theme.
  • Willingness to present in Hood River, OR.

What we can offer:

  • Lodging for out-of-town presenters.
  • Gift certificate for dinner in Hood River.
  • Event marketing to our audience of 2,000 e-newsletter readers and Facebook fans, local newspapers and partners.
  • Book sales facilitated by Waucoma Bookstore.
  • A chance to be a part of a popular and meaningful lecture series at a professional venue that regularly draws crowds of 100-200 people.
  • Modest honorarium.

To Apply:

Please answer the following questions and return via email to

Applications are accepted until April 30, 2018.

  1. What is your name and title?
  2. Please give us a 1-2 paragraph description of your proposed lecture (lecture topics must relate to the cultural, natural, or political history of the Gorge).
  3. What is your experience with public speaking? If available, please share links or videos of your public speaking experience.
  4. What is your connection to this topic, the Gorge and this region, personally or professionally?
  5. What interests you in being a part of the series?



Contact Amanda Lawrence
Sense of Place Curator

Gorge Owned (GO!) is a member-supported nonprofit helping people invest in a vibrant community, healthy environment, and strong economy in the Columbia Gorge.

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