Upcoming Pair of Think & Drinks to Look at Race and Class in Schools

On Different Tracks: Race, Class and Education to spark conversation in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood May 21 and Columbia City neighborhood May 28.

Think & DrinkJoin Humanities Washington for our next Think & Drink event, On Different Tracks: Race, Class and Education, at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse in Greenwood May 21 and The Royal Room in Columbia City May 28.

These events will bring community members together in comfortable, restaurant settings for open discussions on the difficult subjects of race, class and education. We will ask: How does race and socioeconomic status affect educational access and achievement? What are the challenges of teaching a changing student population? And how do these issues play out in the Seattle area?

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What: On Different Tracks: Race, Class and Education, a Think & Drink conversation

  • When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    Where: Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103 [Directions]
    You must be at least 21 years old to enter the main discussion room.
  • When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014
    Where: The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118 [Directions]
    No age restrictions

Cost: Free
On the Web: humanities.org/programs/think-drink
Questions? Email Zaki Abdelhamid at zaki@humanities.org or call 206.682.1770 x102

Even though high school dropout rates are declining nationwide, those rates still differ markedly by race and socioeconomic status. In Washington state in 2010, graduation rates were at 73% for white students, 69% for Asian students, 55% for Latino students, 51% for black students and only 31% for Native American students. (Source: Report by Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center.)

This discussion will be led by Wayne Au and Claudia Rowe and moderated by Tonya Mosley. A former Seattle Public high school teacher and graduate of Garfield, Au is an associate professor of education at the University of Washington, Bothell, where he also serves as chair of the campus Diversity Council. Rowe has been an award-winning social issues journalist for more than 20 years, writing most recently for The New York Times, Mother Jones and The Seattle Times. Mosley is a broadcast reporter and regular contributor to Al Jazeera America, The Huffington Post and KUOW-FM.

This Think & Drink is part of Humanities Washington’s themed 2014 Think & Drink series: Race, Place and Culture. This series will address the intersections and impacts of race, place and culture on lives around our state. Look for more events in this series later this year.

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