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Domestic Violence Crisis Center
Paula Lucas

Presentation by Paula Lucas, founder of The Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center. The Crisis Center works with abused Americans and their children in foreign countries to provide domestic violence and child abuse advocacy, resources and tools so that they can navigate the complicated jurisdictional, legal and social international landscapes, to be able to live their lives free of abuse both in the foreign country and back in the United States. This is achieved by way of an international toll free crisis line accessible from 175 countries, serving a population estimated at over five million American civilians overseas.

Women of the Congo
Ann Shannon

Ann Shannon spoke to us as a representative of her daughter Lisa Shannon. Some years ago, Lisa was inspired by an episode of Oprah that described the horrors suffered by women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lisa made a life-changing decision at that point, which brought her to the Congo to learn first-hand what was happening there. Since then, she has engaged in fund-raising efforts to benefit women there, particularly the Runs for Congo Women, one of which is held in Portland. Even more importantly, Lisa has become an activist, even testifying before Congress, regarding the factors that have led to conflict, oppression, and unimaginable violence in the Congo. Through this whole evolution, Ann has been at her daughter’s side and participated in many of Lisa’s travels and efforts, and will be speaking to us about what both she and Lisa have experienced and learned during this incredible journey.

Oregon's Poet Laureate Program
Paulann Peterson

Oregon's Poet Laureate program is a collaborative project of the state's five cultural partners: Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon
Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities, and State Historic Preservation Office, with funding from the
Oregon Cultural Trust. Paulann Peterson has given readings in hundreds of spots from Powell's in Portland to Omsania University in India, from Ross Ragland Theater in Klamath Falls to the Museum Hotel in Central Turkey, and in virtually every nook and cranny of Oregon. Her poetry is featured on Trimet public transportation as part of Poetry in Motion. She frequently teaches workshops for colleges, high schools, libraries and writers' organizations. Paulann will read some of her poems and discuss poetry in general. For more information about Paulann's publications and awards, visit her website at

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Jack Grauer

Jack Grauer, long-time explorer and author on Oregon natural sites, will explain some history of the Fossil Beds located in Eastern Oregon along with a power point presentation showing some of the stunning scenery especially of the Painted Hills.