Thought-provoking concepts centering around belonging and a sense of place are featured in Blue Mountain Community College’s Arts & Culture Series. Alison Timmons, series chairperson and BMCC writing faculty, said the series encourages people to engage in deeper critical thinking.

The current sessions continue through Thursday. Activities are at Eastern Oregon Higher Education Center, 975 S.E. Columbia Drive, Hermiston, and BMCC’s Pendleton campus, 2411 N.W. Carden Ave. The activities are free and open to the public.

Wednesday activities in Hermiston include a barbecue (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) coordinated by the Associated Student Government. Also, artist-in-residence Bette Husted is presenting a writer’s workshop at 2 p.m. (EOHEC Room 231).

Thursday highlights in Hermiston (EOHEC Room 134) include BMCC alumni Carina Garcia and Ivan Hernandez (11 a.m.), who will discuss their work for immigrants’ rights in Oregon. Jacelyn Keys (noon) will explore the media’s effect on young women’s perceptions of self. And, Courtney Flatt, an NPR reporter (2 p.m.), will share about her climb of Kilimanjaro and time in Tanzania.

The series also features activities May 20-21. Additional information will be provided as the dates get closer.

A full schedule is available at For questions, contact Timmons at or 541-289-2832.

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