Virtual Think & Drink with Kali Thorne Ladd, Alex Sager, and Paul Susi: What Are Schools for?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues unabated and the movement for racial justice builds momentum around the country, our schools are facing difficult questions about what their most important purposes are and how those ends can be accomplished in unprecedented circumstances. At our next Think & Drink conversation, we'll explore the question of what school is for. What does school do for students, teachers, parents, and the larger community? Are there things it should do that it doesn't now? What role does school play in our pursuit of democracy and justice?

Join us August 18 for a live conversation with Kali Thorne Ladd, executive director of KairosPDX, and Alex Sager, chair of the philosophy department at Portland State University, moderated by Paul Susi.

This event will be streamed live on YouTube starting at 5:00 p.m., with a breakout conversation on Zoom for viewers following at 6:00 p.m. You can watch the program on YouTube or in the window below. To join the breakout conversation, please register here.


About Our Guests

Kali Thorne Ladd is a social entrepreneur committed to educational revolution through approaches rooted in love and inclusion. Her twenty-year career in public policy, education practice, and entrepreneurship has informed this frame. Kali cofounded KairosPDX in 2012 and currently serves as its executive director. Kairos is a social enterprise dedicated to eliminating disparities and opportunities for historically marginalized children through practice that builds off of the neuroscience of love. She has also served on the Portland Community College board of directors and as education adviser to Portland Mayor Sam Adams.

Alex Sager is Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Portland State University. He developed Portland State's Philosophy of Education class and leads the Department's K-12 Philosophy activities, including the Oregon High School Ethics Bowl. From 2014–16, he served as a facilitator for the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project program "What Is Education for?"

Paul Susi is an educator, a social services professional, an arts administrator, an activist, and a theater artist, born and raised in Portland. As an actor, he has appeared onstage with numerous theater companies in Portland and beyond, as well as in self-produced, original work. In 2018, the Regional Arts and Culture Council honored Paul for outstanding contributions to local theater and culture. For five years, Paul specialized in managing new emergency homeless shelters for Transition Projects. He currently serves as a site supervisor for the Outdoor School with the Multnomah Education Service District, where he goes by the camp name “Badger.” He has served as a facilitator for the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project program "Does Higher Education Matter?"


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