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It isn't enough to say we "need" the humanities because we ARE the humanities. They are gifts to us from our predecessors, ancestors, and contemporaries. They represent the imagination, [the] innovative, and ask us to think deeply—as the greatest philosophers and artists have always asked us for the last 2,500 years—about our experience, and to think beyond the various intellectually lazy forms of ideology circulating in America today.

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Think & Drink

Think & Drink brings hosted conversations on provocative topics and new ideas to pubs and tasting rooms around the state.

Hosted Conversation Series Takes the Humanities Out for a Nightcap

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Our Think & Drink program brings hosted conversations to pubs and tasting rooms on provocative topics and new ideas around the state. Past events tackled topics from Prohibition to consumerism, and sparked lively conversation about morality, religion, history, and politics.

Our next Think & Drink events will center around a common theme: Race, Place, and Culture with events planned for Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima, and Spokane.

 

Upcoming Think & Drink Events:

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  • May 26 in Seattle

Topic: Last Rights: The Ethics of the Death Penalty

From Governor Jay Inslee’s moratorium on executions, to a recent bill that would have abolished capital punishment, the people of Washington State are increasingly questioning the use of the death penalty. Yet deep philosophical questions linger that aren’t often addressed in the usual arguments for and against—and that can’t be solely answered with data. “Last Rights: The Ethics of the Death Penalty” will delve into the philosophical and cultural underpinnings of capital punishment.

Speakers: Dorothy Van Soest, writer, professor emeritus, and former dean at the University of Washington; and David E. Smith, philosopher at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington. Moderated by KUOW's Ross Reynolds.

When: 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Where: Naked City, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle, WA  98103 
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Flier: Last Rights

  • May 27 in Seattle

Topic: Last Rights: The Ethics of the Death Penalty

From Governor Jay Inslee’s moratorium on executions, to a recent bill that would have abolished capital punishment, the people of Washington State are increasingly questioning the use of the death penalty. Yet deep philosophical questions linger that aren’t often addressed in the usual arguments for and against—and that can’t be solely answered with data. “Last Rights: The Ethics of the Death Penalty” will delve into the philosophical and cultural underpinnings of capital punishment.

Speakers: Dorothy Van Soest, writer, professor emeritus, and former dean at the University of Washington; and David E. Smith, philosopher at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington. Moderated by KUOW's Ross Reynolds.

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Where: The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98118 
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Flier: Last Rights

 

  • June 8 in Seattle

Topic: Unveiled: Feminism, Orientalism, and Perceptions of the Middle East

From dramatic events like the attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai to the everyday wearing of the hijab in many parts of the Middle East, the lens through which the West views Middle Eastern women is often focused on their oppression—either real or perceived. How accurate is this lens? Where do our views of the Middle East come from? And what does modern Middle Eastern feminism look like? Presented in conjunction with ACT Theatre's production of Threesome.

Speakers: Yussef El Guindi, award-winning playwright of Threesome; and Sarah Eltantawi, professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Comparative Religion at The Evergreen State College. Moderated by Zaki Barak Hamid, program director at Humanities Washington and Middle Eastern film instructor at Edmonds Community College.

When: 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 8, 2015

Where: Naked City, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle, WA  98103

Flier: Unveiled 

 

  • June 23 in Seattle

Topic: Earth, Interrupted: Climate Change and Geo-engineering

Speakers: Lauren Hartzell Nichols, environmental specialist and professor of philosophy, and Thomas Ackerman, professor of atmospheric sciences at University of Washington. Moderated by Ashley Ahearn, environmental reporter at KUOW.

When: 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Where: Naked City, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle, WA  98103

Flier: Climate Change

 

  • June 30 in Seattle

Topic: Earth, Interrupted: Climate Change and Geo-engineering

Speakers: Lauren Hartzell Nichols, environmental specialist and professor of philosophy, and Thomas Ackerman, professor of atmospheric sciences at University of Washington. Moderated by Ashley Ahearn, environmental reporter at KUOW.

When: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Where: The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98118

Flier: Climate Change

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