All Upcoming Events

June 2024

June 2nd, 2024 3:00pm - 5:30pm
In Conversation Event with Elizabeth Mehren - author of I Lived to Tell the World

Author Elizabeth Mehren offers a timely and vital conversation about her new book I Lived to Tell the World: Stories from the Holocaust, Genocide, and the Atrocities of War with two time Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Richard Read.

As Americans increasingly question how each of us fits into our nation's cultural tapestry, I Lived to Tell the World presents thirteen inspiring profiles of refugees who have settled in Oregon. They come from Rwanda, Myanmar, Bosnia, Syria, and more-different stories, different conflicts, but similar paths through loss and violence to a new, not always easy, life in the United States. The in-depth profiles are drawn from hours of interviews and oral histories; journalist Elizabeth Mehren worked collaboratively with the survivors to honor the complexity of their experiences and to ensure that the stories are told with, and not just about, them. Mehren also weaves in historical, cultural, and political context alongside these personal stories of resilience.

In the face of global cruelty and hatred, the courage and fortitude of these individuals illuminate the darkness. Their stories inspire readers to reflect on their own experiences and to view newcomers to America with renewed respect. As more states adopt Holocaust and genocide education curricula and as issues around refugees, immigration, and racial justice gain attention, I Lived to Tell the World highlights the purposeful lives led by these Oregonians despite their painful pasts. Their experiences not only humanize the atrocities often seen in headlines, but also convey a universal message of hope.

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Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, 93 Pike St #307, Seattle, WA 98101

June 25th, 2024 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Book Talk - Punjabi Rebels of the Columbia River: The Global Fight for Indian Independence and Citizenship

A conversation with author Johanna Ogden and Dr. Katy Barber.

Oregon is commonly perceived to have little, let alone notable, South Asian history. Yet in the early 1900s, Oregon was at the center of two entwined quests for Indian independence and civic belonging that rocked the world. Punjabi Rebels of the Columbia River traces the stories of the radical Indian independence organization known as Ghadar and Bhagat Singh Thind’s era-defining U.S. Supreme Court citizenship case. Ghadar sought the overthrow of India’s British colonizers while Thind utilized sanctioned legal channels to do so. Despite widely differing strategies, both Ghadar and Thind were targeted, often in coordination, by the highest levels of the U.S. and British governments. The empires’ united message: India would not be an independent country and Indians could not be citizens. In the decades that followed, it was a verdict Indians refused to abide.

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Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

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