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Upcoming Events 

Winter Keynote Speaker Michael Wimberly

Drumming: an Extension of Language

Join us live via Zoom

Thursday, December 2, 2021


Free Event

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Rhythm has been used to call, signal, inspire and celebrate since the dawn of time. In this talk, composer, percussionist, educator and music producer Michael Wimberly will investigate how rhythms are created from language, culture and nature. Through this lens Wimberly will share his joy of rhythm, drumming and its transformative nature.

Wimberly has recorded and toured with Charles Gayle, Steve Coleman, William Parker, David Murray and others. His orchestral compositions have been performed by symphonies in the U.S. Other compositions appear in the dance company repertory of Urban Bush Women, Joffrey II and Alvin Ailey among others. February brought Wimberly’s latest release, “Afrofuturism,” on Temple Mountain Records.

Oregon Humanities Conversation Project

Are You Safer Outside?

with Mareshah "MJ" Jackson

Join us live via Zoom

Thursday, December 9, 2021


Free Event

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor spaces have taken on new significance as we struggle to address the need for connection without the health risk that now comes with enclosed places. While some of us may be rediscovering parks and trails that we once took for granted, others may be feeling the stressors of unwelcoming or inaccessible outdoor areas more than ever before. Join facilitator Mareshah “MJ” Jackson to discuss what makes an outdoor space a “safe” space. How does one’s identity intersect with security in a park, on a trail, or on a patio? In what ways have our perceptions of these spaces changed since the pandemic and recent protests, and how may they change in the years to come? This conversation is a chance to reflect on the role open spaces play in our lives and how our perceptions may differ from each other’s.


Mareshah "MJ" Jackson is a graduate student in strategic communication at the University of Oregon and communication and development coordinator at Hoyt Arboretum. A recent transplant from Los Angeles, she’s fascinated by recreational outdoor spaces in urban areas. When she's not recovering from all-nighters, you can find her running through Portland, taking pictures of signs in public places, and window shopping.

Sitka Resident Talk

Join us live via Zoom

Thursday, December 16, 2021

4PM-5:15PM PST

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Sitka's Fall 2021 residency program is in full swing. The third group of 15 invited residents from diverse practices and backgrounds has arrived. Join us to learn about their work through brief 10-minute presentations and help welcome them to Sitka.

Dr. Christopher Linforth is the author of three story collections, The Distortions (Orison Books, 2022), winner of the 2020 Orison Books Fiction Prize, Directory (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, 2020), and When You Find Us We Will Be Gone (Lamar University Press, 2014).


Jacques J. Rancourt is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Brocken Spectre (Alice James Books, 2021) and Novena (Pleiades Press, 2017), as well as a chapbook, In the Time of PrEP (Beloit Poetry Journal, 2018).


Rebecca Dobkins is Professor and Chair of Anthropology and American Ethnic Studies at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where she has taught since 1996.  She also serves as curator of Indigenous art at the Hallie Ford Museum of art at WU, where she is responsible for the care and exhibition of the permanent collection of Native American art as well as for temporary exhibitions of contemporary Indigenous art


Ryder Cooley is an interdisciplinary artist/musician based in New York. Weaving together chimeric visions with songs, movement and imagery, she creates cinematic performances and artworks. Ryder holds an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic, an MA from SUNYAlbany and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.


Sarah E. Jenkins (she/they) is a queer multidisciplinary artist from northern Appalachia, living and working in Boston, MA. They work primarily in stop motion animation, drawing and social practice. Her work is inspired by post-industrial stories and places, coal and natural resource extraction, and experimental animation processes.

We hope you will join us for this event and help us continue to host creatives like Chris, Jacques, Rebecca, Ryder and Sarah at the Sitka Center.  

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