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Humanitini – Where happy hour meets the humanities!

Humanitini is the name of the drink and the name of the program! These exciting happy hour conversations bring panels of academics, culture curators, musicians, experts, or whomever the occasion might call for into bars and restaurants for lively conversation and intellectual debate. Our signature “think and drink” program brings Washingtonians together to discuss issues that are timely, engaging, entertaining, and usually all of the above!

No two Humanitinis follow the exact same format, but generally: the panelists speak for 3-5 minutes each to help frame the discussion, and then the moderator will turn things over to the audience. Within the first 20 minutes or so, a crackling dialogue drives the program. Sometimes funny, sometimes provocative, always entertaining; these are conversations that you won’t hear anywhere else in DC!

HumanitiesDC will celebrate the 225th birthday of the Nation’s Capital by carrying out a year-long series of historic and cultural programs, all of which will engage DC residents and visitors in learning about the city’s illustrious history. Our programming will use DC’s history and evolution as a means to comprehend the current issues that DC residents face today.  HumanitiesDC specializes in bringing thought provoking civic conversations to diverse audiences across the city. Our programs challenge DC residents to embrace new ideas while encouraging them to remember the city’s vibrant heritage and culture.

Do you have a great idea for a Humanitini topic? Is your favorite watering-hole an ideal venue? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, and we’ll check it out!

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Series Schedule: 

January 7, 2016

Humanitini: DC’s Tapestry of Regional Cultures
Busboys and Poets – Brookland
Since its founding, Washington, DC has reflected the regional cultures brought to the city by waves of new residents from around the country. Join us as we trace those regional cultures and the impact they have had on life in Washington.


February 4, 2016
Humanitini: National Symbol, City of Neighborhoods
Busboys and Poets – 5th & K
Washington is often at odds with itself over its status as the nation’s capital. Residents can feel both pride in the city’s iconic national monuments and frustration at those hallowed sites’ ability to eclipse DC’s neighborhoods and communities.


March 3, 2016
Humanitini: Movin’ to the Burbs
Busboys and Poets – Takoma
Arlington County and the City of Alexandria were once part of the 10×10 square mile District of Columbia. In many ways residents of these jurisdictions and other Washington suburbs are isolated from the city’s core by more than just political boundaries.


April 7, 2016
Humanitini: The Man with the (Urban) Plan
Busboys and Poets – 14th & V
In the 1860s, Montgomery C. Meigs laid the foundation for the city’s current urban plan, unintentionally clustering neighborhoods around the forts he ordered constructed as defenses during the Civil War. Modern planners and local community leaders will discuss the legacy of this plan, and how it has helped or hindered the physical and social development of the city.


May 5, 2016
Humanitini: Who’s the Boss?
Busboys and Poets – Brookland
Alexander “Boss” Shepherd defined local government for a generation in Washington, DC, and his, at times, autocratic rule set off a tug of war between local politicians and the federal government that continues to this day. Join us as we try to determine just who runs this town.

June 2, 2016
Humanitini: Destination DC
Busboys and Poets – 5th & K
By the late 19th century, the United States was shedding its isolationist trappings and it needed a style to match. The McMillan Plan gave the city its monumental core, made it into an internationally recognized symbol of power, and started the engines of thousands of tour buses.

July 7, 2016
Humanitini: The Modern DC Woman
Busboys and Poets – 14th & V
Drawing on a legacy of activism and political involvement, women in DC today have access to the city’s top jobs. But does this apparent success belie persistent inequalities? Join us as we ask women in politics, government and the private sector.

August 4, 2016
Humanitini: Home of the March and Rally
Busboys and Poets – Takoma
From the Bonus Army to the Million Man March, Washington, DC is the place to make your voice heard. Protestors, activists, and concerned citizens from across the country make the trek to DC where they believe they can make their case on a national stage. We’ll discuss how public protest has changed over the last 100 years in Washington? How has it been effective? How is it changing? Will the next march take place entirely on Instagram?

September 1, 2016
Humanitini: Laboratory of Democracy
Busboys and Poets – 14th & V
As a Federal District, Washington often serves as a proving ground for the national government’s most ground breaking political experiments. From compensated emancipation nearly nine months prior to Lincoln’s famous proclamation to Bolling v Sharpe which was decided in favor of integrating the city’s public schools, major societal transformations always seem to happen first in Washington.

October 6, 2016
Humanitini: Marion Barry, Jr. and Dream City
Busboys and Poets – 14th & V
DC’s Mayor for Life has long been one of the most polarizing figures in Washington, DC history, persistently reviled by some and beloved by others. Add your perspective and help us uncover the real story.

November 3, 2016
Humanitini: The High cost of Safety
Busboys and Poets – 5th & K
In the 1990s, Washington, DC began to emerge from the depths of two crippling epidemics: drugs and violence. We’ll explore how the turnaround was engineered, and ask whether or not it came with a price.

December 1, 2016
Humanitini: No Taxation Without Representation
Busboys and Poets – 14th & V
What does the future hold for DC’s political autonomy, and Congressional representation? We’ll ask a panel of experts approaching the issue from various creative avenues.

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