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The humanities are a window into the deepest aspects of the human condition, those things that persist across time and cultures. They familiarize us with the language of emotion and motivation, and the areas of human life that defy quantification. And, despite the claim that studying the humanities is impractical, they develop habits of shrewd observation, thoughtful understanding, and clear expression that are invaluable in every walk of personal and professional life. 

In this age of reality TV, inch-deep internet analysis, and glib sound bites, we applaud Humanities Washington for supporting these timeless lessons.

Bruce Shepard
President, Western Washington University
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Jan Walsh

Jan Walsh

Jan Walsh

Olympia

Professional Affiliation:

  • Washington State Librarian (Retired)

 Current and Past Civic Involvement:

  • Beachcrest Community Association
  • Washington Library Association
  • Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Western Council of State Libraries
  • Washington Coalition for Open Government
  • Board of the Olympia Early Learning Center

Favorite Book of All Time:

  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
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