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.
Think & Drink with Stephanie Coontz
We 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
Join 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
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.
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.
Listen to Past Think & Drink Conversations
Did you miss one of our happy hour conversations? You can find the audio here.