What is The People's Colloquium?The People's Colloquium is a 501(c)3 community-based nonprofit. We offer free education in the arts and humanities, including prose and poetry critique groups, academic discussion groups, academic lectures, and open mics for art, ideas, poetry, and prose.
At The People's Colloquium, participants are provided with opportunities to read, write, critique, be critiqued, speak, listen, debate, and learn – which is exactly what we believe a colloquium should be!
What is the Colloquium's mission?
- develop techniques for creative writing and public speaking
- increase knowledge in the arts and humanities
- prepare participants for future education and careers
- create meaningful and supportive communities
- save participants money on programs that would be costly elsewhere
Why raise donations?All our educational offerings are free and open to the public, and we believe that it's important they remain this way, but there are also costs associated with running a nonprofit and our various programs. Please see the sidebar to the left for further information about how we'll use the donations we receive.
What happens Monday nights?On Mondays, we offer academic discussions, academic lectures, and open mics for ideas and art. This takes the form of a weekly conference, which is organized according to a quarterly theme, allowing us greater breadth and depth in our academic explorations. The quarterly theme for Summer 2018 (July, August, September) is "Speculative Fiction and Philosophy," and the quarterly theme for Fall 2018 (October, November, December) is "Theory, Criticism, and Society." At the bottom of this page you'll find expanded descriptions for these themes. Further themes will be announced for 2019 and beyond.
- Academic discussions are offered from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, and serve as a means for participants to practice critical reflection and debate skills.
- Academic lectures are offered from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, and provides participants with new information about the lecture's subject material.
- Open mics for ideas and art are offered from 8:30pm – 9:30pm, and offer participants a platform to express their ideas and share their creative art, and to receive feedback, critique, and engagement from their audience.
What happens Tuesday nights?On Tuesdays, we offer literary discussions, writer's critique groups, and open mics for poetry and prose in the form of a weekly writer's workshop. We offer focused tracts for poets, novelists, writers of contemporary fiction, and writers of speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, and horror). Our goal is to foster an environment for all writers, whether beginner or expert, as they set about perfecting written projects and their writerly craft.
- Literary discussions are offered from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, and serve as a means for writers to deepen their understanding of prose and poetry craft and theory.
- Critique groups are offered from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, and allow for writers and poets to receive feedback on their works in progress.
- Open mics for poetry and prose are offered from 8:30pm – 9:30pm, and serve as a means for writers and poets to practice performing their words in front of an audience, as well as a means of receiving feedback, critique, and engagement.
What is The People's Colloquium's educational ecosystem?The People's Colloquium's educational ecosystem refers to the integration between our lectures, discussions, open mics, and critique groups. Here's one example. A participant in an academic lecture could write an essay on a lecture topic and submit it to our writer's workshops, or they could compose a speech and present it at an open mic for ideas and art. The participants at the writing workshop or the open mic also may have participated in the lecture, and could thus critique and respond to the essay or speech in an informed fashion. There are many other possible examples of how our educational ecosystem integrates together, and this ultimately leads to a personalized experience for each participant at The People's Colloquium.
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Thank you!Together we're building a resource for all those living in the greater Portland metropolitan area, visitors to our wonderful city, your friends and loved ones, and - you!
Remember, because The People's Colloquium is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, all your donations are tax deductible.
To find out more about The People's Colloquium, its mission, and its educational ecosystem, please visit PeoplesColloquium.org, our Facebook Discussions Group, or contact us at [email protected].
Curricular Themes - Summer/Fall 2018
- Summer of 2018 (July-September) – Speculative fiction and Philosophy
Narrative and philosophy have always enjoyed a close relationship, but with the advent of genres such as science-fiction, fantasy, and horror, this relationship broke new ground. Also of note is how speculative fiction has taken philosophical issues mainstream through the use of modern medias, including television shows, movies, and video-games. The diversity of philosophical ideas, approaches, and solutions can boggle the imagination for newbie and expert alike. During this quarter, we’ll explore the works of prominent voices and creators as we seek to uncover the hidden and expand upon the known.
- Fall 2018 (October - December) – Theory, Criticism, and Society
For the last 200 years, perspectives in literature, the visual arts, and cultural theory have been increasingly influential when it comes to understanding society and how society should progress. But ideas, terminologies, and approaches have varied widely, and understanding their synthesis can be a daunting task. During this quarter, we’ll explore the works of a variety of theorists and critics, focusing in particular on art, literature, and culture, but ranging into philosophy and the sciences as well. Uniting our endeavor shall be a focus upon how we engage with society, and how we together might create a more fair, equitable, and sustainable future.