Chew on This

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. Topics have included the 25th anniversary of the Pan Am Games, ethnic identity and food, agriculture and prohibition (“Moonshine and Morality”).

Previous events have included:

TMI: A #chewonthis for the cyber savvy generation
Sat., June 29 5:30 p.m.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Kids between the ages of 13-17 joined us for a special “Chew on This” event for the cyber savvy generation. In small groups, teens had dinner and conversation – the face-to-face kind – about the pros and cons about texting, tweeting and other technology. The chat was informal, parents-free and led by a fellow teen.

Chew On This: Crossroads 1987
Wed., Aug. 22, 2012 6 p.m.

A series of dinner conversations at 10 venues around Indianapolis to discuss the success, failures and lasting impact of the Games on its 25th anniversary. See pictures.

In the early 1980s, Indianapolis was at a crossroads. Civic leaders boldly developed a vision that set the city on its path to becoming the Amateur Sports Capitol of the World and turned its citizens into “professional” volunteers. Much like Super Bowl XLVI, the 1987 Pan Am Games put Indianapolis on the map.

Facilitators included:  Ted Boehm, Mark Miles, Sandy Knapp, Gerry Dick, John Krauss, Marshawn Wolley, Chris Gahl, Molly Chavers, Jack Swarbrick and Gary Roberts.

Each location also had a designated “tweeter” to take notes on the conversation and share it with those who couldn’t join us. Some of our favorites included:

@YelpIndy: “you don’t have to be elected or anointed to make change.” -mark miles. @INHumanities#chewonthis

@jenniedwards: Anyone else think cross generational convos like this do not happen enough #chewonthis

Read the tweets from the night.


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