Bradbury here Saturday to talk on environment

Former Oregon secretary of state Bill Bradbury will be in Ashland Saturday as part of an Oregon Shakespeare Festival event focusing on the environment.

The event called Chautauqua 150 is planned in connection with Oregon's sesquicentennial celebration this year.

Programs will begin at 10:30 a.m. and run until 7 p.m. at several Ashland locations. Tickets, most of which are free, are available at the OSF box office at 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland.

The centerpiece of the event is "Now is the Time," a panel led by OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch and featuring a presentation by Bradbury, who will show slides and speak about Oregon's environment in the light of climate change.

It's at 4 p.m. in the Mountain Avenue Theatre at Ashland High School. A panel discussion will follow with historian William G. Robbins and Earth Matters Director Theresa May. It's free with a ticket from the OSF box office.

Here's the rest of the schedule:

€¢ 10:30 a.m. — "Chautauqua Readings: The Environment," with various OSF artists, at the OSF's Carpenter Hall on Pioneer Street. Admission is $10.

€¢ 1:15 p.m. — "Place and History: In Search of the Pacific Northwest," a presentation led by historian William G. Robbins at the Ashland Community Center on Winburn Way. It's free, but a ticket is required.

€¢ 2 p.m. — "Case Studies: Creating Environmental Theatre," with Earth Matters Director Theresa May and "The Ghosts of Celilo" creators Thomas Morning Owl and Marv Ross, and playwright and filmmaker Stephen Most, at Carpenter Hall. Free, ticket required.

€¢ 2:15 p.m. — "Past to Present," roundtable discussion with organic farmer David Mostue and others. Free, ticket required.

€¢ 7 p.m. — "Conversation: In Your Hands," at Carpenter Hall. Free, ticket required.

A related event planned for August will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, an Oregon native, who will look at conflicts of values and interests across geopolitical boundaries.

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