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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

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).

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Elegant Arches, Soaring Spans: The Bridges of C. B. McCullough

Tuesday, May 26, 6:45pm – 8:00pm

Elegant Arches, Soaring Spans: The Bridges of C. B. McCullough

With Robert W. Hadlow, PhD, Oregon Department of TransportationBridge

Robert W. Hadlow is the authority on highway bridge-building in Oregon.  In his illustrated presentation, Hadlow will look at the structures that Conde B. McCullough designed and built across the state between the two world wars, focusing on their engineering and architecture.

For over 25 years, Robert W. Hadlow has researched and written on historic road resources throughout the United States.  He is the senior historian with the Oregon Department of Transportation, where he completes Section 106 and Section 4(f) compliance work.  In 2000, Hadlow prepared a National Historic Landmark nomination for the Columbia River Highway Historic District.  In 2005, he listed eleven of McCullough’s Oregon Coast Highway bridges in the National Register of Historic Places.  At present, he is preparing NHL nominations on five of those bridges.

Hadlow has been on the governor-appointed Oregon State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation since 2008 and is now its vice-chair.  When he is not pursuing transportation history, you might see him out on the streets and roads around Portland in his 1949 Buick, which he has owned for over 35 years.

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History of Transportation in Oregon

AirplaneRose Schnitzer Manor will present “Planes, Trains and Automobiles: A History of Transportation in Oregon,” during the month of May.  These free lectures will take place on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m.

Bill Nelson will cover the transportation of the earliest inhabitants of Oregon (trails and waterways), the routes used by the earliest settlers, explorers and traders (water and land), and the development of the railroad, waterway, and road network.

Nelson has a B.A. in History and a lifelong love of all things historical.  He has been a docent at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) for eight years, and part of a small group of OHS volunteers that has been making speeches about various aspects of Oregon history to retirement communities and service clubs for about two years.

Tuesday, May 5, 6:45pm – 8:00pm

History of Transportation in Oregon

With Bill Nelson, Oregon Historical Society

 To RSVP, please call 503.535.4004 or email

“It Takes a Village: Supporting Families Caring for Elders” on March 10

Cedar Sinai Park, in collaboration with Jewish Family & Child Service and Sinai Family Home Services, invite you to a new family support group:

“It Takes a Village: Supporting Families Caring for Elders”

Caring for a family member – whether in your home, their home or in another care setting – can be very stressful.  Even if you do not provide hands-on care, you may struggle with a lack of privacy, sleep deprivation, feelings of anger, guilt or depression, or an overwhelming sense of responsibility for the well-being of your loved one.

We are here to tell you that you are not Holding Hands with Elderly Patientalone.

“It Takes a Village” meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Rose Schnitzer Manor. The group is facilitated by David Molko, Senior Outreach Clinician for Jewish Family & Child Service, and Sarah Wheeler, Social Services Director at Robison Jewish Health Center.  Participants have the opportunity to share their concerns, explore solutions to problems, and suggest topics for future meetings.

Monday, March 10th, 7:00 p.m.

May Living Room at Rose Schnitzer Manor  – 6140 SW Boundary Street, Portland

Please contact Irit Mandelsberg at 503.535.4212 or at to reserve your place today.

Chicken Soup for the Home Seller’s Soul

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Presented by Rose Schnitzer Manor

on Sunday, January 26, 1:00 – 2:30pm, in Zidell Hall

The event will feature two local real estate specialists, Alexis Halmy, Principal Broker with Windermere Real Estate, and Rachel Mohlere, founder of Senior Specific Consulting Group.  They will cover a wide range of topics related to home selling, downsizing and more.

Alexis is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and is in the top 5% of all Portland Metro realtors.  She has helped many people, including her own mother, negotiate the issues involved in making a move later in life.  Alexis will discuss the current Portland real estate market:

·             Is this a good time to buy or sell?

·             The three things you need to know about choosing a realtor

·             How to price your home in today’s market


Rachel is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and is the creator and director of a housing transition advisory and support program for older adult homeowners.  She will discuss the move from home ownership to community living:


·             Understanding the logistics of selling and moving

·             Professional help you may not know exists

·             A positive perspective on this lifestyle choice

This event is free and open to the community.  To RSVP, please call 503.535.4004 or email