Eat, Drink & Be Thoughtful was a great success!

28 June 2018

Eat, Drink & Be Thoughtful, our annual spring cocktail party and fundraiser, was a great success, with over 100 supporters and friends mingling while enjoying the lively tunes of jazz quartet 440 – Gypsy Jazz. The evening’s program featured a conversation with Professor Jonathan Kaufman, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and Director of Northeastern University's School of Journalism, moderated by Primary Source Program Director Susan Zeiger.

Professor Kaufman spoke about the role of the news media in our lives, how to talk about headline issues in the classroom, and the pros and cons of increased accessibility to news and media sources.  He also raised concerns about the polarization of news outlets and the diminution of shared conversations caused by these divides.  On a brighter note, Professor Kaufman commented that the proliferation of news outlets helps make getting information more accessible, though it places the responsibility to curate the news upon the consumer. 

Jonathan-and-SusanRemarking on the increasing diversity in our society, Professor Kaufman said “there is a real opportunity for organizations like Primary Source to educate students not just on the facts, but how to get the facts, how to get different perspectives, how to learn to talk to other people.” He described inspiring conversations in his classes amongst students of diverse backgrounds, and their idealism and energy in seeking engagement with the world.  This growing thirst for knowledge about our changing world amongst millenials, Professor Kaufman explained, is where he finds the most optimism. He then cited what is one of Primary Source’s most fundamental values:

“The importance of a global perspective is that this is the world we live in. Whether you are going to work for a company that will send you overseas or whether you are going to work with people with different perspectives, the world is becoming more and more diverse. Having that awareness is essential. It’s not [only] a nice thing to do, it’s not [only] a moral thing to do, it’s an essential thing to do if you are going to succeed in this the world.”

We will be posting full video of the conversation later this summer. To learn more about what we do, click here.




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