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Dinners Aim to Discuss 'What Divides Us'

Indiana Humanities


Tuesday evening Indiana Humanities is bringing groups across the state together over dinner for a discussion on ‘what divides us.’

The ‘Chew on This’ program from Indiana Humanities is a semi-annual dinner when community members are invited to share a meal over a topic of conversation.

A new two-year initiative by the group, called IN-seperable, is meant to explore how Hoosiers relate across dividing lines.

Leah Nahmias is the director of programs and community engagement at Indiana Humanities.

“Let’s get people together and make a meal together and then talk about what we have in common and what divides us and try to get to understand people.”

Nahmias said facilitators will be at each site to help keep the conversation going.

The dinners are taking place Tuesday evening at restaurants across the state including in South Bend and Warsaw.


City and Restarant Information


Restaurant: Taxman Brewing

Facilitator: Dana Monson, CEO, Johnson County Development Corp.



Restaurant: The Sherman

Facilitator: Tory Flynn, director of communications, Hillenbrand



Restaurant: divvy

Rima Shahid, executive director, Women4Change Indiana


Fort Wayne

Restaurant: Próximo

Facilitator: John Christensen, Fort Wayne magazine



Restaurant: Ambrosia

Facilitator: Terri Jett, professor of political science, Butler University


Restaurant: Rooster's Kitchen

Facilitator: Tim Swarens, journalist


New Albany

Restaurant: Pints & Union

Facilitator: Roger Baylor, blogger

Host organization: ArtSeed



Location: Carnegie Center

Facilitator: Dan Hawthorne, history teacher

Host organization: Jasper Newton Foundation


South Bend

Restaurant: Tapastrie

Facilitator: Micah Towery, writer and scholar



Restaurant: rua

Facilitator: Brenda Rigdon, development director, Kosciusko County Community Foundation


Registration is found on the Indiana Humanities Eventbrite