Join the Foundation and Eugene Public Library for a new virtual monthly event series featuring experts and enthusiasts from around the world speaking on topics of local, national and global interest.  Save the second Friday of each month (Sept 2020-June 2021) to engage with distinguished speakers connecting you to the ever-delightful quest for knowledge through inspiring lunch break conversations!

Speakers will lecture briefly, participate in a Q&A, and share resources for further reading as we gather and engage with each other.

All events are free and open to the public, and begin at 12pm. The Zoom room opens at 11:45am. Advanced registration required.

Upcoming Events (Past events are at the end with reading lists and videos, if available.)


In Conversation with: Dr. Lisa Price
The Biological and Cultural Construction of Race
September 11, 2020
Recommended Resource List (curated by Eugene Public Library)


Join us for an exploration of race as a biological and cultural construction. This discussion sheds new light on what race is, and will be interesting to those seeking additional context to understand the social movement, Black Lives Matter, that has gained strength and new allies over the course of the last few months.

Dr. Lisa Price, is a professor of anthropology at Oregon State University. Her background makes her uniquely qualified to share her expertise and insight on this topic. She regularly teaches a course at OSU on this same subject. Her international work includes consulting for scientific organizations and presenting at conferences on various aspects of diversity in education.

Dr. Price specializes in food systems, farming, food security, gender, agro-biodiversity, ethnobiology, and methodology development. Her research interests are primarily at the interface of human culture, specifically gender, and the food environment. Her geographic area of specialization is Mainland Southeast Asia, although her experience covers many countries in Asia and Africa as well as North America and the Pacific.