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TED Talk Screening & Discussion – Wednesday May 3, 12 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on April 28th, 2017

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Take “the Other” to Lunch by Elizabeth Lesser

There’s an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible.

Elizabeth Lesser explores the two sides of human nature within us (call them “the mystic” and “the warrior”) that can be harnessed to elevate the way we treat each other.

She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue — by going to lunch with someone who doesn’t agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what’s really in their hearts.

Day & Time: Wednesday May 3, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Sarah Brown

TED Talk Screening & Discussion – Wednesday May 17, 12:00 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on April 28th, 2017


Everyone is Trans by Ian Harvie

In this talk, Ian leads us through a provocative exercise, exposing deeply interconnected vulnerabilities around our self-conceptions of gender as they relate to our sexuality.

We all have things we would change about ourselves if we could, don’t we? And many of those things correspond to desires to feel more feminine or masculine, don’t they?

What happens when we allow ourselves to really see the motivations behind such desires? Ian invites us into a mental/emotional space that has the capacity to reveal, surprise, comfort, and unite.

A native Mainer now living in Los Angeles, Ian was the first transgender (female-to-male) standup comic in the country.

He began his career in the Portland, Maine, comedy scene more than 13 years ago and has been breaking new ground ever since. You may have seen him co-starring as “Dale” on the Golden Globe and People’s Choice Award-winning TV series TRANSPARENT; on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore; or on CNN’s Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin.

In 2014, with friend and executive producer Margaret Cho, Ian unveiled his first standup comedy special, IAN HARVIE SUPERHERO, which was filmed live at Portland State Company.

The film screened at over 25 film festivals worldwide and won several awards. Ian’s unique approach queers the traditionally macho, sex-obsessed world of standup in ways you won’t believe, proving that laughter cuts across all gender identities and ultimately unites us all.

Day & Time: Wednesday May 17, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Sarah Brown

Poem in Your Pocket and Open Mic Night – Thursday, April 27

Posted by Michael Gorzka on April 26th, 2017

poem in pocketToday is Poem in your Pocket Day!

Step 1:

Carry a poem in your pocket

Step 2:

Proudly wear your poem in your pocket sticker
(available at Curtis and downtown businesses)

Step 3:

Read / recite your poem if someone asks to hear it! Ask others to share!

Then join us tonight for Open Mic Night + Reading
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

featuring local poets

Day & Time for Open Mic: Thursday, April 27, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Sarah Brown sbrown @