The mission of the Yachats Academy of Arts & Sciences is to provide educational and entertainment opportunities for people on the central Oregon coast. Sponsored by Polly Plumb Productions, we encourage the residents of the village of Yachats, Oregon to work with Academy board members to organize those events that they judge to be most enjoyable.
C.E.S. Wood was a pioneer military officer, lawyer and writer. Best known as the author of a satirical collection Heavenly Discourse, he is also the person responsible for the iconic "I will fight no more forever" speech of Chief Joseph, the person who published Mark Twain's satirical 1601, and the lawyer who defended birth control advocate Margaret Sanger and anarchist Emma Goodman. An accomplished painter, many of his works are now held by the Huntington Library and museum in California. He scandalized early Portland society by leaving his wife for the much younger Sara Bard Field. His daughter, Nan Wood Honeyman, was the first woman elected to Congress from Oregon.
Alan Contreras is the author of several books on birds and was the editor of Birds of Lane County and co-editor of Birds of Oregon (both OSU Press). He has also written extensively about education issues and most recently published Pursuit of Happiness, an Introduction to the Libertarian Ethos of C. E. S. Wood.
Tim Barnes recently retired after a career teaching for Portland Community College. He is co-author of Wood Works: The Life and Writings of Charles Erkstine Scott Wood (OSU Press), a collection of Wood's writings with biographical sketches. He is a poet and has also staged performances based on Wood's most famous book, Heavenly Discourse.
The program takes place at the Yachats Commons on Thursday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. The presentation starts with a 30-minute video on the Life andTimes of C.E.S Wood. produced by Laurence Colton for OPB. Following the film, Alan and Tim will talk about Wood..