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Comics and the Classical Tradition

NEH's Humanities magazine article on the grant-funded "Comics at the Crossroads: The Art of the Graphic Novel"

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Lorraine McConaghy Remembers Broadcaster Jean Sheperd

Lorraine McConaghy Remembers Broadcaster Jean Sheperd

In an interview originally published in 2010, 2014 Humanities Washington Award recipient and historian Lorraine McConaghy reflects on the legacy of broadcaster Jean Shepherd.

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Highline Historical Society Presents Free Program on Eleanor Roosevelt

Professional actress and Chautauqua scholar Joan Wolfberg will take audience members on Eleanor’s transformative journey from a shy, awkward childhood, to the White House.

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Stories That May Keep You Up Past Your Bedtime

Bedtime stories took on a whole new slant when Humanities Washington got involved back in 1999.

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Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Presents Photography Exhibition

The Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and the Whidbey Island Jewish Community will host Who's Minding the Store?, an exhibition of photographs celebrating 150 years of Jewish Business and Commerce in the Pacific Northwest on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011.

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Boston Review Publishes 'Bedtime Story' by MacArthur Genius Charles Johnson

Johnson originally wrote "Guinea Pig" for Humanities Washington's 2009 Bedtime Stories event.

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Everett panel on immigration aims to avoid 'anger trend'

EVERETT — Immigration is the topic of a panel discussion planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Everett Public Library. While the organizers want local people with strong opinions to show up, they also want to avoid what they call “the anger trend” — folks screaming at each other.

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Can Saving the Past Build the Future?

Humanities Washington presents an event titled “Historic Preservation: Can Saving the Past Build the Future?” at the Everett Public Library on Tuesday, January 11 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM.

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Day in the Life of Bedtime Stories Author Charles Johnson

My day is the reverse of what a day is for most people. Typically, I'm up working all night until 5 or 6 AM, the same kind of schedule kept by Descartes and Balzac.

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Learn about historic preservation

EVERETT — The nonprofit group Humanities Washington gathered experts to talk about the value of historic buildings in a community.

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Bedtime Stories Host Nancy Pearl Named Librarian of the Year

ONE can hardly imagine even Seattle's Nancy Pearl has a bookcase large enough to display another award, but she was in San Diego Friday to be honored at the midwinter conference of The American Library Association.

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Humanities Washington Trustee David Freece on Unity in the Wake of Tragedy

I agree wholeheartedly with President Obama's Jan. 12 speech in Tucson, and his call for unity in wake of the Arizona tragedy.

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I-5 Exhibit Bridges Past to Present at Clark County Museum

The Interstate 5 bridge is the topic of a lecture and exhibit at the Clark County Historical Museum funded by a partnership between Washington State University Vancouver and a grant from Humanities Washington.

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Humanities Washington Working on the Issue of Civility

We read, with interest, your coverage of President Barack Obama's speech in Tucson, and agree wholeheartedly with his call for unity in wake of the Arizona tragedy.

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Who's Minding the Store? A Celebration of Jewish Life in the Northwest

The Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem was once quoted as saying, “No matter how bad things get, you got to go on living, even if it kills you.”

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Crisis of Civility

As Humanities Washington trustees, we read, with interest, coverage of President Obama's speech in Tucson, and agree wholeheartedly with his call for unity in wake of the Arizona tragedy.

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I-5 exhibit helps bridge understanding from past to present

VANCOUVER - As area residents consider a controversial Interstate-5 bridge replacement across the Columbia River, WSU Vancouver hopes to expand understanding with an exhibit about the social, cultural and economic heritage of the bridge that connects Vancouver, Wash., and Portland, Ore.

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Speaker Bureau Presenter Joan Hockaday Discusses Seattle Urban Landscapes

John Charles Olmsted struggled to transform Pacific Northwest urban landscapes in the early 20th century. Seattle author Joan Hockaday talks about the role Olmsted played in designing the parks and boulevards of our city.

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Book Notes: Walter, Orozco Share Stage at Blue Door

Spokane novelist Jess Walter and University of Idaho professor and author Daniel Orozco will give a joint reading Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave.

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A Fighting Life: Humanities Washington Speaker Presents at WWU

The 2011 annual Humanities CommUnity is on Tuesday, February 1, at 11 a.m. in the University Church. The speaker is Jim Kershner, one of Humanities Washington’s Inquiring Minds speakers bureau speakers for 2011.

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Panel at Renton Library "Crosses the GR8 Divide"

I went to a fascinating panel discussion last night at Renton Library sponsored by Humanities Washington, the Boeing Co., and KCLS.

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Shambala Sun Publishes Story from Humanities Washington's 2010 Bedtime Stories Gala

MacArthur Genius Charles Johnson's short story "Welcome to Wedgewood" was written for Humanities Washington's 2010 Bedtime Stories event.

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Quintard Taylor on the Black Past

Dr. Quintard Taylor started Blackpast.org in 2007 as a free resource on African–American history. The online encyclopedia, expanded with help from Humanities Washington, received more than 2 million visits in 2010.

