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July 1, 2009

UO Portland Continues Summer Discussion Series Thursday, July 30

The University of Oregon in Portland will continue its “Summer Spotlight: Urban Inspirations” discussion series at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 30 with a presentation by Oregon Law Professor Caroline Forell. The weekly programs in July, which are free and open to the public, examine topics surrounding law, sustainability, creativity, and culture. All events will take place at the White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street, in downtown Portland.
Below is a schedule of events:
July 9, 6:00 p.m.:  “Seeing Green: Eco-friendly Construction from the Earth Up”

An expert in sustainable practices and tax policies, Oregon Law Professor Nancy Shurtz will provide an overview of green commercial and residential buildings in Portland, both new construction and retrofits. She also will discuss ongoing green practices within buildings and tax policy favoring green construction.

July 16, 6:30 p.m.:  “Free Culture: Creating Copyright and Copyright Creation”
Oregon Law alumnus Peter Shaver will join members of the Portland’s electropop trio YACHT (John Bechtolt, Claire Evans, and Mike Merrill) to discuss the current state of copyright law and its impact on creative work. We’ll draw the audience into a creative re-authoring of copyright law in real time, and enjoy free culture.

July 23, 6:00 p.m.:  “Beautiful Soup: An Assessment of Current Visual Culture”
Presented by Michael A. Salter, South Waterfront artist-in-residence, who considers himself an obsessive observer of contemporary visual culture, where graphics and corporate identities, signage and symbols, are used to communicate the culture of commerce. These images wield tremendous power in the visual landscape we occupy.

July 30, 6:00 p.m.:  “Rules of the Road: Bicyclists’ Rights and Responsibilities”
An avid cyclist, Oregon Law Professor Caroline Forell will survey the current legal rights and responsibilities of Oregon cyclists, paying special attention to recent legal changes and proposals for improvements to bike laws. After her talk, she will lead a bike ride around the Waterfront Bike Loop (10.4-mile route). Those riding to this event can access the UO White Stag’s secured bike parking via the building entrance under the Burnside Bridge.


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