Panel Discussion     

Thirty Years After No on 9: A Panel Discussion

Free and open to the public

Tuesday, October 11, 2022
6PM – 8:30PM

  • Free
  • Teachers
  • Researchers

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: Panel DiscussionAudience(s): Teachers, ResearchersLocation: Portland

Join the Eugene Lesbian History Project and the Oregon Historical Society for a public program on the history of Measure 9, a 1992 anti-LGBTQ ballot measure, and its legacies — personal, legal, and political. The program will include a brief introduction to the history of Measure 9, a viewing of short films from the history project, and a panel discussion among those who participated in the campaign against Measure 9 and youth who have been learning that history and engaging in more-recent campaigns for civil rights, moderated by Judith Raiskin. This program is free and open to the public, and everyone is strongly encouraged to wear masks.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

About the Panelists

Judith Raiskin is an associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at the University of Oregon. As the director of Outliers and Outlaws: The Eugene Lesbian History Project, she co-created an archive of 83 oral histories about the lesbian community in Eugene, Oregon, edited a digital exhibit interpreting this history, and is producing a documentary film about this history. Raiskin has published on LGBTQ parenting, and as a literary critic she edits the Norton Critical Edition of Jean Rhys's novel Wide Sargasso Sea and is the author of Snow on the Cane Fields: Women Writers and Creole Subjectivity. She teaches courses in the fields of disability studies, LGBTQ history and culture, literature, and archival research. 

Judith Raiskin

Courtney Hermann is a documentary filmmaker and nonfiction media producer, the co-author of the 7th edition of Directing the Documentary (2020), and an associate professor of film at Portland State University. Courtney’s work is distributed by Public Broadcasting Service and its affiliates, through educational film catalogues, at film festivals, and through impact distribution to community partners. She is the co-founder of Boxcar Assembly, a nonfiction media production company.  As the media director of Outliers and Outlaws, Courtney has served as web designer and story editor for the digital exhibit and director of the forthcoming documentary film.

Courtney Hermann

Nadia Telsey is an activist living in Eugene, Oregon, with her spouse, Diane DePaolis. She spent most of her life working to end sexual violence. She taught self-defense in a variety of settings, including the University of Oregon; cofounded the Center for Antiviolence Education in Brooklyn and the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation; and played a pivotal role in developing Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD), now taught worldwide. Her book, Get Empowered, is due out next summer. In 1994 after an antigay ballot measure promoted by the Oregon Citizens Alliance, she participated in a public interest negotiation with people from both sides of the issue. Her activism has also included educational work on antisemitism, the Eugene Middle East Peace Group, teaching Bystander-Upstander Intervention, and until recently serving on the leadership team of Springfield-Eugene Showing Up for Racial Justice.

Nadia Telsey

Diane DePaolis grew up in an Air Force family, moving frequently and even living in England between the ages of 11 and 13. She went to high school in southern California and then to Stanford University, earning a B.A. in psychology in 1971. She moved to Eugene, Oregon, in 1972 to attend the University of Oregon School of Law, graduated in 1976, and was admitted to the bar that year. She began working for Lane County Legal Aid in Eugene.  After ten years with Legal Aid she took some time off before going into private practice in Eugene until her retirement in 2013. Though she handled a variety of cases, her area of specialty became family and Juvenile Court law. She enjoys her McKenzie River cabin, kayaking quiet lakes and streams, playing softball (still!), reading history, and a good Manhattan. She lives in Eugene with her beloved wife Nadia and her beloved blue heeler Django.

Diane DePaolis

Enid Lefton left Ohio in 1977, piling into her VW van and heading out on the “Great Dyke Adventure,” visiting women’s communities before settling in Eugene. Early on she co-founded a women’s concert production company, Eugenia. She soon co-created the women’s cabaret ssSteam Heat, and More ssSteam Heat. Starting in 1981, Lefton hosted her weekly show Women’s Music on Public Radio’s KLCC for 18 years. Seeking to honor her Jewish and lesbian identities, Enid was an active member of the Jewish lesbian group, Baleboostehs, and later started the Queer Chavurah at Temple Beth Israel. Besides performing and promoting lesbian culture, Enid was actively involved in fighting the Oregon Citizens Alliance anti-gay measures that occupied the community in the 1990s. In 2004, Enid and her partner Sally Sheklow were part of the ACLU lawsuit that asked the Oregon Supreme Court to rule that the Oregon Constitution requires same-sex couples to receive the same legal protections as heterosexual couples who marry (Li and Kennedy v. State of Oregon). Although the Supreme Court denied to address the issue, Lefton and Sheklow’s Canadian marriage was finally legally recognized in the United States in 2015 with the U.S. Supreme Court marriage ruling.

Enid Lefton

Lili Wechsler-Azen is a third-year student at University of Oregon, completing her B.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Italian and art. She works with Oregon Hillel to engage students with sustainability initiatives. Her interest in the LGBTQ history of Eugene’s community arose from a class with a unit dedicated to the special archives. This abundance of firsthand documents propelled her passion to discover the history of politics and daily life within Eugene and its surrounding areas. She aims to increase the visibility of this lesser-known history and develop connections between younger and older generations.

Lili Wechsler-Azen

Shayna Meltzer is a third-year student in the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon majoring in planning public policy and management and minoring in ethics and global service. She serves as the University’s secretary of gender and sexuality, working on policy and advocacy initiatives for Title IX, campus violence prevention, and affinity group coalition building. Through Dr. Raiskin’s archival class two years ago, Meltzer developed a deep interest in the Eugene Lesbian Oral History Digital Archive. In particular, she has created and taught a curriculum based on the experiences of the Baleboostehs, a community of Jewish women. She has implemented this material at multiple synagogues and Oregon Hillel.

Shayna Meltzer