Think & Drink with Rukaiyah Adams and Eric K. Ward

A conversation on race, power, and justice

From disparities in our classrooms to bias in our criminal justice system and environmental inequality to the racial wealth gap, it is clear that equal opportunity and protection under the law do not exist for all Oregonians. What can those with power—including social, financial, and legal capital—do to mend deep-rooted inequality today and in the future? Join us November 15 in Portland for a conversation on race, power, and justice with Eric K. Ward and Rukaiyah Adams.

This event will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Portland. Snacks and conversation will follow the program. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian. General admission tickets are $10; no-cost tickets are available. Advance tickets for Think & Drink are sold out. We expect a small number of tickets will be available at the door. The conversation will be streamed live here and on YouTube.


About Our Guests

Eric K. Ward is a longtime civil rights strategist and philanthropist. Originally from Los Angeles, he attended Lane Community College and the University of Oregon and began his civil rights career at a time when the white nationalist movement was engaged in violent paramilitary activity that sought to undermine democratic governance in the Pacific Northwest. He worked to expose and counter hate groups and establish task forces focused on human rights and anti-violence throughout the Northwest. Most recently a program officer for the Ford Foundation, Ward returned to Oregon in 2017 to lead Western States Center, a Portland-based nonprofit that works with leaders in the West to harness regional advocacy to reduce inequality and advance opportunity.

Rukaiyah Adams is chief investment officer of Meyer Memorial Trust. She serves on the board of directors of Oregon Public Broadcasting and as chair of the Oregon Investment Council, the board that manages approximately $90 billion for the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund. She is a driving force of Albina Vision, an effort to develop a new, inclusive neighborhood in Portland’s Rose Quarter, where the majority-Black community of Albina existed before it was razed to build Memorial Coliseum.


2 comments have been posted.

Thanks for your comment. Yes, this event will take place on November 15, 2017. September 27 is the date the post was published.

Oregon Humanities | October 2017 |

It states Sept 27, but isn't this event in November?

Leonora | October 2017 |

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