Thirster meetings have been described as “a salon that comes together for camaraderie, beer, and to discuss issues of common interest.”
Dr. Robert Textor was a young cultural anthropologist who worked at Peace Corps in the very first year. He created the “In, Up, and Out,” policy, helped to train Thailand I, and edited the classic “Cultural Frontiers of the Peace Corps.” When he moved to Portland, Oregon after his retirement from Stanford, he organized the Thirsters – A moveable Feast! John Dougherty now co-coordinates this group and would be willing to help start a Thirsters in Washington, DC.
Here is the description by John Dougherty:
“Thirsters: Originally organized by Robert B. Textor (Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Stanford) as a worldwide network in about 1997, Thirsters is an informal group of Peace Corps graduates, academics, public servants, business leaders, and other questioning individuals who discuss issues of peace, freedom, creativity, development, ethics, fairness, sustainability and respect for cultural differences. Most often examining topics through a social science lens, Thirster meetings have been described as “a salon that comes together for camaraderie, beer, and to discuss issues of common interest.” “Intercultural understanding” has often been identified as the primary concern of Thirsters. Bob Textor’s invitation to Thirsters: “We forgather at our Toping Tables EVERY Thursday of the year except holidays – rain or shine, earthquake, fire or flood — between 7 and 11 PM [presentations start at 7:30 PM]. Pop in when you wish, leave when you wish. Join us at: MCMENAMINS BROADWAY PUB, 1504 NE BROADWAY (AT NE 15th AVE), PORTLAND 97232. Whenever logistics permit and mood conduces — which we hope will be often — please feel free to join us at our Tables.” Thirster Custom for Paying for Food and Drink: Instead of each Thirster paying the restaurant separately, we pay for food and drink by putting cash into a hat located on each table. We pool the cash to pay for the McMenamin’s bill. Please not only put enough into the hat for your own food and drink (please check the menu price), but also add an extra 20-25% to cover the server’s gratuity and for the food and drink we provide to any presenter we may have. Thirster announcement content reflects the information provided by individual presenters and speakers, and does not necessarily represent the views of Thirsters or Thirster co-coordinators.”
UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSION TOPICS:
September 15th: Friends of Liberia – Stephanie Vickers
September 29th: El Salvador – Sher Davidson