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Think and Drink at Gilbert Cellars: The Divided Library

Gilbert Cellars Downtown Tasting Room
5 North Front St.
Yakima, WA
🕔 October 11, 2017, 19:00

Humanities WA Presents: Think & Drink

Think & Drink events are hosted conversations at pubs and tasting rooms on provocative topics and new ideas. Scholars, experts, artists, or activists from a variety of disciplines participate in a moderated discussion, with a strong emphasis on audience participation. Events are held periodically throughout the year in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, and Yakima.

October 11, 2017
The Big Split: The Divided Library

Though seldom mentioned as a factor in our increasingly divided country, the stories we tell about one another matter. Stories are the glue that hold a culture together—but they can also act as a wedge to drive cultures apart.

Perhaps the solution to our polarized moment resides in the stories we hear and tell about each other. As participants in a democracy, do we have a responsibility to bridge our cultural divides through the literature and media we consume, or does that place an undue burden on what should be a pleasurable and personal activity?

The Divided Library invites us to consider the ways literature and media have the potential to break down walls between cultures and get us closer to our common humanity.

Gonzaga University professor Jessica Maucione and University of Washington senior lecturer Anu Taranath explore the power of story by discussing two books that encouraged them to re-examine their biases and see the world from a different point of view. Join us for an engaging conversation as we discuss the books and media that give us pause or a different perspective on a culture, religion, or social class to which we do not belong. How might our society shift if we broadened the stories we hear and tell?

Date 11 October
Time 19:00
Venue Gilbert Cellars Downtown Tasting Room
5 North Front St.
Yakima, WA

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