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Think & Drink

Think & Drink Overview

Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that 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.

2015 Think & Drink Series

Tickets for all four Portland events available now.

Barry LopezTickets 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 $35 for all four events, 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 $100 for all four.

Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. Think & Drink events take place from 6:30 to 8:00 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.

  • 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.

  • September 24: Guest to be announced.

Photo of Barry Lopez by David Liittschwager

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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