Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies



Image taken from February 2011 issue of Street Roots (http://news.streetroots.org/2011/02/02/michael-powell-reflects-creating-legendary-book-store-and-keeping-it-strong-next)

The MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Ford Institute for Visual Education

CT+CR Headquarters (Room 204)
Friday, April 12, 2013
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Michael Powell is the owner of Powell’s City of Books, the largest independent bookstore in North America. In the early 1980s, he sponsored the author lecture series called Portland Arts & Lectures, and since then, has helped lead numerous civic and cultural organizations in the city, including the World Affairs Council, the Port of Portland, the Association for Portland Progress, the Metropolitan Arts Commission, the Multnomah County Library Board, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Board, the American Booksellers Association Board, the Portland Public Schools Foundation, the Portland State University Library Advisory Committee, and the SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) Program Advisory Committee, which he was instrumental in founding. Powell has been at the center of free-speech issues in Portland for the past twenty years, including the move to rescind Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, which would have forced libraries and bookstores to release the names and book preferences of patrons. His awards include the Glen L. Jackson Award for Civic Leadership of Willamette University, the Watzek Award for Community Service of Lewis & Clark University, the Business Leadership Award of the Oregon Black Resource Center, the Thomas Lawson McCall Award of Women in Communication, and the Gene Leo Rose Award of the Portland Oregon Visitors Association.

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