In spring 2021, the Department of History, Political Science, and International Studies, the School of Arts and Humanities, and the Office of Alumnae Relations wrapped up the inaugural year of Scholar Sips.
Inspired by the Corporate and Community Engagement initiative and born out of conversations in the History program, Scholar Sips represents our commitment to sharing scholarship and engaging with community experts. We were especially interested in teaming up with Raleigh Brewing Company (RBC), not only because they are across the street from campus, but also because RBC has the distinction of being the first woman-owned brewery in NC. As a women’s college, we recognize the potential in joining forces with Kristie Nystedt, the owner of Raleigh Brewing, who represents women in business and also a small, but growing, number of women in the craft beer industry.
This partnership has inspired exciting conversations and opportunities for learning. These were hybrid events, with an in-person opportunity at RBC and a livestreamed option for a broader audience of alumnae, friends, and campus community. We teamed Meredith experts with community experts like Nystedt to bring the following quality programming to alumnae and the public:
We had a small contingent of guests on site at RBC, observing COVID safety precautions, for each Scholar Sips program last year. This year, we will continue to connect via Zoom but are also excited about the opportunity to see more faculty, staff, alumnae, and the general public in person.
Scholar Sips will pick up again in September. Along with our partners at RBC, we will continue to offer programming relevant to the craft beer industry and women in business. Upcoming programs will also take inspiration from Meredith’s anti-racism initiative to address various relevant and timely topics such as systemic racism, critical race theory, and the contested history of Confederate monuments. If you have ideas for a program and/or would like to give a talk, please contact Dan Fountain firstname.lastname@example.org or Angela Robbins email@example.com.