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The Glenn & Viola Walters Center invites Oregon Humanities for Creative Connections Speaker Series.

COURTESY PHOTO: GLENN & VIOLA WALTERS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER - Surabhi Mahajan will lead a free discussion about cultural appropriation at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center.Oregon Humanities is sponsoring a free, public discussion at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro.

The event is part of the Conversation Project. A local nonprofit, community group, or business applies to host a Conversation Project program on a topic relevant to their community, according to Oregon Humanities.

"What is Cultural Appropriation?" is the title of the free conversation with Surabhi Mahajan at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16.

Mahajan, a longtime Salem resident, is a community food education coordinator. She will discuss issues and implications surrounding cultural appropriation and power dynamics, while exploring the question, "How do we make sense of this and what effect does it have on us as individuals and as Oregonians?"

Mahajan will lead the conversation about cultural appropriation beyond who is

"allowed" to wear certain clothing or cook particular foods.

This discussion is also a part of the Walters' Creative Connections Speaker Series, a series of free talks and performances by speakers and artists from the creative community.

The Walters is located just two blocks off the MAX Blue Line in downtown Hillsboro at 527 E. Main St.

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