Connecting people through place and storytelling.

Sense of Place (SOP) features presenters with a unique knowledge of the Columbia River Gorge and who consider the natural, cultural, and political history that has shaped this place.  The presenters can include scientists, tribal members, authors, farmers, and many others from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The information and stories shared at these talks deepen our understanding of the Gorge and strengthen our connection to the landscape and to each other.
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Field Notes & Updates

“A, Q, What?”

A longtime friend and his family were visiting us this week. I had been looking forward to this for years. The trip was originally foiled by Covid, but finally got back on the books for this summer. As August rolled around and the date approached, I started scheming...

Things to know about Sense of Place Season 14

Sense of Place has been running for 14 years now! In that time we’ve learned a few things about how to make the evening as enjoyable as possible. Take a look at the Q & A section below for more information. Tickets & Seating Will there be a Season Pass? No,...

Field Notes: A Stinky Sponge, a Frozen Beaver, and a Camera

Jocelyn Akins knows her audience. “Wanna bust your balls all day in the field with me tomorrow slinging frozen beaver?” This is the text I receive. Entirely out of the blue. Entirely unsurprising, given who it’s coming from. Jocelyn Akins (Dr. Akins if we want to get...

Meet The host

Sarah Fox

Sarah Fox

Sense of Place Host & Curator

Sarah Fox comes to MAI as the producer of the podcast Hear in the Gorge and as curator/host of the Sense of Place Lecture Series. Her work has appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) in addition to film and audio stories for businesses, non-profits, governmental agencies, and individuals.

Sarah’s audio/video stories have included wide-ranging topics like tribal fishing, Woody Guthrie, avant-garde art, vegan trailblazers, and river restoration.

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Latest Season

Lecture: “A Conversation with Kat Brigham”

Lecture: “A Conversation with Kat Brigham”

Speaker Bio Kat Brigham is the Chair of the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. This is her second consecutive term serving as Chair. She has worked within the CTUIR’s Cultural Resource Protection...

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Lecture Details

  • Sense of Place lectures are live and run from October through April!
  • We offer a Livestream option for those who cannot attend the live lecture.  Please sign up for the Sense of Place newsletter to be informed when the live stream is available and how to access it.
  • All lectures will be recorded, archived, and available following their original air date.

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