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Readings for NOW: Oregon Institute for Creative Research
August 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Readings are now available on the OICR site. Please download and come prepared to discuss. OICR is also offering a $250 prize for whomever locates an extremely rare book! Will it be you!?
About the Oregon Institute for Creative Research
The Oregon Institute for Creative Research, a 501(c)(3), is a platform for envisioning, generating, and developing new models for research and critique, art and social justice, representation and verification; a school in which students and researchers work on major questions of pressing concern and global import in terms of junctures and intersections (Ethics, Æsthetics, Ecology, Education); and a project incubator for actuating optimal futures in the face of massive global change, political polarization, and environmental catastrophe. Towards this end, OICR fosters the work of thinkers and makers devoted to tackling social, psychological, and ecological problems in new and innovative ways—scholars, theorists, researchers, lawyers, journalists, documentarians, social-justice advocates, artists, writers, and poets. Each year, members of a select and highly diverse cohort of students and researchers are chosen to work with OICR faculty and research associates on projects possessing direct relevance and applicability for rethinking major sites of contemporary contestation in the 21st century, from the threatened disappearance of politics to the rise and fall of social media; from biotechnology to the posthuman; from war, revolution, and political terror to surveillance; from the question of visuality to the art of the question, with special attention paid to the role played by aesthetics in these developments. OICR sponsors cutting-edge initiatives that meld theory and practice, insisting on the reunification of all fields of knowledge with the ultimate goal of the resacralization of Earth and everything in it. Its projects include Over These Prison Walls, the award-winning art-and-justice project begun in 2008; M.A.P. (Millennial Agriculture Projects), a mobile kitchen devoted to post-slaughterhouse agricultural outreach that will traverse the entirety of the Continental U.S.A., one town at a time, introducing citizens to non-GMO plant-based proteins, and Missing H, a democracy-school initiative that, as part of OICR’s emphasis on new journalism and new documentary, will train groups of citizen journalists across the country in research design and methods, fact-checking, documentation, and other means of distinguishing the real and the fake, with workshops led by professionals drawn from the ranks of major publications and research-driven organizations across the country.