What it Means to Be a Mainer: Think & Drink

We’ve all had deep discussions with our friends while we’re out at night—why not add a couple of experts to the mix and really take it up a notch? That’s the idea behind Think & Drink, a happy-hour series in partnership with SPACE Gallery in Portland that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The series invites you to participate in a facilitated public conversation with two panelists who have expertise in the subject at hand. The idea isn’t to create consensus but, rather, to foster an open interplay of viewpoints and perspectives.

The theme for this year’s series is “In a Networked World.” How does our highly networked, plugged-in culture affect the way we relate to each other and to the world around us? Join bloggers, cultural scholars, and other thought leaders to explore each month’s topic.

The sessions are free and do not require registration.

DateTime Topic Location
Mar. 5, 2014 6 – 7:30 pm Race in a Networked World SPACE Gallery, Portland
Panelists: Shay Stewart-Bouley (Community Change, Inc. and blogger "Black Girl in Maine;" @blackgirlinmain), Ingrid Nelson (Bowdoin College) and Alondra Nelson (@alondra; Columbia University)

Apr. 2, 2014 6 – 7:30 pm Food in a Networked World SPACE Gallery, Portland
Panelists: Joe Appel (Rosemont Market and Bakery; @rosemontmarket) and Myron Beasley (Bates College)

May 7, 2014 6 – 7:30 pm Truth in a Networked World SPACE Gallery, Portland
Panelists: Alex Steed (Knack Factory and Bangor Daily News blogger; @alexsteed) and Jason Read (University of Southern Maine; @unnegatron)

June 4, 2014 6 - 7:30 pmIntimacy in a Networked World SPACE Gallery, Portland
Panelists: Pete Coviello (Bowdoin College; @pcoviell) and Eden Osucha (Bates College)

Portland Public Library's Choose Civility Initiative has volunteered to share book lists to go with each topic. Check out the first installments: 'Talking About Race' and 'The Global Politics of Food and Water

Questions? Please contact Anne Schlitt at annes@mainehumanities.org or Nicole Rancourt at Nicole@mainehumanities.org or call 773-5051.

Think and Drink originated with the Oregon Humanities Council in "the other Portland." We thank them for sharing!