Due to illness, Tracy Prince is unable to present her program, “Uniquely Oregon: Native American Art of Oregon,” at the Lincoln County Historical Society Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. In her place David Sumner will present “Brother Against Brother: Pragmatism, Civility and the Civil War.” The Oregon Humanities program is free and open to the public.
Sumner will discuss how the Civil War changed the way Americans approached disagreement and fostered the birth of the one major American contribution to philosophy: pragmatism. How can the lessons of this national crisis inform the ways we conduct our current debates?
Sumner is an associate professor of English at Linfield College where he teaches courses in American literature, philosophy and literature, and rhetoric. Sumner has published in a variety of newspapers, literary journals, and books including a series of interviews with contemporary nature writers such as Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez, and David Quammen.
Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future.
Following the program at about 3:30 p.m., a reception for Steve Wyatt, new executive director for the Society, will be held. The public is invited to meet or say hello again to Wyatt.
For more information about this program or the reception for Wyatt, please call 541-265-7509.