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Oregon Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization that brings people together to talk, listen, and learn together, is looking for people to facilitate community discussions around Oregon over the next two years as Conversation Project leaders. Applications will be accepted through November 7, 2019.

The Conversation Project is a ten-year-old program that presents facilitated discussions on a wide range of topics in partnership with libraries, businesses, churches, governments, and other organizations around the state. Since 2009, Oregon Humanities has presented more than 2,000 programs, reaching every county in the state, with more than 50,000 people participating.

Conversation Project leaders are paid to develop and facilitate these discussions. They do not have to have facilitation experience, as training is provided by Oregon Humanities. Most Conversation Project leaders facilitate between three and ten programs per year.

“Leading a Conversation Project is one of the most fulfilling activities in my life,” said Kelly McElroy, a librarian at Oregon State University who has facilitated 32 conversations on news and media since 2017. “Oregon Humanities has helped me become a kinder, braver, and more intentional facilitator. Also, I’ve gotten to go places around the state I’ve never been to, even after living most of my life here.”

People who apply to be Conversation Project leaders should have a general idea of the topic or topics they would like to get Oregonians talking about, but they do not need to have a fully developed plan. This year, Oregon Humanities is particularly interested in applications from people who are from or live in rural communities and people who speak Spanish.

Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about our programs and publications—which include the Conversation Project, Bridging Oregon, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine—can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Oregonians interested in being Conversation Project leaders should visit oregonhumanities.org to learn more about the program and complete an online application. Mikaela Schey, who coordinates the Conversation Project, is available to answer questions at 503-241-0543, extension 110, or m.schey@oregonhumanities.org. Applications are due November 7, 2019.

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