Public Affairs & Moderating

I’m a frequent panelist, interviewer, moderator and commentator for civic, education and arts and cultural organizations for discussions around global affairs, education, democracy, sustainability, jazz, community-building, and arts and cultural equity, including programs live and on the air for Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon Humanities, Wordstock, Portland Art Museum, Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Pacific NW College of Art/Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland Center Stage, The Portland Jazz Festival, LiveWire Radio, the Multnomah County Library, and Coalition for Livable Future. Here’s a sampling.

2015. Keynote. Northwest Model UN: “Ideas, Culture, and the Pattern that Connects.” Address challenging students to be aware how much perspective is shaped by environment and culture and the role of soft power as a springboard for mutual understanding influencing concepts of international governance. Portland Waterfront Marriott. February 15.

2015. Participant. OPB’s State of Wonder. Discussion about the state of jazz: past, present and future, in conjunction with the 2015 Portland Jazz Festival, also featuring bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Chris Brown with host, April Baer. Live in the studio, Oregon Public Broadcasting. February 1. 4

2013. Moderator. Oregon Humanities’ Think and Drink: “How to Love America.” Discussion of democratization and cultural diplomacy, featuring Olga Oliker of the RAND Corporation and Bruce Gilley of Portland State University. Mission Theater. July 17.

2013. Interviewer. Portland Jazz Festival—Jazz Conversation: Steve Kuhn. Conversation with pianist Steve Kuhn, in conjunction with 2013 Portland Jazz Festival. Portland Center for the Performing Arts February 25. Listen to it 

2012. Interviewer. Live, in the studio program with Tirtha (pianist Vijay Iyer; guitarist Prasanna; Nitin Mitta, tabla) for OPB Arts & Life, in conjunction with the 2012 Portland Jazz Festival.  Oregon Public Broadcasting. February 24.

2012.Interviewer. Jazz Conversation: Enrico Rava, conversation with the Italian jazz trumpeter, in conjunction with the 2012 Portland Jazz Festival. Portland Center for the Performing Arts. February 18.

2012. Artist Talk. “The ABC of PAM,” a look at the work, legacy and “quiet influence” of Anna B. Crocker,  the Portland Art Museum’s curator and director from 1909–1936 and the notion of art space as civic space. Artist Talk and Happy Hour, Portland Art Museum. February 9

2011. Interviewer. Jerry Aronson: Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg. Wordstock Festival, Portland. October 8.

2011. Moderator. Leaks, Tweets and Deletes: Intellectual Freedom in a Digital World. David Wolman,  contributing editor at Wired magazine; Jeff Golden, political activist, radio personality, politician and author; Peter Laufer, James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon. Sponsored by Multnomah County Library, ACLU Oregon, and City Club of Portland. Central Library, Portland, October 1.

2011. Moderator. Panel sponsored by Oregon Nikkei Endowment,  in conjunction with kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa with Hapa and Critical Mixed Race Studies scholars and artists Emily Momohara, Laura Kina, and Dmae Roberts. University of Oregon (White Stag Building), Portland. August 4.

2011. Moderator, “Sustainability: Best Practices in Doing Good,” panel with Jennifer Freitas, Clif Bar; Scott Hamlin, Loop’t Works; Lisa Sedlar, New Seasons, Companies That Care Symposium, Portland, OR, May 12.

2010. Moderator. Panel discussion in conjunction with the opening of the Oregon Nikkei Endowment’s Taken: FBI, which looked at the illegal internment of Japanese-Americans directly following Pearl Harbor. With  Dr. Tetsuden Kashima, the University of Washington; Oregon Supreme Court Justice W. Michael Gillette; and Yone Hara, Yoji Matsushima and Homer Yasui. University of Oregon (White Stag Building), Portland, December 7.

2010. Moderator. Public Art Today: A Panel Discussion (with Tad Savinar, an artist, playwright, and urban planner; Harrell Fletcher, chair of Art and Social Practice program at Portland State University; and Sandra Percival, executive director of YU). Portland Art Museum, Portland, November 21.

2010. Moderator-organizer. War: What is it Good For? Panel discussion, in conjunction with stage production of An Iliad, sponsored by Portland Center Stage and Oregon Humanities exploring “the art of war”  and the work of art as a tool for understanding war and its aftermath. With Barry Sanders (author of The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism); writer and “army-wife” Sarah Gilbert; Reed Classics professor Nigel Nicholson; and writer Kirsten Rian. Ellyn Bye Studio Theater, Gerding Theater at the Armory, Portland. November 7

2010. Co-Presenter, “Arts Education and Community Advocacy: Building a 3-Story House,” Oregon Arts Education Congress. Portland, OR, November 6.

2010. Interviewer. Conversation with visiting artist and Caldera Laboratories resident Guillermo E. Brown about intermedia art, jazz, and collaboration across aesthetic boundaries. Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland. October 14.

2010. Interviewer. The Pleasures of Good Photographs with Gerry Badger, conversation with critic-photographer Badger about his latest book Sponsored by Blue Sky Gallery and presented in partnership with the Photography Council of the Portland Art Museum, Portland. October 13.

2010. Keynote Speaker—Delivered talk on cultural investment and liberal education for Leader Connect Lunch: Student Activities and Leadership Programs. Portland State University. October 13.

