[Local events] FWD: Tue. 4/28, "Shelter"

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Thu Apr 23 13:02:37 PDT 2009


a discussion with
Paul Collins, Tim DuRoche, John W. Haines, and Ethan Seltzer

Tuesday, April 28
7:00 p.m.

PSU Smith Memorial Student Union
Room 294
1825 S.W. Broadway

Free and open to the public

A panel discussion on “SHELTER” will address issues of sustainable 
housing and public architecture from a diversity of perspectives.

Panelists include Paul Collins, assistant professor of English at PSU 
and author of several nonfiction books; Portland writer and artist Tim 
DuRoche; John W. Haines, executive director of Mercy Corps Northwest; 
and Ethan Seltzer, professor and director of PSU’s Nohad A. Toulan 
School of Urban Studies and Planning. Michael McGregor, critic, 
journalist and associate professor of English at PSU, will moderate.

This is the third and final installment in the FOOD CLOTHING SHELTER 
sequence of public dialogues on the meaning and practice of 
sustainability in daily life. The talk is sponsored by the Humanities 
Sustainability Research Project, an initiative of the Portland Center 
for Public Humanities at Portland State University. For a complete list 
of lectures in the series and other resources, visit 

For more information, contact:
Marcia Klotz,
Humanities Sustainability Research Project
503-725-3521, mklotz at pdx.edu

About the Panelists

Paul Collins is the author of six books, including the upcoming 
travelogue The Book of William: How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered 
the World. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, New Scientist 
and Slate.com, Collins edits the Collins Library imprint of McSweeney’s 
Books and appears regularly on National Public Radio's “Weekend Edition” 
as the resident "literary detective."

Tim DuRoche has written about jazz, performance, visual art and culture 
for a number of publications, including Oregon Humanities, Willamette 
Week and The Oregonian. Recently he has been writing about urban 
history, planning and cultural policy for Portland Spaces' Burnside 
Blog. In addition to performing around the world as a jazz musician and 
composer, DuRoche was the inaugural artist in the 2007–2008 “South 
Waterfront Artist in Residence” program, where he created SO. WATERFRONT 
SOUND COMMISSION, a month-long public art project that looked at notions 
of "neighborhood," through a series of participatory events and 
conceptual audio tours. DuRoche is community programs manager for 
Portland Center Stage, where he generates public programs and community 
partnerships that bridge conversations around sustainability, civic 
engagement, historic preservation and the arts.

John W. Haines joined Mercy Corps Northwest in December 2002 as 
executive director. From 1997-2002, he was vice president of ShoreBank 
Pacific, a start-up sustainable development bank in Portland, Ore. From 
1996-1997 he was senior finance advisor to the Czech National 
Environmental Fund in Prague, working for Chemonics International under 
assistance provided by USAID to improve environmental health conditions 
in the Czech transition to a market economy. He is a board member of 
Mercy Corps Northwest, Willamette Riverkeeper, Our United Villages/The 
Rebuilding Center, The Food Alliance and Cascadia Times.

Ethan Seltzer is professor and director of PSU’s Nohad A. Toulan School 
of Urban Studies and Planning. He was founding director of PSU’s 
Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies from 1992-2003. Before 
joining PSU, Seltzer was land use supervisor for Metro Regional 
Government; prior to that he served as an assistant to Portland City 
Commissioner Mike Lindberg. Seltzer’s scholarly interests include 
Cascadia, regional planning and development, and community building at a 
regional scale. He has lived in Portland since 1980.

About the Sponsor

The Humanities Sustainability Research Project, an initiative of PSU’s 
Portland Center for Public Humanities, explores concepts of 
sustainability through panels, lectures and events by activists, artists 
and scholars in fields such as history, philosophy, literature, critical 
theory and anthropology. The project is sponsored by a grant through 
PSU’s Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices, with support from 
the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

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