Our panelists explore complex questions by sharing personal, family and community experiences. The conversation also considers how communities preserve knowledge of the past and construct “community memory”.
* Jeff Tan, Undergraduate OTT member.
*Kennie Namba. Kennie and his family were interned at the Minidoka Internment Camp (where he met his wife Ruth). He is a distinguished veteran of the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team, and recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
*Alice Resseguie lived under National Socialist rule from the age of 12 to 15 (1933-1936) until her family emigrated to the United States.
*David Lewis is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, and the Director of the Southwest Oregon Research Project (SWORP).
*Bob Garcia, Blue Earth Federation Corporation, Economic Development Director and Chairman, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. Three Rivers Casino and Hotel.
*Pastor Emmanuel Sitaki Kayinamura is a survivor of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.
*Kaila LaMarche is the Complex Director of the Hamilton Residence Complex and a professional staff mentor to the Hamilton Think Tank. In 1998 Kaila participated in the “March of the Living” as a delegate with the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO).
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 Oregon 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.