McCall Society Speaker Series

Toward One Oregon: Bridging Oregon's Urban and Rural Divide

A Community Conversation Led By Professors Ethan Seltzer & Michael Hibbard

1000 Friends of Oregon is pleased to partner with The Environmental Center and Oregon Humanities to bring a Conversation Project event to Bend. 

When: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Where: The Environmental Center's Audubon Room, 16 NW Kansas St., Bend. Click here for directions.

Cost: Free and open to the public. 

RSVP: Please click here to RSVP, or contact Amanda Caffall, or 503-497-1000 x137. 

About: Every state has a legacy of truths—stories residents tell to explain why things are how they are. When those truths conflict, as they inevitably do, the result is political, social, and cultural tension.

In Oregon, tensions manifest themselves as wet versus dry, the valley versus the east side, and, perhaps most fundamental, urban versus rural. Our state’s conflicting truths can bedevil and sometimes paralyze us despite our shared state borders and public processes. The aim of this conversation is to explore and imagine what unifies Oregon.

About our conversation leaders:

‚ÄčEthan Seltzer is a professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University. He was the founding director of PSU’s Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies. Before joining PSU, he was a land use supervisor for Metro, served as an assistant to Portland City Commissioner Mike Lindberg, was the assistant director for the Southeast Uplift Neighborhood program in Portland, and created and directed a statewide coalition dedicated to improving drinking water quality monitoring and protection throughout Oregon. His writing has appeared on the editorial page of the Oregonian and was included in the celebration of Oregon’s 150th anniversary of statehood. He has been a resident of the Portland metropolitan area since 1980 and has served as president of the City of Portland Planning Commission, the 40 Mile Loop Land Trust, the Oregon Environmental Council, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.


Michael Hibbard is a professor emeritus in the Department of Planning, Public Policy & Management at the University of Oregon. He is also a participating faculty member in the UO’s environmental studies, international studies, and historic preservation programs. His research focuses on community and regional development, with a special interest in the social impacts of economic change on small towns, indigenous communities, and rural regions, both in the United States and internationally. He has published and consulted widely on those issues. Hibbard has also served as president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and ACSP’s Global
Planning Educators Interest Group; as editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research; and as United States representative on the steering committee that organized the first World Planning Schools Congress in Shanghai, in 2001. Before entering academia full-time he worked for more than ten years in rural community and regional development.

For more on Oregon Humanities' Conversation Project program, click here. For more on The Environmental Center, click here.



Event Date: 
Thu, 05/29/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm