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Lively discussion at Ideas on Tap in Portsmouth. Photo by Deb Cram.




Ideas on Tap: The American Dream

When: Thursday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Killarney’s Irish Pub, 9 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua
Cost: Admission is free; optional registration at nhhc.org. 




Cheers to ideas
NH Humanities Council brings conversation to pubs

02/19/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



As a way to encourage people to talk about contemporary topics in an open atmosphere — specifically, over a cold pint of beer — the New Hampshire Humanities Council will host a discussion about the American Dream on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in Nashua, the latest event in its Ideas on Tap series.

“We do a lot of programming that involves what we call ‘civic reflection,’ allowing people to talk about important issues of our time,” said Anne Coughlin, marketing director for the New Hampshire Humanities Council. 
The New Hampshire Humanities Council is a private non-profit that funds and creates public programming for subjects like literature, history and philosophy. In honor of its 40th anniversary, the council decided to introduce a new roster of programs. 
“We’re trying to do 40 programs this year, and some of them will be more traditional, but [we also have] some new programs in new places,” Coughlin said. 
One of the new programs in new places is Ideas on Tap. The idea behind the series is to have humanities-related events in places that give those who may not be familiar with the Humanities Council the chance to experience it in a comfortable setting.
The next discussion centers on the American Dream and what it means in today’s society. Held at Killarney’s Irish Pub in Nashua, the discussion will be facilitated by Jack Resch and Reginald Wilburn, professors at the University of New Hampshire.
“It’s not a lecture. … It’s an opportunity for people to talk together about something,” Coughlin said. 
While the facilitators have knowledge and experience pertaining to the discussion, Coughlin said, they are there to guide the conversation and offer perspective. Other Ideas on Tap topics range anywhere from privacy and big data in the age of the Internet to intellectual property. 
The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with time for people to meet one another, sample complimentary appetizers provided by the council and enjoy the cash bar. The conversation will start at 6 p.m. 
“[It’s] very much a group discussion,” Coughlin said. “[The facilitators] are truly facilitating, leading, encouraging, reflecting. The point of it is to give people an opportunity to speak to each other.” 
 
As seen in the February 19, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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