OrHum Conversation Project


My Conversation Project for Oregon Humanities, a NEH-funded program, focuses on the increasingly worrisome issue of our local seafood. Oregonians love the wild beauty of our 363 miles of coastline, but finding truly local seafood can be hard, even on the coast. The US imports approximately 90 percent of its seafood and ships out nearly as much to the global market. Why aren’t we eating more local seafood, now that preserving and distribution technologies are the most sophisticated they have ever been? Why do we consider seafood more a delicacy now than it has been in the past? In this conversation, I help participants explore our relationship with the products of the sea and cultural traditions involving fishing, eating seafood, and understanding the ocean’s bounty and challenges.

The “Fish Tales” program debuted in 2016, and has been one of the top CPs of the year for Oregon Humanities. In 2017, I moderated discussions in 22 communities in the state. I’m now booking for spring of 2018. For inquiries, please email me at wellsuited at gmail dot com.

Schedule (for details for each date, see Oregon Humanities’ calendar):


1/10/18     Eugene Public Library

1/11/18     Straub Environmental Center, Salem

1/12/18     North Bend Public Library


1/19/17 Port Orford / SWOCC
1/20/17 Coos History Museum
2/8/17 Brookings Library
2/16/17 Seaside Library
2/25/17 Bandon Library
3/15/17 Florence Library
3/16/17 Eugene / UO Mus. of Natural and Cultural History
4/11/17 Pacific City Library
4/12/17 Astoria Library
4/29/17 Tillamook Special Event: Pioneer Mus/Watershed
5/6/17 Hood River Library
5/8/17 Oregon City / Clackamas Community College
5/18/17 Corvallis / OSU Center for the Humanities
6/10/17 Gold Beach Library
6/15/17 Newport / Guin Library, Hatfield Marine Ctr.
6/28/17 Langlois Library
7/10/17 Cottage Grove Library
7/11/17 Bend / High Desert Museum
7/13/17 Charleston / Marine Life Ctr., Seven Devils Pub
8/23/17 Hood River Museum



Roseburg / NeighborWorks Umpqua

Brookings / Otterbees Farm & Market

Waldport Library


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