Lunch & Learn Conversation to Focus on Prisons

The third in a series of free Lunch & Learn Conversations that engage people in thoughtful, challenging discussions about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future continues in December with “Beyond Bars: Rethinking Our Reliance on Prisons.”

Walidah Imarisha, a founder of the Human Rights Coalition, will lead the Dec. 5 event and will guide the conversation around a number of questions, including:

  • What role do prisons serve in our country?
  • Is it possible to envision a world where people are safe and secure, and where there is accountability without prisons?
  • Does our prison system, in some cases, actually cause, rather than reduce, crime?

Lunch & Learn Conversations are sponsored by Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversations Project, the MHCC Diversity Resource Center and MHCC’s Associated Student Government (ASG). Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Walidah Imarisha Walidah Imarisha

“This collaboration between MHCC and Oregon Humanities serves as a powerful opportunity to engage our instructors, students, families and neighbors in conversations that are typically found around the dinner table or water cooler,” says Melinda Bullen, coordinator of MHCC’s new Diversity Resource Center.

“Lunch & Learn Conversations are complex, interesting and part of our political landscape, locally and nationally. They create a framework for issues, managed by an expert on the topic, which ultimately helps us all communicate better and helps further develop our own ideas,” says Bullen.

All Lunch & Learn Conversations are open to the public and are held noon - 1:30 p.m. in the Jazz Café, Room AC2059 on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Parking is free on all MHCC campuses, no permit required.

For more information on Lunch & Learn Conversations, please contact Melinda Bullen, MHCC Diversity Resource Center coordinator, 503-491-7171 or

People requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the disability services office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Please call at least two weeks prior to the event.

For more information, media professionals may contact the Office of College Advancement at 503-491-7204 or

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