6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Ingrid Walker, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Washington-Tacoma, where she teaches courses on American studies, media, and culture.
Her work focuses on contemporary American culture, particularly the politics of film, music, television, comix, art, literature, evolving media forms and fashion.
Her book, High: Drugs, Desire, and a Nation of Users, is a cross-cultural study of how we think about, regulate, and use psychoactive drugs in the United States. It asks a fundamental question about drug policy and social norms in the United States: Why do we endorse the use of some drugs while criminalizing the use of others? This illogical separation shapes public policy, the justice system, research, social services, and healthcare in ways that affect all Americans.