The City Club of Eugene Podcast
Going to Prison to Learn

Going to Prison to Learn

August 21, 2020

College students and incarcerated students learn together in the prison system, thanks to a University of Oregon prison education program called "Inside Out." It is the largest such program in the world.

Our speakers include Professor Shaul Cohen, an Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the UO Prison Education Program and the Carnegie Global Oregon Ethics Program. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, and a member of the National Alliance for Higher Education in Prisons. Our other speakers are Bianca Pak, a student in the UO Clark Honors College; and Trevor Walraven, who was imprisoned at the Oregon State Penitentiary and is the co-founder and Director of Public Education and Outreach at the Oregon Youth Justice Project, a program of the Oregon Justice Resource Center.

"It was the most transformative experience...."

"...there are not prisoners and outside people; rather, there are students."

"One of the great things about Inside Out is the reciprocity."

Learn more about the National Inside-Out Center:

(This program was presented on Jan. 10, 2020)

Internment of Japanese Residents in World War II

Internment of Japanese Residents in World War II

August 17, 2020

After Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan, America declared war and began taking Japanese residents to internment camps. This podcast of the City Club of Eugene, Oregon looks at the impact of internment on the detainees and their descendants as well as America's reaction at the time of the internments. You will also hear about how the internment was carried out here in Eugene.

We'll hear an overview of the camps from Tara Fickle, who is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oregon, and an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Ethnic Studies, the New Media and Culture Certificate, and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. See her presentation, including a cartoon from Theodor Seuss.

One young boy in one of the camps was Roger Shimomura, who grew to be an internationally acclaimed artist and educator. Much of his art portrays life in the camps, with haunting images of tricycles and baseball inside barbed wire. Anne Rose Kitagawa, chief curator and director of Asian art at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, explains the symbols and messages in his art. View examples here:

Aimee Yogi graduated from the UO and worked more than 30 years at the UO Knight Library. In addition to working with the Oregon Asian Celebration, the Asian American Council, and the Sacred Heart Hospice, she has served as the president of the Japanese American Association of Lane County since 2013. She has researched the history of the Japanese internment in Eugene and led the effort to build a memorial to the victims of the interment.

(This program was presented on May 15, 2020)

Alternatives to Policing: Reorienting the Scope of Law Enforcement (Part 2 of 2)

Alternatives to Policing: Reorienting the Scope of Law Enforcement (Part 2 of 2)

August 7, 2020

When studying police reforms, how can we cultivate and enforce greater equity and justice, and implement safety in our community? Is Eugene, Oregon committing sufficient funding and support to the people and programs that can provide alternatives to law enforcement?

City Club of Eugene takes a look at accountability, transparency and law enforcement through the lens of racial justice and defunding the police. We hear from a panel that includes Ibrahim Coulibaly, president of the NAACP; Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner; and CAHOOTS co-founder David Zeiss. They examine elements of policing alternatives that address homelessness, local poverty, substance abuse and mental illness.


    “One of our problems is the extreme economic inequality that has been developing in this country….”

     “If all you have is time to drive from one call to another, it really does a disservice to the relationship and to the victim.”

(This program was presented on July 31, 2020; Part 1 was presented on July 24 and is also available on this podcast.)

Racial Justice and Police Accountability (Part 1 of 2)

Racial Justice and Police Accountability (Part 1 of 2)

August 3, 2020

After the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Armaud Arbery in the spring of 2020, City Club of Eugene, Oregon developed a focus on racism, police accountability and local issues related to racial justice.

Part 1 of this 2-part series brings people with varying perspectives together to discuss the issue: 
Mark Gissiner, Police Auditor, City of Eugene; Dr. Michael Hames-García, UO Professor & Eugene Civilian Review Board Member; and Isiah Wagoner, a local activist.

Eugene has a police auditor and a civilian review board. How does that affect the responses of law enforcement and residents' trust in police? What are our issues around police accountability and reform? How can we cultivate and enforce greater equity, justice and public safety in our community, in light of where we’ve been and what direction we want to head?

(This program was presented on July 24, 2020; Part 2 was presented on July 31 and is also available on this podcast)

Short-Term Rentals in Eugene

Short-Term Rentals in Eugene

June 2, 2020

Air BnB ranked Eugene #2 in the U.S. as a popular place to visit. It has been ranked by as #2 in constrained housing in America. How would city regulation of short-term rentals like AirBnB and VRBO affect the owners, neighbors and the City of Eugene, Oregon? Hear the perspectives of those who could be impacted by regulation. 

Our speakers include Bruce Searl, whose family has operated a very successful Airbnb for 4.5 years as an important part of their family income. Kathryn Dunn is a realtor and member of the Eugene Short-Term Rentals Association. She has been a real estate investor for past 20 years and owns two short-term rentals. She will describe the general market and benefits of short term rentals in our community. Dr. Rebecca Lewis is Associate Professor in Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon. Her student, Sadie Dinatale, published "Assessing and responding to short-term rentals in Oregon: Enabling the benefits of the sharing economy." Dr. Lewis will summarize what is known about the short term rental market in Eugene and throughout Oregon, including information in a PowerPoint: To see the presentation referenced in this episode visit Jo Jo Jensen is a professional voice talent who records from her studio in the Laurel Hill Valley and, until recently, had a short-term rental next door.

     "We care a lot about people."

     "What are we talking about in terms of statewide revenue impact? What about tax revenue for cities?"

      "The police still aren't commenting on this case because it's on-going."

(This program was presented on March 6, 2020)


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