The 2017–18 Portland Think & Drink series has explored some of the systems that create and perpetuate racial and economic inequality in the United States—in criminal justice, property law, banking, and other areas—and how people are organizing to change those systems. The series concludes with a conversation offering local and national perspectives on these issues with Rinku Sen, one of the leading voices in the racial justice movement, and Mary Li, director of the Multnomah Idea Lab. Scot Nakagawa will moderate the conversation.
Sen is a senior strategist for Race Forward, a national organization that builds awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice, and a contributing writer for the organization’s daily news site, Colorlines.
Join us Wednesday, May 16 for a live conversation with Sen at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., in Portland, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
We invite you to stay after the program for snacks and conversation. Minors are welcome when accompanied by an adult.
General admission tickets for this event are $10. No-cost tickets are available for all Think & Drink events.
The event will also be streamed live on YouTube beginning at 6:30 p.m.
About Our Guests
A visionary and a pragmatist, Rinku Sen has expertise in race, feminism, immigration, economic justice, philanthropy, and community organizing. Over the course of her career, she has woven together journalism and organizing to further social change.
Sen is a senior strategist for Race Foward, a national organization that builds awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice, and a contributing writer for the organization’s daily news site, Colorlines. Prior to her work at Race Forward, she served in leadership roles for over a decade at the Center for Third World Organizing, where she trained new organizers of color and crafted public policy campaigns.
Sen’s book Stir it Up, read widely by community organizers and taught on campuses across the country, theorizes a model of community organizing that integrates a political analysis of race, gender, class, poverty, sexuality, and other issues. Her second book, The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization, tells the story of Moroccan immigrant Fekkak Mamdouh, who cofounded the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York in the aftermath of September 11.
Mary Li is director of the Multnomah Idea Lab (MIL). Part of the Multnomah Department of County Human Services, MIL is charged with seeking policy and innovation within the human services and government sectors. The MIL seeks to positively change community conditions resulting from poverty and racism by practicing human-centered design, seeking out critical thinking and research, and conducting applied research tests in the real world.
The 2017–18 Think & Drink series is made possible thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oregon Cultural Trust, Northwest Natural, Stoel Rives LLP, and Tonkon Torp LLP.
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