Speaker changes for Community Conversations program

Two of the three panelists for the March 3 program have changed.

Assistant Federal Public Defender Amy Baggio will replace Steven Wax.  As reported by the News Times today, “Baggio is an expert on national security and government spying and has defended Guantanamo detainees.  She is currently representing a Portland man who is charged with supporting a terror attack in Mumbai, India.”

Cheryl Heimstra, who is the Oregon Assistant Attorney General, will replace Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon Attorney General, on the program.

See a description of the program in our post, below, and more in the News Times article on program changes here.

The program, titled “Privacy in the Age of Facebook: Choices, Challenges and Consequences” will be begin 7:00 in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library 2114 Pacific Avenue.  Admission is free.  Come early to get a seat!


2015 Forest Grove Conversations Event

The title of this year’s panel discussion/conversation is Privacy In the Age of Facebook: Choices, Challenges and Consequences. It will be held March 3, 2015 in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Forest Grove Library, Pacific University’s Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation, and Pacific University’s Center for Education Technology and Curricular Innovation.

We expect our internet services to be free. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, and a host of others provide us e-mail, web pages, new means of communication, and ways to tailor huge amounts of information to our personal needs. But these companies do this by collecting information that we voluntarily give to them, as well as collecting information about the ways we use these “free” services. Join us for a conversation about how this all works, why these companies use this model, and the implications for us as consumers as we move more and more of our lives online.

Our panel this year will feature three speakers with different ways of viewing this new reality.

Josh Aberant is the Postmaster at Twitter. He has worked for years with companies involved with marketing and social data. His job has been described as “ensuring that users receive the appropriate communications in such a way as not to be annoying.”

Steven Wax was as U.S. federal Public Defender working out of Portland for 31 years. In his work with the Brandon Mayfield case, cases involving Guantánamo detainees, and other cases, Wax has much experience with the ways that online information can be used by governments and other groups. His work showed the limits about what consumers know about how their personal information is shared. Wax is now working with the Oregon Innocence Project.

Ellen Rosenblum is Oregon’s Attorney General. Elected in 2012, she has made a priority of working to protect consumers from the many temptations and abuses that can occur in the online world. In 2014 she held a symposium on Protecting Consumers and Children in the Age of Big Data.

This program is part of the series of cultural programs presented by the Friends of Forest Grove Library.

Friends’ 2014-15 Cultural Programs

The Friends of the Forest Grove Library are happy to present our new season of cultural programs. They will be held on the first Thursday of each month, September through May, at 7:00 PM in the Rogers Room of the City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue–exceptions noted below.
All the programs are free and open to the public.
October 7 Two Jazz Guitars
October 28 A bonus program, begins at 6:30 PM  “Early Humans in Southeastern Oregon”  Dr. Dennis Jenkins, Chief Archeologist, University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, focuses on his cave excavations in Oregon’s high desert.
November 4  “2014 Prelude to 2016 — Do Elections Make a Difference?”  Political discussion with Professor Emeritus Russ Dondero.  Held in the Forest Grove Community Auditorium due to book sale set-up at the Library.
December 2  “From Bach to Rock — A History of Modern Music”  Musician and teacher Paul Anthony Rademacher speaks about the evolution of Western music and plays selections.
January 6  “History of Theatre in Oregon”  Darrell Jabin presents a history of the dramatic arts in our state.
February 3  Harmony Masters Barbershop will entertain with history and sampling of small group vocalists who specialize in four-part harmony.
March 3  Forest Grove Conversations “Privacy: Choices, Challenges and Consequences”  What is the standpoint of privacy in the modern world?
April 7  Pacific University Musicians — A variety of student musicians will perform.
May 19  Young at Heart Readers’ Theatre will feature plans and skits especially developed for readers’ theatre.  Sure to be fun and entertaining (not the first Tuesday in order to avoid conflict with Friends spring used book sale).




Friends Spring Newsletter

Annual round-up from Friends’ President, Kim Reynoldsnewsboy
Forest Grove Conversations Town Hall
Spring Book Sale
Cultural Programs
Friends’ annual meeting
Library Director’s message from Colleen Winters

Read all about it in the Friends Spring Newsletter!
which is edited by Susan Schubothe, Friends’ Secretary
and mailed to 220 Friends members.

Forest Grove Conversations Series

The 2013 Town Hall event is titled “The Future is Now: Citizens and Community in the Digital Age.”
The program will take place on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 (please note the new date) in the Forest Grove Community Auditorium from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The panel topics and panel members are:

  • Social interaction — Nigel Jaquiss, Pulitzer Prize winner at Willamette Week
  • Civic Instutions — Mark Bailey, Pacific University Professor of Education
  • Digital Divide — Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State

The Town Hall event is co-soposored by the Forest Grove City Library, the Friends of the Forest Grove Library, and the Pacific University McCall Center for Policy Innovation.
A student essay competition will be included.  Details are available at the Library.  Adelante Mujeres to provide the refreshments.
The organizing committee members are Jim Moore, Colleen Winters, Al Weiss and Dick Ginsburg.