It isn't enough to say we "need" the humanities because we ARE the humanities. They are gifts to us from our predecessors, ancestors, and contemporaries. They represent the imagination, [the] innovative, and ask us to think deeply—as the greatest philosophers and artists have always asked us for the last 2,500 years—about our experience, and to think beyond the various intellectually lazy forms of ideology circulating in America today.

Charles Johnson
MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award winner (Middle Passage)
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Jan Walsh

Jan Walsh

Jan Walsh


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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