Political Outreach Events

The McCall Center for Civic Engagement conducts a number of political outreach events each year.

2019-2020 Events:

  • “OMG…What Did They Do? 2019 Legislative Changes Affecting Labor and Employment.” Panel with Trent Lutz, Oregon Education Association, and Morgan Allen, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, speaking to the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Portland, 23 September 2019.
  • “Nationalism, Populism, and the United Nations: Is This What the UN Was Made For?” Talk at the Rose Villa United Nations Association, Milwaukie, Oregon, 25 October 2019.
  • “The 2019 Legislative Session Was Anything But Usual!” Panel with J.L. Wilson, Oregon State Chamber of Commerce, and Jenny Dresler, Public Affairs Counsel, speaking to the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce, 7 November 2019.
  • “Will Oregon Accept Tax-Funded, Universal Healthcare? Poll Results Say ‘Yes, but…” Panel with Warren George, retired rural Willamette Valley businessman, and John Horvick, DHM Research, Oregon Health Forum, Multnomah Athletic Club, 19 November 2019. 
  • “The 2020 Elections Are Looming” Talk at the Newberg (Oregon) City Club, 3 March 2020.

2018-2019 Events:

  • “Issues and Context in the 2019 Oregon Legislature.” With Gary Conkling. Columbia Corridor Association, Portland, OR. Talk with discussion. 27 February 2019.
  • “Fake News: Threat to Democracy or Passing Fad?” AAUW and larger community, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR. Talk and discussion. 5 February 2019.
  • “What Really Happened In the Election?” Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Hillsboro, OR. Talk with Q&A. 19 November 2018.
  •  “Post-Midterm Election Analysis: What Does It All Mean?” South Park Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, West Linn, OR. Talk with Q&A. 18 November 2018.
  • “Election Postmortem.” With Dimitri Kelly. Pizza and Politics: Students and Faculty, Linfield College, McMinnville, OR. Panel Discussion with Questions. 14 November 2018.
  • “Midterms Wrap Up—What We Learned, Where We Are Going, and How Do We Keep a Grassroots Movement Growing.” With David Sarasohn and Liz Kaufman. One Small Thing PDX, Portland, OR. Panel talk with discussion. 13 November 2018.
  • “The Oregon Results: A Good Night For Democrats.” Willamette Women Democrats (W2D), Lake Oswego, OR. Talk with Q&A. 8 November 2018.
  • “Politics 101—Midterm Election Results: What Does It All Mean?” Oregon School Boards Association, Portland, OR. Talk with Q&A. 8 November 2018.
  • Mike Hall with Jim Moore, moderator. “Clean Energy in Oregon.” Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR. Representative of Renew Oregon talk about Cap and Trade proposal with Q&A. 25 October 2018.
  • “How Voters Play a Role: The 2018 Elections.” Middle School Students, Forest Grove Community School, Forest Grove, OR. Talk with discussion. 27 September 2018.
  • “Washington County Chair Candidates Forum.” Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR. 24 September 2018.
  • “Reading the Tea Leaves: The 2018 Oregon Elections.” Edited talk with Q&A, recorded by Salem City Club, aired on Forum on KMUZ radio, Salem, OR. 14 September 2018.
  • “May Primary Wrap Up, Look Ahead to General Election.” Talk with Q&A, recorded by Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Beaverton, OR. 11 June 2018.
  • “The Role of the United Nations When Nations Do Not Want to be United.” Rose Villa United Nations Association, Milwaukie, OR. Talk with questions. 30 January 2018.
  • “Politics in a Time of Turmoil.” Pacific University Alumni Association, Forest Grove, OR. Talk with questions and discussion. 9 January 2018.
  • “The 2017 Oregon Legislature in Review.” Live talk with Q&A, recorded by Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Beaverton, OR. 11 September 2017.
  • “Myth of Bipartisanship in the 2017 Legislative Session.” With John Horvick. Live discussion with Q&A, recorded by City Club of Portland, Portland, OR. 28 July 2017.

Highlights of Past Events:

  • "Politics in the Age of Trump" - Talk to Pacific University students (2017) 
  • Forest Grove School Board Candidate forum – On campus, open to the public (2017)
  • "And Now the Hard Part…Governing in a Fractious Political System" - South Park Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, West Linn, OR (2017)
  • "After the Dust Settles: Analyzing the 2016 Election Results" - Willamette Women Democrats, Lake Oswego, OR (2016) 
  • "The Role of the Media, Politics, and Culture" -  Panel discussion at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA (2016)  
  • U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley – On campus, open to the public (2016)
  • Legislative Forum - Roosevelt Middle School, Eugene, OR (2016)
  • Classroom Law Project - Talk with middle school teachers from all over Oregon about issues in the 2016 elections (2016)
  • "Terrorism, Immigration: How the World and the United States Understand These Issues" - United Nations Association, Milwaukie, OR (2016)
  • "Crafting a Regional Water Policy" – Panel sponsored by City Club of Portland and Washington County Public Affairs Forum (2015)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Forum - Salúd Services, Hillsboro, OR (2015)
  • "Privacy in the Facebook Age: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences" – Forest Grove Library (2015)
  • U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici – On campus, open to the public (2015)
  • "The Changing Political Context in Oregon" - Oregon Environmental Council, Eugene, OR (2014)
  • Forest Grove Council/Mayor Candidate Forum – On campus, open to the public (2014)
  • US Senator Ron Wyden: "Inequality: the View from Washington, D.C. to Forest Grove” - On campus, open to the public (2014)
  • "Election Predictions." Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Aloha, OR (2014)
  • "Teamster Boss: Dave Beck and Labor Racketeering in Oregon" - Oregon Encyclopedia History Night Panel (2013)
  • "New Urbanism" with Congressman Earl Blumenauer – On campus, open to the public (2013)
  • "Immigration and Sustainability: A Bi-National Perspective Embracing Diversity-Resolving Disparities" – on campus, open to the public (2013)
  • Oregon Secretary of State forum -  On campus, open to the public (2012)
  • Elizabeth Woody: “The Long Memory: The Indigenous Peoples of America After Columbus” – Talk to Pacific University students (2012)
  • "We’re All Globalized Now: Politics, Economics, and the United States in the World" - League of Women Voters and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Medford, OR (2013)
  • Legal Logic: Specialty Courts – Moderated televised discussion (2012)
  • "Politics and the Economy: Elections, Pocketbooks, and Political Messages" - Northwest Association for Financial Professionals conference, Portland, OR (2012)
  • "Women’s Work from the ERA to the Present Day" – Forest Grove Library (2011)
  • Candidate debates for Washington County Commissioner, County Commission Chair, Metro President, and Metro Councilor (2010)

Details of Past Events:

For more information on our political outreach activities, please see the annual records below. 

Special Projects

The Rural Perspective: Technical Report on the Washington County Transportation Futures Study (2015-2016)

A Pacific University team led by Mike Miller of the Center for Global Business Studies, with students Prescott Devinney, Jacob Rose, Sophia Solano, and Pablo Valenzuela, and supported by Jim Moore of the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation has completed a year-long study of transportation issues for the Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation. Working as independent contractors for the county, the students examined past reports by governments and other institutions to understand transportation issues for rural residents. The student members then interviewed members of the rural Washington County community and held a number of focus groups with the Latino community and members of community organizations. Washington County is interested in making these types of research and reporting projects a permanent part of the relationship between the county and Pacific. Of course, this was helped along because the main contact at Washington County is a 2008 Pacific graduate.