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Union Spats - Nothing New

Today unions are under attack and union membership in the US continues to decline. But during the Great Depression, coal miners banded together in central Washington to start a new, independent union. Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau member and Walla Walla University Professor David Bullock tells their story.

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EWU Libraries Receives NEH Grant

Eastern Washington University Libraries is one of six institutions to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to expand access to archival digital collections.

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Alien Invaders Presentation at San Juan Island Library May 14

Seattle-based film critic and Humanities Washington speaker Robert Horton examines political and social anxieties from alien-invasion scenarios of 1950s science fiction films. He discusses movies providing angles on Atomic Age concerns.

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Lecture on Historic Buildings at Cowlitz Museum

Michael Herschensohn of Humanities Washington will give a talk entitled "Reading Between the Lines: the Stories Old Buildings Tell Us" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum. Herschensohn will talk about how homes, factories, schools, parks, hotels and barns are key markers in the story of people's daily lives.

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Humanities Washington Night Lights Anthology Reading at Village Books

Humanities Washington Night Lights Anthology reading with Karen Fisher, Jana Harris, Margot Kahn, & Laura Kalpakian.

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Hank Cramer Wins Award

Karen West posts a nice feature story at Methow Grist about this year's Humanities Washington Award winner, folksinger and storyteller Hank Cramer.

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Once a Hanford Engineer, Now Washington's Poet Laureate

The Seattle Times' Mary Ann Gwinn interviews 2012-14 Washington state poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken.

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Author Brings Antarctic to Entiat: Farr Presented 'Emperors of the Ice' at Entiat, Manson Libraries

The Lake Chelan Mirror covers Richard Farr's Speakers Bureau presentations in Manson, Waterville and Entiat.

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Think & Drink: Tapping into Tradition at the Local Pub

The Washington Beer Blog opines about Humanities Washington's Think & Drink program.

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Think and Drink: The Politics Behind Your Pint

Kendall Jones of the Washington Beer Blog heartily endorses the idea of Humanities Washington's new Think & Drink program.

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Richland Native Named State's Poet Laureate

The Tri-City Herald covers the appointment of Kathleen Flenniken as the 2012-14 Washington State Poet Laureate.

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In Their Shoes: CWU Exhibit Tells Locals' Stories Through Footwear

Humanities Washington, the Smithsonian and Central Washington University team on Journey Stories exhibit in Ellensburg.

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Northern Lights Brewery Hosts Think & Drink

Brian Bellinger, of Gonzaga University's student newspaper, the Bulletin, covers the debut Think & Drink in Spokane.

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Rhymes With Everett Finds the Words That Speak to Us

Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken reads at Rhymes With Everett: The Favorite Poem Project

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May 9th “Think & Drink” at Naked City Taphouse in Greenwood

Popular North Seattle blogger Sarah Heath calls Think & Drink "pretty amazing," and warns people to come early to the upcoming May 9 event.

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Augusten Burroughs to speak at LitFest in Pasco

Ty Beaver of the Tri-City Herald advances the popular memoirist's appearance at the 2012 Mid-Columbia Literary Festival.

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Stephanie Coontz and Anne Levinson on Getting Hitched and What that Actually Means Today

Allison Thomasseau of the Seattle Weekly talks to Stephanie Coontz and Anne Levinson in advance of Humanities Washington's July 17 Think & Drink event.

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Defining Marriage

Our July 17 Think & Drink in Seattle on the state of marriage with Steve Scher, Stephanie Coontz and Anne Levinson is rebroadcast on KUOW's Weekday

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Kathleen Flenniken Exercises Her Poetic License

A profile of Kathleen Flenniken in Seattle Magazine by Dana Standish.

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Streams of Consciousness

The Inlander's Luke Baumgarten profiles the five Bedtime Stories Spokane authors Jess Walter, Shann Ray, Nance Van Winckel, Kim Barnes and Jim Lynch.

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Humanities Washington - Think & Drink Program

Northwest Cable News interviews Humanities Washington Executive Director Julie Ziegler about the Think & Drink program, including the upcoming THink & Drink Dirty Business: A History of Negative Campaigning Sept. 26 in Seattle.

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The Power Of Forgiveness

Adrian Rogers of The Spokesman-Review interviews Bedtime Stories Spokane author Shann Ray in advance of the event about the story he wrote for the gala.

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Voters Have Final Say Whether Negative Ads Work

The News Tribune columnist Peter Callaghan reflects on the effectiveness of political attack ads a few days after participating in a Think & Drink on the topic Sept. 26 in Seattle.

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Civil War Researcher Includes Audience In Presentation Of War In Washington

Speakers Bureau presenter Lorraine McConaghy will lead an interactive reader's theater event at the Coupeville and Freeland libraries on Monday, Oct. 15.

