In our polarized society we seem to agree about at least one thing: we are concerned about the future. Our cities, towns, habitats, and rivers are changing, and what they are becoming often doesn’t look good. Because we rarely talk openly about the emotions we experience about the future, these fears often remain unexamined. By talking about the future, we can begin to empathize with one another and see the shared origins of different political and personal convictions.
Portland State University instructor David Osborn leads a discussion about our emotional responses to the future. The conversation may be about the future in general or focus on a specific issue of a host’s choosing, such as climate change, housing affordability, immigration, or globalization.
Funded project of Oregon Humanities. Oregon Humanities is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.