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“What do you do? Work and Worth in America” - an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project at PCS

Posted by Kelsey Tyler | 16 October 2014

Adam Davis, Executive Director of Oregon Humanities

"What Do You Do? Work and Worth in America"

12:30 p.m. on November 9 in the Studio Lobby

A FREE discussion about the meaning of work in America as part of Oregon Humanities statewide Conversation Project and in support of our production of The Typographer's Dream.

Americans work a lot: according to Federal Reserve Economic Data, the average full-time American employee works about 1,700 hours per year, as compared with 1,500 in France and 1,400 in Germany. Often in America, introductions begin with the question, "And what do you do?"  We lead with our work. In doing so, we suggest that what we do for work says a lot about who we are, or even is who we are.

This is the focus of "What Do You Do? Work and Worth in America," a free conversation with Adam Davis on Sunday, November 9 at 12:30 p.m. The conversation will be held directly before the 2 p.m. matinee of The Typographer's Dream in the Studio Lobby of Portland Center Stage in the Gerding Theater at the Armory.

Davis is the executive director of Oregon Humanities and the editor of Taking Action, Hearing the Call across Traditions, and co-editor of The Civically Engaged Reader. Davis has taught classes and led workshops on the meaning of work. He has worked as a laborer in residential construction, a backcountry trail crew leader, a waiter, a burrito vendor, a teacher, a counselor, and a nonprofit administrator.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. This program is made possible by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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