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Think & Drink

Think & Drink Overview

Think & Drink sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The series, which invites the public to think and talk together, reflects Oregon Humanities’ emphasis on infusing important public conversations with critical thinking and fresh ideas. All Think & Drink events are open to the public.

Think & Drink with Genevieve Bell

Intel’s cultural anthropologist talks women, data, and the Internet of things September 23.

Genevieve BellOregon Humanities’ 2015 Think & Drink series concludes on September 23 with a conversation with cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell at the Alberta Rose Theatre.

Bell has spent her career studying what she calls “the intersection of cultural practice and technology adoption.” She has worked at Intel since 1998 and holds several patents for consumer electronics innovations. As vice president of Intel’s Corporate Strategy Office, she leads a team of social scientists and designers who travel the world to learn how people relate to electronics and use their findings to shape technologies of the future.

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Think & Drink with Eula Biss

Author of "On Immunity: An Inoculation" in Portland July 30

Eula BissOregon Humanities’ 2015 Think & Drink series continues July 30 with a conversation with writer Eula Biss at the Alberta Rose Theatre.

Biss is the author of On Immunity: An Inoculation, an investigation of fears and anxieties surrounding vaccination. The book, which Biss says was inspired by conversations with other mothers while pregnant with her first child, was named one of the ten best books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review. An excerpt from the book is available online here. The Chicago writer’s other works include Notes from No Man’s Land, a collection of essays on race and identity in America, and The Balloonists, a collection of narrative prose poems.

Think & Drink sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. At this event, Biss will discuss vaccination and immunity, science and fear, and choosing between personal belief and public benefit with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities.

The event will take place July 30, 2015, at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Portland, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian. General admission tickets are $10 each ($25 for preferred seating) and may be purchased at albertarosetheatre.com, by phone at (503) 764-4131, or in person at the Alberta Rose box office.

The 2015 Think & Drink series is supported by our media sponsor, Willamette Week, and funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Thanks also to our communications partners for this event: City Club of Portland and Literary Arts.

Can’t make it to Think & Drink? You can stream our conversation live right here starting at 7:00 p.m.

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Stream Our Think & Drink with Walidah Imarisha

Walidah Imarisha - photo by Kim NguyenEducator, writer, organizer, and spoken word artist Walidah Imarisha joined Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, at the Alberta Rose on May 21, 2015, for a conversation about connections between science fiction and social change, and continuity and resistance in the history of Oregon’s black communities.

Imarisha is the author of Scars/Stars, a collection of poetry, and editor of Octavia’s Brood, an anthology of social justice-driven science fiction—a genre she terms “visionary fiction.” She directed the documentary film Finding Common Ground in New Orleans, performs as part of the spoken word duo Good Sista Bad Sista, and since 2009 has led one of Oregon Humanities’ most popular Conversation Project discussions, “Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History.”

Here are audio and video from the event. For more information about our 2015 Think & Drink series, visit the Think & Drink page.

 

Think & Drink with Walidah Imarisha

Oregon Humanities’ 2015 Think & Drink series continues Thursday, May 21 with educator, writer, organizer, and spoken word artist Walidah Imarisha from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Please note: this is a change from the earlier publicized times) at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Portland. Click here to purchase tickets. If you have problems with the Alberta Rose ticketing site, call (503) 764-4131 for assistance.

Walidah Imarisha’s resume is too broad to sum up in a sentence. She is the author of Angels with Dirty Faces, a nonfiction work on prison abolition, and Scars/Stars, a collection of poetry, and editor of Octavia’s Brood, an anthology of social justice-driven science fiction. She is an educator who has taught at Oregon colleges and universities. She directed the documentary film Finding Common Ground in New Orleans. She has performed as part of the spoken word duo Good Sista Bad Sista. And since 2009 she has led one of Oregon Humanities’ most popular Conversation Project discussions, “Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History.”

At Think & Drink, Imarisha will talk about continuity and resistance in the history of Oregon’s black communities, alternatives to incarceration, and science fiction and social change with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities.

General admission tickets are $10 each or $25 for preferred seating, and are available online at albertarosetheatre.com. Tickets to all events in the 2015 Think & Drink series are also available. Read more about the 2015 series here.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Audio from the event will be streamed live on this page.

Think & Drink is a series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The 2015 Think & Drink series is supported by our media sponsor, Willamette Week, and funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Thanks to our communications partners for this event with Walidah Imarisha: City Club of Portland, Bitch Media, Oregon Historical Society, and Portland State University Black Studies department.

Watch Think & Drink with Barry Lopez

Oregon Humanities’ 2015 Think & Drink series kicked off February 5 with renowned essayist and fiction writer Barry Lopez in conversation with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities. Catch audio and video from the sold-out event below.

