Prof. James Harrison

James Stanley Harrison taught history and humanities courses at Portland Community College (Cascade Campus) beginning in 1993. After receiving his BA, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Subsequently, he earned an MA in US and African History from the City College of New York, worked as a college counselor, and taught high school in Portland for 18 years. He was a founding member of the Vanport Mosaic Festival steering committee and frequently made presentations to school and community groups. He was featured on the 2016 Oregon Public Broadcasting Oregon Experience documentary "Vanport." Dr. Harrison passed away in September 2022. 

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