April 18, 2017
“Chew on This: Are You Sure?” to be held May 9 across the state

Hoosiers are invited to participate in a unique conversation model at restaurants across the state to discuss the nature of evidence and the ways we decide if it is reliable and valid. On May 9, Indiana Humanities will host simultaneous dinner conversations from 6:30-8 p.m. called “Chew on This: Are You Sure” at nearly a dozen restaurants from Valparaiso to Jasper.

Hoosiers are invited to participate in a unique conversation model at restaurants across the state to discuss the nature of evidence and the ways we decide if it is reliable and valid. On May 9, Indiana Humanities will host simultaneous dinner conversations from 6:30-8 p.m. called “Chew on This: Are You Sure” at nearly a dozen restaurants from Valparaiso to Jasper. At each location, the table’s conversation will be led by an expert facilitator, someone who grapples with questions about evidence, truth and validity every day, and why they matter.

“We love programs where people gather around a shared meal because it breaks down barriers and encourages conversation,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “How do we know if something is true? What counts as evidence? How we answer these questions as individuals and as a society affects the choices we make—everything from how we read the news and vote, to how we choose the foods we eat and make healthcare decisions, to how our leaders set policy for the economy, the environment and more.”

Ticket prices range from $20-35 depending on the restaurant, and include the meal, a non-alcoholic drink, tax and tip. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for an additional cost at most locations. Space is limited and registration is required at https://chewonthisareyousure.eventbrite.com.

“The question of how we know what we know bridges both the sciences and the humanities, making it perfect for Indiana Humanities’ new thematic initiative Quantum Leap,” said Stephen J. Ruberg, a distinguished research fellow with Eli Lilly and Company. “I’m looking forward to hearing what curious and thoughtful Hoosiers have to say about this topic, and how I can relate it to my own experience.” Ruberg will facilitate one of the conversations in Indianapolis.

Chew on This is a program designed by Indiana Humanities to use the power of food and drink as a convener of people and catalyst for conversation to inspire thoughtful discussion on engaging topics. At multiple locations across the state, groups of 10-15 diners share a meal and conversation led by a trained facilitator. Indiana Humanities is partnering with Yelp on this event.

Facilitators include:

  • Andy Cullison, Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University | Greencastle
  • Jane Ellery, Wellness Management, Ball State University | Muncie
  • Jonathan Elmer, English, andWilliam Hetrick, Neuroscience, Indiana University | Bloomington
  • Mel Fox, Indiana State Museum and Central Indiana Science Outreach | Indianapolis
  • David Hoppe, Writer and Editor | Valparaiso
  • Alan Johnson, Vincennes University—Jasper | Jasper
  • Jason Kelly, IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute | Indianapolis
  • Stephen J. Ruberg, Advanced Analytics & Global Statistical Sciences, Eli Lilly and Company | Indianapolis
  • Winni Sullivan, Religious Studies, andElaine Monaghan, Media Studies, Indiana University | Bloomington
  • Susanne Wasson, Dow AgroSciences | Carmel
  • Deanna Wooley, IPFW Department of History | Fort Wayne

Participating restaurants include:

  • Indianapolis: Rooster’s Kitchen, Repeal
  • Carmel: Table at Market District
  • Bloomington: Finch’s Brasserie, Feast
  • Fort Wayne: J.K. O’Donnell’s
  • Greencastle: Almost Home Restaurant
  • Muncie: Vera Mae’s
  • Jasper: Brew

Get your tickets here: https://chewonthisareyousure.eventbrite.com.

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