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 that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The series invites you to participate in a facilitated public conversation with public intellectuals 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. Join us and enjoy guided philosophical discussion, a pint of locally crafted beer and snacks, included in your ticket price.
Spring 2017 Think&Drink Line-UP
12-2 PM - Doors Open at 11:30 $15 - Ticket includes one drink All Participants must be 21 or over
Tickets can be purchased online by selecting the corresponding links below, or by visiting the NDHC office downtown: 418 E Broadway Ave. Suite 8.
Call 701.255.3360 for more information.
March 26: Dragon Ladies and Iron Thrones: Women Leadership in Game of Thrones
How do the presentations of female leadership in the Game of Thrones series reflect on the challenges of women in establishing leadership in political and other institutions in society? Are women obliged to present an alternative model for holding and conducting power? How compatible are conventional norms of gender with the potential requirements for violence and coercion that many observers see as crucial for success in the act of governing and the arts of politics? How has the experience of female political leaders been similar to those of Martin’s fictional characters? Familiarity with the Game of Thrones series NOT required.
Dr. Steven Doherty is a Professor of Political Science and Social Science Department Chair at Dickinson State University. He received his doctorate in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago in 1999. His research interests and publications include the impact of energy development on political behavior in boomtown communities, minority group voting behavior, and the political career of Theodore Roosevelt. He loves science fiction and fantasy novels and political and historical fiction, especially the works of Tolkien, CS Lewis and the Game of Thrones series by George RR Martin.
April 30: How to Keep Caring: Battling Moral Fatigue
We have heard about medical professionals and charity workers experiencing “compassion fatigue” and “crisis fatigue,” but does the sustained practice of moral attention itself imply an underside of fatigue? If fatigue is inevitable with moral attentiveness, should it be managed or cured—or is there something valuable in our moral weariness? Might the fatigue that accompanies attention be a precursor to important social awakening, resistance, even rebellion against a harmful status quo?
Dr. Rebecca Rozelle-Stone is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Women and Gender Studies at the University of North Dakota. She grew up in a small farm town in Alabama and studied philosophy for her B.A. (Birmingham-Southern College, 2000), M.A. and Ph.D. (Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2009). She is working on her third volume exploring the thought of the French social activist, philosopher, and mystic, Simone Weil, and she served as the President of the American Weil Society from 2014-2016. Rozelle-Stone has a growing interest in analyzing phenomena like pain, distraction, and moral fatigue in relation to social forces like technological inundation and neoliberalism.
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A North Dakota native, Tayo Basquiat is Professor of Philosophy at Bismarck State College and he has served as chair of the North Dakota Humanities Council. In addition, Tayo is a farmer, a grateful cultivator of delicious gifts from the earth. He is equally at home mountain biking the Maah Daah Hey Trail in the rugged badlands as he is discussing current events and great literature over a meal of fine food and drink with friends.
February 26, 2017: Rising Temps: beyond arguing about climate change
Presented by Dr. Ken Foster
Why has climate change become such an emotional and divisive issue for so many people on both the left and the right? Does it have something to do with how values and ideology shape our views on climate change? And the million dollar question: how can conservatives and liberals engage together in productive and respectful conversations about climate change, finding common ground and moving beyond hyper-polarized partisan politics?
Dr. Ken Foster is an Associate Professor of political science and chair of the Global Studies Program at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. His teaching and research involves questions about democracy, citizen activism, sustainable development, environmental politics and policy, and politics in China. He is currently involved in a research project with students on how partisan and ideological divides can be bridged to achieve progress in addressing climate change and other environmental problems. For the past six years at Concordia, Foster has served as chair of the President's Sustainability Council. In this capacity, he has worked with units across the college to promote sustainability in both the operational and educational sides of the college. Most recently, as director of a $550,000 grant in support of the college's sustainability initiatives, he has spearheaded the expansion of the Concordia organic garden, the creation of a Fargo-Moorhead Sustainability Network, and an extensive faculty development program. Foster previously taught at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and has spent extensive time in China and Taiwan. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
October 16, 2016: The Paradox of Facing and Fixing Suffering
Presented by Scott Samuelson
A fully human way of dealing with suffering involves a paradox, both accepting and combating suffering. There are lots of way that the rubber meets the road here: particularly to questions about how we deal with death, how we deal with disease, how we deal with risk, how deal with crime, how we deal with terrorism. All of these topics will be on the table as we think and drink about what it means to be human.
Scott Samuelson studied philosophy at Grinnell College and Emory University. Since 2000 he has taught at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa. Inspired by his students, he wrote his first book The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone. He also hosts Ethical Perspectives on the News, a Sunday-morning talk show. For a decade he moonlighted as an occasional sous-chef at Simone’s Plain and Simple, a French restaurant on a gravel road. He’s published articles in the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Philosopher’s Magazine, and The Atlantic. On top of his job at Kirkwood, he teaches philosophy at Oakdale Prison. He’s currently working on his second book, Seven Ways of Looking at Pointless Suffering.
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