Since 2008, Oregon Humanities has hosted a variety of thought-provoking conversations for the public, centered around scintillating speakers and adult beverages. Calling it Think & Drink, the happy hour series is a sort of modern-day salon, encouraging public discussions about the humanities in a community forum setting.
Their initiative has inspired several other state councils, including Washington, Maine, Oklahoma, and Alabama. Read about Oklahoma’s recent success this summer at a bar in Oklahoma City, where a professor and local business owner discussed gender equality over a pint or two. In June, the Alabama Humanities Foundation hosted a lively conversation about the "danger of art" at Avondale Brewing Company in Birmingham.
Whether it’s at a bistro in Spokane or a modern art gallery in Portland, state councils are providing the funding and support to bring humanities into the public arena--with a little liquid help.