 

Think & Drink with Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez

Oregon Humanities’ 2015 Think & Drink series will kick off Thursday, February 5 with renowned essayist and fiction writer Barry Lopez from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Portland. Click here to purchase tickets. If you have problems with the Alberta Rose ticketing site, call (503) 764-4131 for assistance.

Although Lopez is best known for nature and travel writing, he has also written widely on issues of racial and social justice. At Think & Drink, Lopez will discuss reconciliation, resistance, justice, and place with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities.

“If I were asked what I want to accomplish as a writer, I would say it’s to contribute to a literature of hope,” Lopez wrote in the introduction to his essay collection About This Life.

Lopez is the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award; Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist; and eight works of fiction, including Light Action in the Caribbean, Field Notes, and Resistance. His most recent books are Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, a reader’s dictionary of regional landscape terms, which he edited with Debra Gwartney, and Outside, a collection of six stories with engravings by Barry Moser.

General admission tickets are $10 each or $25 for preferred seating, and are available online at albertarosetheatre.com. Tickets to all events in the 2015 Think & Drink series, featuring Walidah Imarisha and Eula Biss, are also available. Read more about the 2015 series here.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Audio and video from the event will be streamed live on this page.

Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The 2015 Think & Drink series is supported by our media sponsor, Willamette Week, and funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Our community partners for this event are the City Club of Portland, Oregon Historical Society, Literary Arts and the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts.

Photo of Barry Lopez by David Liitschwager

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2015 Think & Drink Series

Tickets for all four Portland events available now.

Tickets are now available for Oregon Humanities’ 2015 Think & Drink series at Portland’s Alberta Rose Theatre. This year’s guests include Barry Lopez, Walidah Imarisha, and Eula Biss. General admission tickets are $10 each or $25 for the remaining three events in the series, and are available online at albertarosetheatre.com. Preferred seating tickets, which include guaranteed seats in the first five rows and admission to pre-show receptions, are also available, for $25 per event or $75 for all three.

Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. Think & Drink events take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. in Portland. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian. The 2015 Think & Drink series will feature the following guests:

  • February 5: Barry Lopez, author, essayist and fiction-writer. Lopez is the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award, Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist, and eight works of fiction, including Light Action in the Caribbean, Field Notes, and Resistance. His most recent books are Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, a reader’s dictionary of regional landscape terms, which he edited with Debra Gwartney, and Outside, a collection of six stories with engravings by Barry Moser. He lives on the McKenzie River near Finn Rock, Oregon. Our community partners for this event are the City Club of Portland, Oregon Historical Society, Literary Arts and the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts.

  • May 21: Walidah Imarisha, educator, writer, organizer, and spoken word artist. For the past five years, Imarisha has led Oregon Humanities Conversation Project programs on Oregon black history, alternatives to incarceration, and the history of hip hop. She has taught in Portland State University’s black studies department, Oregon State University’s women’s studies department, and Southern New Hampshire University’s English department, and is the author of the poetry collection Scars/Stars and the forthcoming book Angels with Dirty Faces, which focuses on criminal justice. She is also coeditor with adrienne maree brown of the forthcoming Octavia’s Brood, an anthology of radical science & speculative fiction written by organizers & activists. She lives in Portland.

  • July 30: Eula Biss, author of On Immunity: An Inoculation, a book that explores cultural myths about immunity, vaccination, filth, and purity. Her other books are Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays and The Balloonists, a collection of poems. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction as well as in The Believer, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Third Coast, and Harper’s. She lives in Chicago.

  • Genevieve Bell,cultural anthropologist and vice president of Intel’s Corporate Strategy Office. Bell has spent her career studying what she calls “the intersection of cultural practice and technology adoption.” At Intel, she leads a team of social scientists and designers who travel the world to learn how people relate to electronics and use their findings to shape technologies of the future. She lives in Oregon.

Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The 2015 Think & Drink series is supported by our media sponsor, Willamette Week, and funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Think & Drink with Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl StrayedOregon Humanities’ 2014 Think & Drink series, Private, concludes Thursday, October 23 with a conversation with writer Cheryl Strayed at Alberta Rose Theatre (3000 NE Alberta St., Portland) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.). Minors allowed when accompanied by an adult. Think & Drink events are open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested for admission.

Advance tickets are sold out, but a small number of tickets may be available at the door. We will also be giving away tickets via social media in the weeks leading up to the event. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about these giveaways. Video and audio from the event will be streamed live at oregonhumanities.org.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, the novel Torch, and the essay collection Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. Wild has stayed on The New York Times Best Seller List for more than a year, and a film adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon will be released in December. Strayed will discuss the experience of having her private life become public through a best-selling book and major motion picture. She will be in conversation with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities.

Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The 2014 Think & Drink series is supported by our media sponsors, Oregon Public Broadcasting and Willamette Week, and funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust and Columbia Bank.

