Imagine TGIFing with friends at a bar after a long school week, then bumping into your scariest professor and his other scary buddies.
Well, Raising the Bar are here to change that. They’re hosting Asia’s inaugural event in Hong Kong on the 31st of March (Tues) at bars scattered around Central, Sheung Wan and Soho, where you can grab drinks with academics from local universities and discuss freely (with drinks to loosen you up and make you hyper talkative, of course) about social issues ranging from internet freedom, ethnic tensions to local technological innovation.
Nightlife culture is not only about clubbing and get shwasted. The organizers of Raising the Bar believe that drinking culture can also foster meaningful conversations over a relaxed environment. They aim to bring outstanding higher educators from the ivory tower to a wider community and inspire the next generation, especially university students and young professionals.
“We are all inundated by tidal waves of content each day, but how can we cut out all the noise and stick to quality content?” says Eppie Lau, organizer of Raising the Bar Hong Kong
Raising the Bar is aiming for a casual format with their talks. Academics will speak for ~ 30 minutes and then mingle with the crowd. The organization believes that having actual conversations face-to-face is a much more meaningful learning experience than a boring 1 vs 200 student lecture in this day and age. Lau challenges everyone to drop their keyboards or phones and debate with your professors with beer (maybe beer pong afterwards?).
Where Beer Meets Knowledge: “Raising the Bar” to Take Education to Local Pubs
Venues: Boom Art Bar, Club 71, Culture Club, Fringe Club, Kee Club, Libertine, Little Lab Central, Orange Peel, Salon No.10, and Sense 99
Guest Speakers: Avron Boretz (CUHK), Cesar Harada (Goldsmiths), Chan Sze-Chi (BU), Dekai Wu (HKUST), Jason Ng (HKU), Karen Laidler (HKU), Kristof van den Troost (CUHK), Lokman Tsui (CUHK), Puja Kapai (HKU), Xu Xi (City U)
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