Showing Up in These Strange Times: A Conversation with Wendy Willis
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 5:30pm to Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 7:30pm
Showing Up in These Strange Times: A Conversation with Wendy Willis


Please join us for a conversation with Wendy Willis, founder and director of Oregon's Kitchen Table in the Hatfield School of Government, about her new book, These are Strange Times, My Dear. In these pointed and wide-ranging essays, Wendy Willis explores everything from personal resistance to the rise of political podcasts, civic loneliness to the exploitation of personal data, public outrage to the opioid crisis—all with a poet’s gift for finding the sacred in the mundane, a hope in the dark.

One of the country’s sharpest observers of politics, art, and the American spirit, Willis returns often to the demanding question posed by Czech writer, activist, and politician Václav Havel: What does it mean to live in truth? Her view is honed by her place as a poet, as a mother, and, when necessary, as an activist for democracy itself. Together, the essays in These Are Strange Times, My Dear work within that largely unmapped place where the heartbreaks and uncertainties of one’s inner life brush up against the cruelties and responsibilities of politics and government and our daily lives.

Wendy Willis is the is the Founder and Director of Oregon’s Kitchen Table, a program of the National Policy Consensus Center in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University and the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, a global network of organizations and leading scholars working in the field of deliberation and public engagement. Her most recent book of essays, These are Strange Times, My Dear, was released in February. Her last book of poems, A Long Late Pledge, was a finalist for the 2019 Oregon Book Award.

Wendy's book of essays will be available for sale before and after the event. We hope to see you there!

Urban Center Parsons Gallery
506 SW Mill Street, 2nd Floor