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Think & Drink

Hosted Conversation Series Takes the Humanities Out for a Nightcap


Humanities Washington’s Think & Drink events are hosted conversations at pubs and tasting rooms on provocative topics and new ideas. Past events tackled topics from Prohibition to consumerism, and sparked lively conversation about morality, religion, history, and politics. Events are held throughout the year in Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima, and Spokane.

In 2016, Humanities Washington is featuring a series of Think & Drink events on the intersection of climate change and the humanities. To get updates, watch this space or subscribe to our mailing list.

Upcoming events:

o    February 17  in Seattle

“The Necessity Defense: Climate Change and Civil Disobedience”

In September 2014, five protesters blocked an oil train in Everett for over eight hours. They were arrested and later tried, and at the heart of their argument was “The Necessity Defense”—the assertion that their actions, though illegal, were necessary to prevent a greater harm. At the last minute, the judge told the jury not to consider the defense, citing lack of precedent. But still the protesters, dubbed the Delta 5, were found guilty only of trespassing and they avoided jail time.

As climate change worsens, what role will civil disobedience play? How far is too far? Can lack of access to things like clean air be considered a civil right in the traditional sense? And what parallels can be drawn between the 60s Civil Rights movement and the actions of environmental protestors like the Delta 5 and “kayaktivists?”

Speakers: Abby Brockway, a member of the Delta 5 and part of the environmental activist group Rising Tide Seattle; Richard Gammon, professor of oceanography and chemistry at the University of Washington; and Megan Ming Francis, assistant professor in the department of Political Science at the University of Washington and author of the award-winning book, Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State. The event will be moderated by KUOW’s environmental reporter Ashley Ahearn.

This Think & Drink event is presented in collaboration with Cascadia Climate Action. Media sponsor: KUOW.

When: 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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

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