Think & Drink with Stephanie Coontz

Stephanie CoontzWe think of marriage as the union of two people brought together of their own free will by love, but that hasn’t always been the case. The nature of marriage, like sex, parenthood, and other private relationships, has evolved over time, and government regulation has evolved with it. Since before the founding of the United States, laws have regulated who in America is allowed to marry, and how, and when.

Join Oregon Humanities Thursday, July 10 for a Think & Drink conversation with historian Stephanie Coontz at McMenamins Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan St., Portland) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (doors at 5:00 p.m.). Minors allowed when accompanied by an adult. Think & Drink events are open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested for admission.

Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and serves as director of research and public education at the Council on Contemporary Families. She is the author of seven books on marriage and family life, including A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s, Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage, and The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap.

Coontz will discuss the history and present state of government intervention in private relationships with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities.

Can’t make it to the Mission July 10? The conversation will be streamed live at Mixlr, and the recording will be hosted here.

The 2014 Think & Drink series, Private, will continue Thursday, October 23, with a conversation with Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. The series is supported by our media sponsors, Oregon Public Broadcasting and Willamette Week, and funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Think & Drink with Heidi Boghosian

Heidi BoghosianJoin Oregon Humanities Thursday, May 8 for a Think & Drink conversation with civil liberties expert Heidi Boghosian at McMenamins Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan St., Portland) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (doors at 5:00 p.m.). Minors allowed when accompanied by an adult. Think & Drink events are open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested for admission.

Heidi Boghosian is the executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, a progressive bar association established in 1937, and cohost of the weekly civil liberties radio program Law and Disorder, which airs on 90 radio stations throughout the country, including Portland’s KBOO. She is the author of Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance.

Boghosian will discuss the legal and societal effects of far-reaching surveillance by both governments and corporations in conversation with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities. The revelations of widespread digital surveillance by the National Security Administration and other global intelligence agencies may represent the greatest instance of government interception of private communications in history, but it may be rivaled by the ever-growing collection of personal information by private corporations.

Can’t make it to the Mission May 8? The conversation will be streamed live at Mixlr, and the recording will be hosted here.

The 2014 Think & Drink series, Private, will continue Thursday, July 10, with a conversation about government regulation of family life with Stephanie Coontz, author of Marriage, A History. The series is supported by our media sponsors, Oregon Public Broadcasting and Willamette Week, and funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Think & Drink with Jules Boykoff in Salem

Think & Drink with Jules Boykoff in Salem

Join Oregon Humanities Thursday, February 27 for a happy-hour conversation about athletes and activism at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with author and former Olympic athlete Jules Boykoff. The event runs from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Grand Vines, 195 High St. NE, in Salem, and is free and open to all ages.

Jules Boykoff is chair of the politics and government department at Pacific University and former Olympic soccer player. He has written extensively about the politics of the Olympic Games, social movements, the suppression of dissent, and the role of mass media in US politics.

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, have arguably been the most politically charged in the history of the modern games, with tense relations between the US and Russia and unprecedented activism on the part of organizations and athletes from many nations attracting nearly as much attention as the games themselves. Boykoff will discuss the political impact of the games with David Gutterman, associate professor of politics at Willamette University.

Boykoff has recently written about activism and the games for the San Francisco Chronicle and Oregon’s own Olympic bid for the Oregonian.

Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. Oregon Humanities has held Think & Drink conversations in Portland since 2009. This will be the first Oregon Humanities Think & Drink event in Salem. Audio from past Think & Drink events is available on the Think & Drink page.

If you have questions about the event, email Oregon Humanities’ director of programs, Jennifer Allen, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Think & Drink with William T. Vollmann

Think & Drink with William T. Vollmann

Oregon Humanities’ 2014 Think & Drink series, Private, kicks off Wednesday, February 5, with a conversation with author William T. Vollmann.

A prolific writer whose work includes war reporting, nonfiction books on poverty, train-hopping, and Japanese theater, and the National Book Award–winning novel Europe Central, Vollmann has also been the subject of decades of surveillance by the FBI. In a September 2013 essay in Harper’s magazine, he describes his discovery, through a Freedom of Information Act request, that he had been a suspect in both the Unabomber and 2001 anthrax letter domestic terrorism investigations. Vollmann believes that his telephone and paper correspondence still remain under surveillance. You can listen to a National Public Radio interview with Vollmann about the experience using the player below.

Vollmann will appear in conversation with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, on Wednesday, February 5 at the Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Portland from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is a $10 suggested donation. Minors welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. Our 2014 series, Private, will explore themes of government surveillance, corporate collection of personal information, government regulation of family life, and what we consider private in our modern age.

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Listen to Past Think & Drink Conversations

Did you miss one of our happy hour conversations? You can find the audio here.

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