Ticket sales for this show have been suspended.This show is transitioning to an online event. More details will be announced very soon. Thanks for your patience and understanding.Oregon Humanities presents an onstage conversation with novelist and journalist Omar El Akkad, author of American War and What Strange Paradise. This program is part of Oregon Humanities’ series American Dreams, American Myths, American Hopes, and Akkad is a writer who has devoted considerable thought to all three. American War, his debut novel, takes place in a near-future nation riven by climate change and civil war, where shared ideals have given way to factional identities. His second novel, What Strange Paradise, explores the lives and desires of displaced people seeking safety. About Our Guest Omar El Akkad is an author and journalist. He was born in Egypt, grew up in Qatar, moved to Canada as a teenager and now lives in the United States. The start of his journalism career coincided with the start of the war on terror, and over the following decade he reported from Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and many other locations around the world. His work earned a National Newspaper Award for Investigative Journalism and the Goff Penny Award for young journalists.
Oregon Humanities presents an onstage conversation with comic book writer and filmmaker David F. Walker, cocreator of Naomi and Bitter Root, and pop culture critic Douglas Wolk, author of All the Marvels. This program is part of Oregon Humanities’ series American Dreams, American Myths, American Hopes, and we’ll discuss how comic books, and especially superhero comics, have embodied the hopes and dreams of many Americans and become a national mythology in their own right. Writer Courtenay Hameister will moderate the program. General Admission Price: $15 Conversation StarterPrice: $30 Ticket sales do not cover the full cost of presenting Consider This events. When you buy a Conversation Starter ticket, you help us keep ticket prices low for everyone. Oregon Humanities uses income from Consider This ticket sales to pay for venue rental and honoraria for our guests. Conversation Starter tickets convey no special benefits beyond good feelings and our gratitude. No CostTo make sure as many people as possible who want to attend are able to, we make a portion of tickets available at no cost. (More information below) If you’re able to pay for a ticket, we ask that you do so to help keep this program accessible to all. Please click the link below to register for no-cost tickets. Click here to register for no-cost tickets to Consider This. David F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, author, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. Walker is an adjunct professor at Portland State University. Douglas Wolk is a pop culture critic, teacher and writer, and the author of All of the Marvels, Reading Comics and 33 1/3: Live at the Apollo. Currently, he teaches at Portland State University and hosts the podcast Voice of Latveria. Courtenay Hameister is the former host and head writer for Live Wire Radio. Her debut book is Okay Fine Whatever. COVID SAFETY POLICY Proof of full COVID vaccination is required for entry. Ticket holders must have received their final dose of either the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson at least 14 days prior to event. A negative covid test will not be accepted for entry. Please get boosted if eligible. In accordance with state and local guidelines, face masks are required for entry. Masks must completely cover nose and mouth. Gaiters and bandanas are not acceptable. Please wear a high-filtration efficiency mask with a tight fit to the face, such as a KN95 or N95.Masks must be worn at all times except while actively eating or drinking. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted for eating or drinking—masks must be worn between bites and sips.Children ages 4 and under, for whom there is currently no vaccine available, are not permitted to attend. Ages 5 and up must provide proof of vaccination.Please do not attend the show if you are feeling sick in any way. We will exchange or reschedule your ticket.The mandate stipulates performers in live theater events are not required to be masked. In most cases, our performers will not be masked. Distancing may not be possible.This information is provided so each patron can make a well-informed decision based on their own personal comfort level. This policy is subject to change. Please check our website for the latest information.