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The Leadership Repertoire of Filipina Women in the Diaspora

Tuesday, November 24, 6:45pm

The Leadership Repertoire of Filipina Women in the Diaspora

With Maria Beebe, PhDMariaBeebe-Medium

Dr. Maria Beebe will show a short video about the Philippines that covers the historical and cultural forces that shaped the leadership of the Filipina women in the diaspora.  She will also read brief excerpts from the women’s narratives and present a short synthesis of the why and how of the leadership of the Filipina woman.

Dr. Maria Beebe is an applied socio-linguist who specializes in critical discourse analysis, women’s leadership, and information communication technologies for development.  She has a Masters of Arts in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University.  Dr. Beebe recently co-edited “DISRUPT. Filipina Women: Loud. Proud. Leading without a Doubt” based on the leadership journeys of 35 Filipinas who shared their stories.  She wrote one of the chapters and also wrote the introduction and synthesis.  Dr. Beebe has lived and worked in South Africa, Liberia, Philippines, Sudan, and Afghanistan and regularly shares lessons learned through scholarly papers presented at international conferences.

The Cedar Sinai Park Lecture Series is open to residents and community members and features talks on topics such as modern technology, music, and culture. A goal of this program is to make lifelong learning easily accessible to residents and community members alike.

Rose Schnitzer Manor is located at 6140 SW Boundary Street, Portland.  For more information, and to RSVP, call (503) 535-4004 or visit www.RoseSchnitzerManor.org.

Globalization – Why the Resistance?

Tuesday, November 17, 6:45pm

Globalization – Why the Resistance?

With Mary Soots, Portland State Universitymary-soots-full

Part of the Lecture Series: “Culture Shock: What Margaret Mead Never Told Us” 

The lecture series consists of free lectures in November, which take place on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m., giving us a glimpse into the practices of diverse cultures from around the world.

International trade has been reported since prehistoric times.  The current globalization brings a new scale of trade with important ramifications.  At the local and national levels, individuals are working to protect their interests, while at the international levels, corporations are protecting their own interests.  Mary Soots explains the roles of three factions of our global society – the Economy, the Government, and Civil Society – in the negotiation of international trade agreements and explains some of the resistance that surrounds these agreements.  She will also explore how relationships between social groups are re-created at different levels through business.

Mary Soots is a Social/Cultural Anthropologist whose research has explored a globalized social mobilization against free trade and neoliberal economic policies.  She holds a graduate degree in Anthropology with undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Anthropology, and minor degrees in Geography and Spanish.  Mary is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Portland State University, works in Research and Evaluation at OMSI, and supports government and community organizations through outreach and advocacy with the Hispanic community.

To RSVP, please call 503.535.4004 or email deborah@cedarsinaipark.org.

Mental Health and Conflict in Libya

Tuesday, November 10, 6:45-7:45pm

Mental Health and Conflict in LibyaAmanda Lubit

With Amanda Lubit

Qadhafi’s regime in Libya led to decades of oppression, terror, and rivalries. In 2011, a revolution overthrew the regime and pushed the country into a violent conflict. This worsened existing divisions in society and exposed citizens to daily violence, resulting in severe psychological trauma for men, women and children. Amanda Lubit will discuss her work with Libyan psychiatrist, Dr. Omar Reda, to develop programs aimed at reducing hatred and healing psychological wounds.

Amanda Lubit graduated from Portland State University with a Master’s Degree in Anthropology in 2013. She worked with Dr. Omar Reda on conflict transformation and community rehabilitation for war survivors in Libya from 2011 to 2013. Since that time, she has been working with other vulnerable populations in the Portland area. Amanda has developed and overseen mental health and community programs for HIV-positive women and the homeless. She also volunteers her time on a new project looking at recovery following the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.

To RSVP, please call 503.535.4004 or email deborah@cedarsinaipark.org.

Aging in Southwestern Sri Lanka: Care, Property and Intergenerational Exchange

Tuesday, November 3, 6:45-7:45pm

“Aging in Southwestern Sri Lanka: Care, Property and Intergenerational Exchange”

With Michele Ruth Gamburd, Portland State UniversityMichele profile picture

Part of the Lecture Series: “Culture Shock: What Margaret Mead Never Told Us” 

The lecture series consists of free lectures in November, which take place on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m., giving us a glimpse into the practices of diverse cultures from around the world.

In this presentation, Michele Ruth Gamburd examines how Sri Lankan families handle intergenerational transfers of property, money, and care. Through ethnographic data gathered in Southwestern Sri Lanka in 2009, she explores the norms and expectations that govern the treatment of elders, including the care of distant relatives. She examines local debates over acceptable and unacceptable forms of elder care, including conversations about newly emerging old age homes. She will conclude with some thoughts on how the demographic transition and current migratory patterns may challenge and change cultural norms about kinship and care.

Michele Ruth Gamburd is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Portland State University. A cultural anthropologist, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1995. She is the author of The Kitchen Spoon’s Handle: Transnationalism and Sri Lanka’s Migrant Housemaids (2000), Breaking the Ashes: The Culture of Illicit Liquor in Sri Lanka (2008) and The Golden Wave: Culture and Politics after Sri Lanka’s Tsunami Disaster (2013). She is co-editor (with Dennis B. McGilvray) of Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka: Ethnic and Regional Dimensions (2010).

To RSVP, please call 503.535.4004 or email deborah@cedarsinaipark.org.

Joy of Downsizing

Joy of Downsizing

October 25 @ 1:30 pm3:00 pm

Theresa Giddings - Joy of Downsizing

Everyone has a lot of stuff. Often we are so overwhelmed by the prospect of dealing with our stuff, that we postpone decisions about moving – even when moving is in our best interest. Join Theresa Giddings of Soft landings to hear practical ideas about how to deal with all those things you’ve accumulated over the years, and to learn why the time to start doing this is NOW.

To RSVP, please call 503.535.4004 or email deborah@cedarsinaipark.org.

World Travel Ain’t for Sissies – Lecture #4

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietist chambers.  The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

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Rose Schnitzer Manor will present “World Travel Ain’t for Sissies,” a series of presentations by world travel buffs, during the month of August.  These free lectures take place on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. in Zidell Hall.


Tuesday, August 25, 6:45pm

Two Trips to the Philippines

With Jennifer Felberg

Join Jennifer for an armchair travel experience to the Philippines. She will review the fascinating history of this mixed-culture “halo halo.” Then she will take you on a visual trip to Manila for the 45th Anniversary Gala of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ballet Philippines, followed by a second trip to some of the 7,000 islands during typhoon season.

Jennifer Felberg has travelled the world as a professional singer and recording artist. She has worked for Cedar Sinai Park as a Life Enrichment Director for over five years and continues to give-into her wanderlust during her vacations.


The Cedar Sinai Park Lecture Series is open to residents and community members and features talks on topics such as modern technology, music, and culture. A goal of this program is to make lifelong learning easily accessible to residents and community members alike.

Rose Schnitzer Manor is at 6140 SW Boundary Street, Portland.  For more information, call (503) 535-4004 or visit www.RoseSchnitzerManor.org.