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Community Conversations

Community Conversations is an academic program that is one of the Living Learning Initiatives of University Housing in partnership with the Clark Honors College, the Humanities Center, and Undergraduate Studies. The goal of Community Conversations is to stimulate intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, contrarian debate, and articulate discourse among the 3,300+ residential students at the University of Oregon. 

The program fosters out-of-class interaction between faculty and students in informal settings within University residence halls. Panels of invited university faculty, community leaders, and fellow students examine timely and interesting topics that have been identified by two residential student groups, the Hamilton Think Tank (HTT) and the Walton Advisory Board (WAB).  Some of the topics considered in previous terms were:

  • “Capital Punishment: State Justice or State Murder?”
  • “Civil Liberties V. National Security: Wiretapping, The Patriot Act & the “War on Terror”
  • “The DaVinci Code: Art, Religion, and the “Truth”

Community Conversations: Schedule

FALL 2009


"Journey from the Nest" Campus Tour
Monday, September 28, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Assemble at Living-Learning Center Quad and depart for Deady Hall

Sexy Vampires, Torture Porn & Splatter Movies
Tuesday, October 20, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Earl Classroom 2

World Harmony - Music and Instruments from Around the Globe
Tuesday, October 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Museum of Natural & Cultural History

Health Care as a Universal Human Right
Monday, November 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Living-Learning Center Performance Hall

The Blind Community
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Bean West Conference Room

The Courthouse Uncovered  

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00-9:00 p.m.                                           

Wayne L Morse U.S. Courthouse, 405 East 8th Ave., Main Entrance

The Music & Movement of "The Lion of Zimbabwe"

Tuesday, November 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m.                                         

Living-Learning Center Performance Hall

Other Living Learning Initiatives

For more information regarding Residence Life academic programming, please contact:
Kevin D. Hatfield, PhD, Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives, University Housing
(541) 346-1977; kevhat@uoregon.edu