Film Screening: C.E.S. Wood | Oregon Experience | February 22

Producer Laurence Cotton will screen the film C.E.S. Wood and provide a Q & A C.E.S Wooddiscussion after the showing.

Aired as part of the Oregon Experience on OPB, the film covers the life and career of C.E.S. Wood, taking as its central story Wood's participation in the Nez Perce war, his sympathies with the Indian side, his role in recording Chief Joseph's surrender speech, his friendship with Chief Joseph, the impact of the Indian war experience on his career, and the friendship that ensued between the Wood family and the Nez Perce, still very much alive today.

The film also focuses on his career and influence in Portland (including his role in founding the Portland Art Museum and Multnomah County Library).

In conjunction with the C.E.S. Wood in the John Wilson Special Collections exhibition at Central Library.

Sunday, February 22, 1—2:30 p.m.
Central Library, U.S. Bank Room

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One Response to Film Screening: C.E.S. Wood | Oregon Experience | February 22

  1. Arthur Smid February 22, 2009 at 15:23 #

    Very interesting film. In 1877 Wood was present at the surrender of Chief Joseph and transcribed the immortal words: “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”

    Wood published a series of satirical essays written as discussions between such characters as God, Jesus, Mark Twain, Tom Paine, Robert Ingersoll, Billy Sunday and Theodore Roosevelt.

    Here’s a clip from the 1927 bestseller, Heavenly Discourse.

    A Pacifist enters Heaven—in bits:

    BATTERED SOUL: I’m a pacifist.
    GOD: A what?
    BATTERED SOUL: A pacifist. I believe in Jesus and peace.
    GOD: So you are a Christian?
    BATTERED SOUL: O, no. I really do believe in peace.

    Wood worked as an attorney in Portland. Following his service he became a prominent attorney in Portland, Oregon. He defended Margaret Sanger, the founder of the American Birth Control League. Sanger’s work developed into what we know today as Planned Parenthood.

    This gets me to thinking about accessible birth control and education for women in developing countries.

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