• A free panel discussion on “Revisiting The Stranger Next Door: Reflections on Sexual Politics and Human Dignity in the New Millennium” will be at 7 pm Thursday, Jan. 12, at the UO Knight Law Center, Room 110, at 15th and Agate. Panelists include Arlene Stein of Rutgers, Kelly Weigel of the Western States Center and Marcy Westerling of the Rural Organizing Project.
• “Occupying the Heart and Mind,” a silent meditation/ prayer circle, will gather again at noon Friday, Jan. 13, at Occupy V headquarters, 7th and Polk. Another such gathering will be at 2:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 14. Each session will last one hour.
• EW Editor Ted Taylor will be the keynote speaker on “Media Bias and the Struggle for Justice” at the free 10th annual MLK celebration Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Siuslaw Public Library in Florence. A march for civil and human rights will begin at noon, Taylor will speak at 1 pm followed by a discussion of “how language can change the laws that govern shifting of lines of tolerance in society.” Sponsored by Citizens Democracy watch. Call 997-7573 or email email@example.com
• A musical benefit for Occupy Eugene will begin at 8 pm Saturday, Jan. 14, at Cozmic Pizza, 8th and Charnelton. Sliding scale $5-$20 at the door. Emceed by Paul Simon and Alley Valkyrie with musical guests Jillian, Kokobola, Jonezer and Psychonauts.
• A free forum on foreclosures is planned from 1 to 3 pm Sunday, Jan. 15, at Reality Kitchen, 245 Van Buren St. RSVP to Nancie and Mark of Good Grief America, 664-8332 or visit www.goodgriefamerica.org
• Springfield’s MLK march and celebration is Monday, Jan. 16, with a march beginning at the Springfield Justice Center at 1:30 pm, followed by a celebration from 2 to 4 pm at Springfield High School. Opening remarks by Mayor Christine Lundberg and Police Chief Jerry Smith; speeches by the student contest winners, music by Rockin’ Amigos, Springfield High Choir, Mariachi del Sol, Hamlin Middle School Choir and Eric Richardson’s Invisible Arts Project.
• Eugene’s MLK Day celebration will begin at 5:30 pm Monday, Jan. 16, at the Hult Center for Performing Arts. That same day Dr. Joseph White, educator and “god father of black psychology,” will speak at 6 pm in the EMU Ballroom at UO.
• State Rep. Phil Barnhart will be available to meet with community members
at 7:15 am Tuesday, Jan. 17, at
Studio One Café, 1473 E. 19th Ave. in Eugene.
RSVP if you can to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-9207.
• Local state lawmakers will discuss the February special session of the Legislature and other topics at a public meeting at 7 pm Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Lawrence Hall, Room 115, on the UO campus.
• Energy Village is presenting a “Think Tank” and film on the work of Gregory Bateson and how Bateson’s work applies to our education system, with panelists Nora Bateson, Chet Bowers and Art Paz, from 7 to 9 pm Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Davis Restaurant, 94 W. Broadway. The film screening of An Ecology of Mind will be at 7:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Bijou, followed by a Q&A with Nora Bateson.