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Salem City Club to host talk on rural-urban divide

Western Oregon University Prof. Mark Henkels will 'discuss the politics of the rural-urban divide and prospects for bridging the gap.'

The Salem City Club is hosting a talk on Friday, Nov. 15 on the urban-rural divide.

The concept entered popular political discourse after the November 2016 election of Donald J. Trump.

It became a bludgeon during the legislative session here in Oregon, where Republicans lambasted Democrats for pushing policies they said would adversely affect rural Oregonians, and ultimately walked out over a policy to limit the state's carbon emissions.

Western Oregon University Prof. Mark Henkels will "discuss the politics of the rural-urban divide and prospects for bridging the gap."

The presentation will be from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, 1313 Mill St SE, Salem,.