The real work of Humanities Washington is to fund an ongoing enquiry into understanding the human experience. Through its grants and programs, it values the agony and sweat of entire lives’ works and collectively creates hope that the human spirit will endure and prevail.

George Le Masurier
President and Publisher, The Olympian
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Passing the Laurel: Washington State Poet Laureate

Outgoing Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen will “pass the laurel” to 2016-18 Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. The celebration includes brief readings by Marshall and Austen, as well as Pacific Northwest poets Rick Barot, Karen Finneyfrock, Jourdan Keith, Jane Wong, and a surprise guest or two. Join us starting at 6:30 pm for an informal reception in the Cabaret. The Washington State Poet Laureate is a joint program of the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) and Humanities Washington, and is appointed by the Governor. The position is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, ArtsWA, and Humanities Washington.

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We Are Seattle: Stories from Families, Immigrants, Refugees, and the Agencies that Serve Them

What is it like to be an immigrant or refugee in Seattle? How do we address their needs and celebrate their strengths? How have world events and national politics impacted our communities? Join Neighborhood House to share your perspective, hear from the discussion panel, and explore images of Seattle’s changing populations.

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Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life

KSPS presents the improbable life story of prominent Spokane attorney Carl Maxey. An orphan rescued from the streets by a Jesuit priest, Maxey was a collegiate boxing champion who continued fighting as a trial lawyer defending controversial clients and causes.

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