Marijuana and Civil Rights in America: A European Perspective

Renowned travel writer and public television host Rick Steves shows that U.S. promotion of marijuana is strikingly similar to the prohibition on alcohol during the 1930s — ineffective, wasteful and counter–productive. He will argue that a European perspective on the issue offers some possible alternatives — alternatives which may seem radical to people in the United States — but which have been proven to work. While emphasizing that he is not in favor of drug use by anyone, Rick Steves believes that the European emphasis on harm reduction — rather than criminalization — offers a possible way forward for the U.S. In a way, this comparative approach is a good illustration of Steves’ belief that thoughtful travel can inspire creative new solutions to persistent problems.

This is not a Seminar Series event.

6:30 PM