(Ashland, Ore.) – Play history detective alongside NPR correspondent Tom Banse as he retells the tale of a star-crossed campaign to repatriate the remains of pioneer Chinese immigrants in Oregon. Banse’s noon lecture and slideshow, “Unfinished Journey: A treasure box of documents and a long trip home” will be presented at Hannon Library on the Southern Oregon University Ashland campus on Feb. 15 in the Meese Meeting Room. This free event is co-sponsored by the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association in advance of their Feb. 16th Chinese New Year celebration in Jacksonville.
You’ll hear about emptied graves, embezzlement, restless souls, and a collision between age-old traditions and inopportune civil war. The story behind the making of an award-winning NPR radio feature also includes a mysterious anonymous source, photos of remote Northwest locations, and tips for doing your own research.
Based in Olympia, WA, Tom Banse covers a wide variety of news across the Northwest for National Public Radio, with stories heard on “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” and locally on Jefferson Public Radio. His exploration of the Chinese immigration to the American West began with a chance donation to his network of long-lost archival documents. For further information on this free noon lecture, contact Hannon Library at (541) 552-6823 or visit <Hanlib.SOU.edu>.
(Ashland, Ore.) – Hannon Library presents author Tony Platt on Tuesday, November 1st at 4 PM in the Meese Meeting Room on the SOU Ashland campus. Platt will be joined by OSF actors Robynn Rodriquez and Derrick Lee Weeden in readings from his new book “Grave Matters.” The bitter legacies of archaeology and the politics of reparations are examined in the book, which focuses on the Big Lagoon, an historic Yurok site on the northern California coast, while illuminating larger issues. This free presentation explores the origins and consequences of the looting of native graves and the story of the Northwest Indian Cemetery Protection Association.
Tony Platt is the author of ten books and 150 articles dealing with issues of race, inequality, and social justice in American history. This deeply researched history is written in an accessible style that combines cultural critique with first-person narrative. Howard Zinn has praised his work as a “fascinating excursion into history, full of provocative insights about the culture of remembering.” Platt is professor emeritus after teaching at the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, and CSU Sacramento. Platt also consulted on David Edgar’s 2-play epic “Continental Divide” commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The author will sign copies of “Grave Matters” after this free presentation. For more information contact Hannon Library at (541) 552-6835 or Anna Beauchamp firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 552-6823