McMenamins Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan St
July 10, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Americans have never been shy about professing pride in and love for our young nation—a nation that many of us are also constantly criticizing and striving to change. How do we reconcile defining ourselves both as part of and in opposition to the land we call home? Join Oregon Humanities in taking a look at our relationship to our nation in the 2014 Think & Drink series, Private.
We think of marriage as the union of two people brought together of their own free will by love, but that hasn’t always been the case. The nature of marriage, like sex, parenthood, and other private relationships, has evolved over time, and government regulation has evolved with it. Since before the founding of the United States, laws have regulated who in America is allowed to marry, and how, and when.
Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and serves as director of research and public education at the Council on Contemporary Families. She will discuss the history and present state of government intervention in private relationships with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities.
Coontz is the author of seven books on marriage and family life, including A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s, Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage, and The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap.
Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that invites the public to think and talk together about big ideas. All events will take place at McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub, 1624 NW Glisan St., Portland. Doors at 5 p.m.; program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 recommended donation. Minors are allowed when accompanied by an adult.