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Public Humanities Talk, How Beer Might Save Democracy, August 8, 2024 - 07/16/24



VANCOUVER — The Historic Trust and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging in-person conversation with Michael Goldsby, a member of the 2024-2026 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau program, on Thursday, August 8, 2024. 

About How Beer Might Save Democracy

Polarized politics have turned Americans against their fellow Americans. Pew reports that Americans’ contempt for opposing parties is “broader and deeper than in the recent past.” What are we to do?

Professor Michael Goldsby discusses a simple solution: get off social media and back into bars (or tasting rooms or coffee shops or even bowling alleys). Unlike social media, face-to-face meetings over a tasty beverage encourage finding a common ground and allow us to connect to one another in a more authentic, focused, and empathetic manner. If we are to take the marketplace of ideas seriously as a cornerstone of democracy, then achieving common ground is necessary. So, join us for drink and do your part to save democracy.

About Michael Goldsby

Michael Goldsby (he/him) is a beer enthusiast and associate professor of philosophy in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University. He earned his PhD in the philosophy of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a part of the Columbia FEW Storage Project, a team of researchers testing innovations to ensure food, energy, and water security in the Columbia River Basin throughout the 21st century and beyond. Goldsby lives in Pullman.

At a Glance

Who: Professor Michael Goldsby
What: How Beer Might Save Democracy
When: Thursday, August 8, 2024
Where: Red Cross Building, 605 Barnes St., Vancouver, WA 98661


This program is offered free of charge but seating is limited. Event registration available HERE.


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About Humanities Washington
Humanities Washington is a nonprofit organization dedicated to opening minds and bridging divides by creating spaces to explore different perspectives. For more about Humanities Washington, visit

About the Speakers Bureau Program
In communities throughout Washington State, Speakers Bureau presenters give free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, spiritual traditions, and everything in between.

Their roster of over 30 Speakers Bureau presenters is made up of professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but also for their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds. Hundreds of Speakers Bureau events take place each year. Find a Speakers Bureau event near you.

To reach as many Washingtonians as possible, Humanities Washington partners with a wide range of organizations, including libraries, schools, museums, historical societies, community centers, and civic organizations. Qualifying nonprofit organizations are encouraged to host a speaker.

The Speakers Bureau program is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Washington via the Office of the Secretary of State, the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, and generous contributions from other businesses, foundations, and individuals.

About The Historic Trust

The Historic Trust seeks to inspire civic pride through education, preservation and celebration of our community's history. For more information about The Historic Trust, visit

Special thanks to Umpqua Bank for their sponsorship support, and to the NAACP Vancouver for joining us as our promotional partner for the 2024 series of speaker events! 


Enjoy great music and tacos under the shady trees of the O.O. Howard House lawn located on Officers Row! (Photo) - 06/24/24

Thursday, July 11, 2024, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

Free admission. Delicious tacos and tasty beverages available for purchase from Bribe my Belly mobile food truck and Hot to Trot Mobile Beverage Bar. Local favorite Fadin' by 9 brings some fantastic bluegrass vibes ( Limited seating provided but feel free to bring along a lawn chair or picnic blanket. Bring along ID if visiting the 21 and over beer garden.

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