Saturday, November 8, 2008

Think & Drink

OCH [Oregon Council for the Humanities] Launches Think & Drink Pub Series

Don your thinking cap and join OCH for happy hour.

How do advertisers shape who we are and what we desire? Is America's consumer culture crippling our democracy? Is competition between different alternative lifestyles--from buying green and local to buying less and doing it yourself--preventing real progress toward sustainability?

Explore these and other questions at OCH's new Think & Drink happy hour conversations, which, in 2008-09, invite Portlanders to think and talk together about consumer culture. All events will be held at rontoms, 600 E. Burnside in Portland, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, December 3, join us for the first Think & Drink event with Jelly Helm , former executive creative director of Wieden + Kennedy's Portland headquarters and founder of 12, Wieden + Kennedy's experimental in-house advertising school. Helm will discuss advertising's role in creating our desires and shaping our identities.

On February 11, the second event in the series will explore the conflicting aims of capitalism and democracy. The final conversation on April 22 will include a panel representing alternative economies currently developing in Portland.

With programs like Think & Drink, OCH aims to engage Oregonians in interactive, meaningful discussions. "People are hungry for public conversation, not just about issues of the moment, but also about ideas that fundamentally shift how we think," says program director Jennifer Allen. "Think & Drink offers an hour of smart, provocative conversation, cocktails optional."

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