Oregon Humanities Conversation Project
Toward One Oregon: Bridging Oregon’s Urban and Rural Communities by Michael Hibbard, Ethan Seltzer, and Bruce Weber.
Every state has a legacy of truths—stories residents tell to explain why things are how they are. When those truths conﬂict, as they inevitably do, the result is political, social, and cultural tension. In Oregon, tensions manifest themselves as wet versus dry, the valley versus the east side, and, perhaps most fundamental, urban versus rural. Our state’s conﬂicting truths can bedevil and sometimes paralyze us despite our shared state borders and public processes. The aim of this conversation is to explore and imagine what uniﬁes Oregon.
Michael Hibbard is a professor emeritus in the Department of Planning, Public Policy & Management at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on community and regional development.
Ethan Seltzer is a professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University. He was the founding director of PSU’s Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies.
Bruce Weber is a professor of agricultural and resource economics at Oregon State University and director of the OSU Rural Studies Program. He teaches courses on rural community economics and policy.