Oregon Humanities: Think & Drink - Making Democracy
Join us January 22 for the second conversation of our 2019–20 Portland Think & Drink series, Making Democracy. At this event, we'll talk about democracy, justice, and the courts with three major figures in criminal justice in Oregon: Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson, Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson, and Shannon Wight, deputy director of Partnership for Safety and Justice.
Think & Drink is an onstage conversation series that explores provocative ideas and fresh perspectives. Come prepared to listen, watch, and engage.
When: Wednesday, January 22, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
We invite you to stay after the program for snacks and conversation. Minors are welcome when accompanied by an adult.
Where: The Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Portland
The Alberta Rose Theatre is accessible by Trimet bus lines 17, 70, and 72. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
Tickets: General admission tickets for this event are $15. Click here to purchase tickets.
To make sure as many people as possible who want to attend are able to, a small portion of tickets are available at no cost. If you’re able to pay for a ticket, we ask that you do so to help keep this program accessible to all. Click here to reserve no-cost tickets.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Ben Waterhouse at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 241-0543, ext. 122.
Our community partners for the series are Next Up, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, League of Women Voters of Oregon, League of Women Voters of Portland, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, Unite Oregon, and Write Around Portland.
About Our Guests
Justice Adrienne Nelson was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court on January 2, 2018, making her the first African American to sit on the state’s highest court and on any appellate state court. Her election to a six-year term in November 2018 made her the first African American woman elected statewide in Oregon. In 2006, she was appointed as a trial judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon, making her the second African American female judge in the state of Oregon.
Throughout her career, Justice Nelson has been involved in many national, state, local, and specialty bar associations, often serving in a leadership capacity. In the Portland community, she sits on the Reed College Board of Trustees and the Oregon Community Foundation Portland Leadership Council where she chairs the Outreach to the Black Community committee. She also sits on the Girl Scouts Beyond the Bars (GSBB) Advisory Board and the Self-Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) Board of Directors both of which she formerly chaired.
John M. Haroldson was elected Benton County District Attorney in November 2008, following his appointment in February 2007 by Governor Ted Kulongoski. Prior to his appointment, he served as Benton County's Chief Deputy District Attorney, a position he held since 2002. Haroldson began his prosecution career in 1988 as an intern-prosecutor for the City of Albany and later as a Linn County Deputy District Attorney.
The son of a Scandinavian father and a Mexican mother, Haroldson was raised both in the Pacific Northwest and in Monterrey, Mexico. He holds the honor of serving as Oregon's first Mexican-American District Attorney. Haroldson has been recognized by the Oregon Crime Victims Assistance Network and the Oregon Humane Society for excellence in prosecution. He serves as adjunct faculty for Willamette University School of Law and the National College of District Attorneys.
Shannon Wight has twenty years of experience transforming criminal and juvenile justice systems in Oregon and Louisiana. As a policy advocate, strategist, and direct service provider, she’s led efforts to establish and implement many of the leading-edge public safety and criminal justice reforms of the past two decades. She cofounded the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and served as policy director for Innocence Project New Orleans. In 2008, she began her role as deputy director at Partnership for Safety and Justice, where she sets and drives the organization’s integrated approach to reform, addressing the needs and rights of people who commit crimes, people who are victims of crime, and the families and communities of both. She is a proud single mom to a fabulous daughter and stepson.
The 2019–20 Think & Drink series is made possible thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oregon Cultural Trust, Stoel Rives LLP, Tonkon Torp LLP, the Kinsman Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.