Refugees in Oregon- Padilla


The October 24, 2017 event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project.


Ontario OR September 22, 2017-Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics, and climate change.  Oregonians have and will continue to see the results of international migration in our neighborhoods.  How might we build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities?


This is the focus of “The Space Between Us:  Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon,” a free conversation with Manuel Padilla on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 SW Fifth Ave, Ontario, OR 97914.  This program is hosted by Oregon Rural Action and Four Rivers Cultural Center and is sponsored by Oregon Humanities.


Padilla has done peace work in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, working with internally displaced people, immigrants, and refugees.  Currently, he implements reconciliation workshops in refugee contexts with the Jesuit Refugee Service, works with youth through restorative justice frameworks, and volunteers with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Circles of Support and Accountability program.


Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future.  For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Oregon Rural Action at 541-975-2411 or .


Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.  More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.