2010. Moderator. From the Front Lines— panel discussion on writing about war and understanding its aftermath with Matt Bors, Tatjana Soli, and Kilong Ung, as part of the  Wordstock Festival, Portland. October 9

2010. Moderator-Organizer. Left Behind or Out in Front? What is the purpose of a Public Education? Panel discussion with Scott Fletcher, dean of Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling; Joyce Braden Harris, director of the Equity Program at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory; and David Wynde, Public Public Schools Board-member and manager of community relations for U.S. Bank. Sponsored by City Club of Portland. North Portland Library,  Portland. October 2.

2010. Moderator. Home and A Way: International Writing Today, roundtable discussion with five visiting writers, Maxine Case, South Africa; Laura Fish, England; Eduardo Halfon, Guatemala; Farangis Siahpoor, Iran; Tang Ling, China. Sponsored by PNCA, PSU and the World Affairs Council of Oregon. Portland State University, September 30.

2010. Keynote. “Reciprocity: on the role of culture as a springboard for reciprocity, mutual understanding and global citizenship.” New Communicators Festival. Nemo HQ, Portland, September 15.

2010. Panelist, Driving Oregon’s New Economy, “A Conversation with Senator Ron Wyden and Panel: David Chen, Elisa Dozono, Tim DuRoche & John Friess,” The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, Portland, OR August 25.

2010. Moderator. A Conversation about Making Sense of Place | Portland: Quest for the Livable City with Metro Commissioner Robert Liberty; Kate Allen, Housing Policy Manager, City of Portland; Lisa Bates, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University. Living Room Theaters, Portland, April 10.

2009. Moderator, “New Media, Old Media and the Future of Investigative Journalism: A Panel Discussion” (with OPB’s April Baer, Stephen Engelberg of ProPublica, David Sarasohn of the Oregonian and Al Stavitsky, University Oregon’s Turnbull Center) for Banned Books Week at Multnomah County Central Library, Portland. October 3.

2009. Presenter-Organizer, “Arts & Culture And Civic Ecology: A Conversation On Cities & Towns,” panel with Mayor Jack Lorts or Fossil, OR; Jennifer Allen, Oregon Humanities at Oregon Civic Engagement Conference: Connecting the dots. . .linking ideas with action, Williamette University, Salem, OR, October 2.

2009 Facilitator/Discussion leader, “Arts as a springboard for the social imagination and a catalyst for action around the Three E’s (Economy, Education and the Environment),” at  Activate Oregon—Youth Summit (a project of Oregon150 & Project 2059), Willamette University, Salem, OR, August 7 & 8.

2009. Interviewer, “A Place for Books, A Space for People: A conversation about libraries with Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County Library Director,” Gerding Theater at the Armory, Portland, June 30.

2009. Presenter, “Theater’s Double Helix: Green Building and Sustainable Community Engagement,” Earth Matters On Stage Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, May 30.

2009. Panelist,  ”Northwest Theatre Town Hall on Place/Community/Theatre” at Earth Matters On Stage Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, May 30.

2009. Moderator, “Creative Grid: Building Community Through Collaboration,” panel discussion featuring: Victoria Frey, Executive Director, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA); Linda K. Johnson, Artist, Educator & Founder of the South Waterfront Artist in Residence Program; Elizabeth Leach, Owner, Elizabeth Leach Gallery; Tom Manley, President, Pacific Northwest College of Art. Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, April 30.

2009. Panel organizer, Stone Soup: Engaging Culture, the Arts and Civic Collaboration, “A roundtable discussion with Barbara Schaffer Bacon of Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy Initiative, Gerding Theater at the Armory, Portland, OR, April 29.

2009. Panelist, “Shelter: A public discussion on sustainable housing and public architecture,” with Paul Collins, author, PSU assistant professor of English; John W. Haines, executive director of Mercy Corps Northwest; and Ethan Seltzer, professor and director of PSU’s Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, sponsored by the Humanities Sustainability Research Project, an initiative of the Portland Center for Public Humanities at Portland State University. Portland, OR, April 28

2009. Moderator, “Redefining a Museum’s Role: A Cultural and Educational Resource,” panel discussion featuring: Nan Curtis, PNCA Faculty, Multidisciplinary Artist and Independent Curator; Christina Olsen, Director of Education and Public Programs, the Portland Art Museum; Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College; Linda Tesner, Director, The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College.; Namita Wiggers, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft. Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, April 23.

2009. Moderator, “Strengthening the Curriculum,” panel discussion featuring: PNCA faculty members Rose Bond, Associate Professor, currently teaching in Time Arts and Moving Image Arts; Paul Missal, Professor, currently teaching in Observational Painting, Painting Techniques of the Old Masters; Victor Maldonado, Instructor, currently teaching in Theory & Practice: Art in Context, Professional Practices, Composition; and Bill Barrett, Executive Director of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR,  April 16

2009. Moderator, “The Changing Dynamics of Craft and Design,” panel discussion featuring: Andrew Wagner, Editor in Chief, American Craft magazine; Namita Gupta Wiggers, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft; JP Reuer, Chair of the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program, offered jointly by Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) and Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA); and Karl Burkheimer, OCAC Wood Department Head. Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, April 9.

Listen to the podcasts of the whole PNCA/Museum of Contemporary Craft Community Conversations series.

Interviewer. I AM A VERB: A Conversation with Allegra Fuller Snyder.  Allegra Fuller Snyder (UCLA Professor Emerita of Dance and Dance Ethnology, Founder and board chair of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, and Bucky’s only living child) and D.W. Jacobs (director/playwright of R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE) discuss the impact and life of Buckminster Fuller.  Watch the video.