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Poet Laureate Of Washington Kathleen Flenniken

KUOW's Steve Scher of Weekday talks with Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken on Feb. 13, 2012.

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Washington's Poet Laureate Reflects On Growing Up Near Hanford In New Book

NPR's N3 reporter Anna King talks with Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken about growing up in Richland and her new book "Plume" on June 20, 2012.

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Alex Alben On How Digital Technology Rewrote Our Future

KUOW's Ross Reynolds interviews Speakers Bureau presenter Alex Alben on The Conversation about the rise of digital technology and how it creates both connections and alienation.

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Forestry, Wildfire Examined Nov. 7

The (Kittitas County) Daily Record promotes John Marshall's Speakers Bureau appearance at the Kittitas County Historical Museum Nov. 7.

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Yakima Valley Wineries Are Increasingly Partnering with Cultural Organizations

Humanities Washington's Think & Drink program in Yakima is profiled as the Yakima Valley Herald explores new programming in wineries.

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Julia Harrison Sees The World Through Her Sweet Tooth

KUOW's The Conversation with Ross Reynolds interviews Julia Harrison about her Speakers Bureau presentation on the anthropology of sweets.

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The New Front Page: 21st Century Journalism And What It Means For You

Claudia Rowe is interviewed on KUOW's The Conversation about the changing state of journalism.

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Author Jennifer Stuller On Superwomen In Modern Mythology

Jennifer K. Stuller is interviewed on KUOW's The Conversation about female superheroes in pop culture.

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Charles Mitchell: A Slave In Washington State

Speakers Bureau's Eva Abram is interviewed on KUOW's The Conversation with Ross Reynolds.

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Baseball: A Mirror For America

Speakers Bureau's William Woodward is on KUOW's The Conversation with Ross Reynolds.

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Seattle: A Hotspot For Human Trafficking

Speakers Bureau's Jeanne Kohl-Welles on KUOW's The Conversation.

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Songs of the Oregon Trail at George's CoffeeHouse

Speakers Bureau's Hank Cramer to perform at George Community Hall.

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Long Live Sherlock Holmes

Speakers Bureau's Tom Keogh writes about the many incarnations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for Humanities magazine.

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Presenting a different picture: Program sheds light on portrayal of Native Americans in cinema

Speakers Bureau's Lance Rhoades' presentation on Native Americans in film is profiled in the Auburn Reporter.

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Notes from all over: from the American Library Association to Queen Anne

A mention of the Hazel Miller Conversations in the Humanities in Mary Ann Gwinn's column.

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Relics of resilience

A writeup on the Traveling Exhibit Hope in Hard Times at the Asotin County Library in the Lewiston Tribune.

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Humanities Washington brings engaging conversation series to Edmonds

The Edmonds Beacon posts on the Hazel Miller Conversations in the Humanities series.

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Washington Poet Laureate visits Fairview

The Bremerton Patriot reports on Kathleen Flenniken's visit to Fairview Junior High.

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Washington State's Julie Ziegler

Executive Director Julie Ziegler is interviewed in Humanities Magazine.

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Washington state’s poet laureate to read in Port Angeles

Peninsula Daily News previews a reading with Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken.

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Wenatchee photographer takes on prescribed-fire issue

A profile of Speakers Bureau's John Marshall in the Yakima Herald Republic.

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Book-It stages Huck Finn adaptation, plus plenty of discussion

Grant-funded program at Book-It Repertory Theater is covered in the Seattle Times by Speakers Bureau's Tom Keogh.

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Attention Sherlock Holmes buffs – free presentation on the staying power of Holmes next Tuesday

The Queen Anne View gives a preview of Tom Keogh's Speakers Bureau presentation.

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Seattle author relishes chance to see 150-year-old pickle at Lynden museum

The Bellingham Herald interviews Speakers Bureau's Harriet Baskas about her upcoming presentation.

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Sherlock Holmes lecture examines the detective's cultural staying power

The Bellingham Herald talks with Tom Keogh about his upcoming presentation at the Bellingham Public Library.

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Gig Harbor Film Festival Presents Older Than America

The Gig Harbor Guide profiles an upcoming film series and presentation by Speakers Bureau's Lance Rhoades.

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WEEKEND: Jefferson museum exhibit takes look back at Great Depression in Washington

A profile of the traveling exhibit Hope in Hard Times at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History in the Peninsula Daily News.

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Tukwila's pioneers fought in Civil War | Tukwila's Story

Speakers Bureau's Lorraine McConaghy talks Tukwila's Civil War history.

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Merc's Laramie Project explores themes of violence, tolerance and community healing

The Methow Valley News Online covers grant-funded project "The Laramie Project" at The Merc Playhouse.

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Good night, Spokane

The Spokesman-Review promotes Bedtime Stories Spokane 2013.

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BEA 2013: Jamie Ford: Depression-Era Novel

Publishers Weekly talks to bestselling author Jamie Ford about his new novel – and its origins at Humanities Washington’s annual Bedtime Stories event.

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