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CCCHD Co-hosts Conversation Project

On Tuesday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m.  CCCHD will co host a Conversation Project with the  St. Helens Public Library.

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon

A Conversation led by

Manuel Padilla

An Oregon Humanities Project Program

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. In this conversation, Manuel Padilla, who has worked with refugees in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, asks participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities.


Manuel Padilla has a BA in philosophy from Portland State University and an MA in peace, conflict, and development studies from the UNESCO Chair for the Philosophy of Peace. He 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. His professional interest is rooted in his deep spiritual desire to use group processes and dialogue to foster cultures of encounter and vulnerability to transform conflict and build civil society. An Oregon native, he is happy to be back, rediscovering roots and enjoying all life has to offer here.

What is the Conversation Project?

The Conversation Project offers Oregon non-profits free, humanities-based public discussion programs about provocative issues and ideas. In the first four years of the program, more than 170 nonprofits across the state hosted almost 400 Conversation Project programs as stand-alone events, parts of a series, and supplements to their regular programming. Programs last sixty to ninety minutes and engage participants in thoughtful and inspiring discussions that are designed to improve understanding of diverse perspectives on a given subject. All discussions are led by humanities experts who have been trained as conversation facilitators, connect the subject to participants’ experiences and to the local community, and model critical thinking without advocating a particular political agenda.

 Oregon Humanities

Stroud’s program is made possible by funding from Oregon Humanities, which 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.