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Marys River Grange

Marys River Grange in Philomath will host a free discussion on Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m., entitled “Won’t You Be My Neighbor? How Relationships Affect the Places We Live."

An event that is part of the Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project, the conversation will feature Jen Mitas. Marys River Grange No. 685 serves as the program's host.

According to a press release on the event, studies show that neighbors interact much less than in previous decades, which has been theorized as a kind of side effect of modern life and the result of technology, limits on attention, and in some instances, differences in cultural concepts of what it means to be neighborly.

Mitas is a grant writer and performance producer who is passionate about supporting socially engaged theater and art through her consulting business, Cone PDX. From 2002-12, she lived in the United Kingdom where she completed a doctorate in performance studies at the University of London where she was also a lecturer.

Upon her return to the United States, she was the executive director of Portland theater company, Hand2Mouth (H2M), where she helped found an arts and event space and establish H2M as a community engaged theater company in the region.

Mitas grew up in a small, rural intentional Oregon community in Dallas and has lived in over 40 different places in her adult life. Now, she is settled with her family in a neighborhood in Portland’s East outer ring, investigating life on the margins and what it means to be a good neighbor.

Oregon Humanities, which states that it connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities, is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Marys River Grange Hall is located at 24707 Grange Hall Road.

For more details on the speaker, go to jenmitas.com. For more information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Bridging Oregon, Public Program Grants and Oregon Humanities magazine, go online to oregonhumanities.org.

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