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Grace Lee Boggs Film/Chet Bowers on the Ecological Crisis

Dear Friends,
Below is a selection of upcoming events and workshops that are open to members of the community, although educators and counselors will also find these offerings have specific relevance to their professions. Please share these events with your friends and colleagues.
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Sunday, June 8, 6:30 p.m.
Join us to watch the award-winning documentary about the life of Grace Lee Boggs. Grace Lee Boggs is a 98 year-old Chinese-American philosopher, writer, and activist. Rooted in 75 years of the labor, civil rights, and Black Power movements, Boggs challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively, and redefine revolution for our times. The documentary film screening will be followed by a dialogue focused on how the film informs educational change-work in Detroit, and its relationship to Portland, place-based education, and work for educational change across the state of Oregon. Free and open to the public. Learn more.
Photo by Michael Falco

Preparing Citizens for the 21st Century Challenges of the Digital Revolution and the Ecological Crisis
Saturday, July 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chet Bowers, Ph.D.
This workshop is relevant for those working in helping professions such as education and counseling as well as for community members interested in finding proactive solutions to the technological, cultural, and environmental dilemmas facing our society. Participants will leave with conceptual strategies aimed at addressing these issues by focusing on:
  • Understanding that technologies (including digital technologies) are not culturally neutral “tools”
  • How computer-mediated thinking hides the ways language carries forward misconceptions from the past
  • Understanding the importance of local knowledge and skills that contribute to mutual support (the inter-generational cultural commons)
  • How digital culture alters relationships and personal identities, and
  • The nature of ecological intelligence being exercised in grass roots community-centered movements that represent alternatives to the free market ideology driving the digital revolution
$50 by 6/26, $75 after, includes 6 CEUs or PDUs. Learn more and register today.
The Center for Community Engagement offers classes, workshops, conferences and events for educators, counselors and therapists, writers and community members.
Graduate School of Education and Counseling
Center for Community Engagement
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
Portland Oregon 97219 USA

Portland Area Rethinking Schools has a 30+ year history of working to support public education and progressive reform in the schools. We are teachers, parents, students, community activists and teacher educators who believe excellent and equitable public schools are essential for all students to reach their potential and for the creation of a just and democratic society.