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Think & Drink

Hosted Conversation Series Takes the Humanities Out for a Nightcap


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. Think & Drink events center around a common theme: Race, Place, and Culture, and events are held each year in Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima, and Spokane.

The next season of Think & Drink events will begin this fall in Seattle, Yakima, and Tacoma. To get updates, watch this space or subscribe to our mailing list.


o    November 19 in Tacoma

Topic: America Behind Bars: Mass Incarceration and Civil Rights

At 2.2 million, the United States locks up more of its citizens than any other country in the world, and this number has increased rapidly—500% to be exact—over just the last three decades. The issue has become so urgent that it’s one of the few problems President Obama, members of Congress, and even the Koch brothers agree needs to be solved. “America Behind Bars” will address the history behind the mass incarceration epidemic, the drug war’s influence on incarceration rates, the racial disparity between the general population and those incarcerated, and the rise of the private prison system.

Speakers: Madeline Neighly, attorney on the Institutions Project at Columbia Legal Services; Merf Ehman, staff attorney with the Institutions Project at Columbia Legal Services; and Katherine Beckett, professor in the Department of Sociology and the Law, Societies, and Justice Program at the University of Washington. Moderated by Zaki Barak Hamid, program director at Humanities Washington.

Think & Drink events in Tacoma are presented in collaboration with Immanuel Presbyterian Church and the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.

When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 2015

Where: Engine House No. 9 Banquet Room, 611 North Pine St., Tacoma, WA 98406

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