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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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Mission & Values

Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

Our Mission:

Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

Our Values:

We believe in:

  • active and thoughtful examination of the past, present, and future of the world and our place in it;
  • welcoming ideas and experiences that challenge us;
  • sharing and celebrating a variety of perspectives and possibilities;
  • scholarship and research and their role in humanistic inquiry;
  • collaboration and partnerships, including outreach to diverse communities;
  • broad access to educational and cultural opportunities across the state;
  • taking risks and trying new approaches;
  • embracing programming that is creative, enjoyable and compelling;
  • providing programs and experiences of lasting value; and
  • dynamic community engagement through actively listening, learning, and responding to our partners and the public.
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