Thursday, January 12, 2012

Celebrating Thirty Years of Work for a Healthy and Peaceful World

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility has been celebrating its 30th anniversary this last year and last night we helped them celebrate. For the last three months, Dr. Joy Spalding and I have been working diligently to prepare an exhibit about PSR. It has been quite an adventure and a joy (pardon the pun) and is now open for public viewing.

The opening reception took place last night, January 11, with a remarkable turnout of PSR and library folk and members of the public in attendance. Our speakers were Dr. John Pearson, current Oregon PSR President, and Charles Grossman, M.D., who has been on the Board of Directors since the inception of the organization and is also a past-president.

Dr. Pearson reminded us that the nuclear threat is not behind us. It is our duty, he stressed, to express our concerns to our local, regional and national leaders, to inform them about the dire issues related to the production and use of nuclear weapons and the ongoing health concerns related to dump sites and issues that effect the people who live near them and for those who live in and near war zones. It really was quite stirring.

Dr. Grossman spoke about the beginnings of the national and Portland/Oregon PSR groups and the key events and players in those early years. I might add that Dr. Grossman just turned 97. He is a long time activist in the fight for economic equality for all people, towards a world without war and, in particular, he has been instrumental in working towards friendly relations with the people of China, leading numerous delegations to China over the years.

Dr. Spalding, the Oregon PSR historian, wrote the text for the exhibit brochure that highlights a brief history of the organization, and she was also co-curator of the exhibit's installation. Her generosity to share her knowledge, wisdom and her memorabilia are instrumental to the success of the exhibit. From Dr. Spalding we learned that PSR does much more than work for peace. Among their projects are working for a healthy environment, healthy foods in health care, and informing the public about global warming. You can learn much more by visiting their Web site.

Oregon PSR Executive Director, Kelly Campbell and PSR Communcations and Development Associate, Sean Tenney, were generous with their time, sharing their knowledge and documents and artifacts for the exhibit.

Maija Anderson, head of HC&A, with the assistance of the PSR staff, put on a tasty and healthy spread for the attendees to enjoy. Due to her expert planning and coordination of the event, it was a wonderful and effortless time for all.

And I would be remiss if I didn't mention Dr. Jackie Wirz, faculty member of the OHSU Library, who was an invaluable asset to the soire. She greeted, made name tags, stored bags and purses, hung coats, assisted with set up and take down... and I don't know what else.
And last but not least, I have to give an honorable mention to our student assistant, Max Johnson. Without his assistance the exhibit would not have been possible. Well, would not have been so pretty. He is truly an expert at cutting and mounting. (You think that's easy? Just try it.) He also assisted with the install and was our official event photographer.

And, of course, a big thank you to the OHSU Library staff that attended. You know who you are and you know how much your support means.

I am sorry if you missed the opening, but you haven't missed the exhibit. It will be open to the public through March 2012 and you can always visit virtually by checking out the online version on our Web site, which has the brochure text and some of the images in the exhibit.

Here's to a healthy and peaceful world.
Max: What would we do without you?

1 comment:

Maija said...

Beautiful work, everyone!