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What are the humanities? It is all of us, eating, drinking, working, living, dying to tell our stories to each other. At our best we are trying to get one another to laugh or cry over our place on the planet. We can learn by seeing each other and sharing that moment. Just like KUOW and NPR, the work of Humanities Washington ensures that people remain engaged in their communities.

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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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Inquiring Mind's "Listen Up! What is Modern Music" in Metaline Falls

Inquiring Mind Presenter Donivan Johnson presents "Listen Up! What is Modern Music" in Metaline Falls

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Inquiring Mind Speaker Leads Eight-Week Seminar on Religious Freedom

Karen Scott Presents Eight-Week Seminar on Religious Freedom in Walla Walla, Washington

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Lorraine McConaghy Remembers Broadcaster Jean Sheperd

Lorraine McConaghy Remembers Broadcaster Jean Sheperd

Adapted from “Waves and Signals: Greenwich Village and Jean Shepherd,” originally published in Humanities Washington’s Port, 1999.

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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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Civility & American Democracy Conference

From members of Congress hollering "You lie!" to the president, to angry outbursts at town-hall meetings, to the all too frequent allusion to violence in partisan debate, many believe that our political dialogue is broken and incapable of allowing thoughtful discussion about the common good.

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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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Sno-Isle Libraries Present Whidbey Reads

Whidbey Reads is an annual community reading program designed to bring Whidbey Island residents together to read and talk about books. This year's selection is "The School of Essential Ingredients" by Erica Bauermeister.

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'Bridging the Gap' Opens at Historical Museum

A new exhibit on the social, cultural and economic impacts of the Interstate Bridge will kick off the “First Thursday Museum after Hours” series.

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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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Stephen L. Carter and Sam Reed to Speak at Civility and Democracy Conference

Stephen L. Carter, Professor of Law at Yale University, and Sam Reed, Washington Secretary of State, will deliver keynote addresses for “Civility and Democracy in America,” a conferenceon on the state of civility in democracy, at 5:30 p.m. March 3 at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane.

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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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Forums in Yakima, Wenatchee, Bellingham Discuss Immigration

Professors from local universities along with experts from across the country came together Saturday, April 2 at the Yakima Valley Museum for a forum on immigration that provided a historical perspective to the popular topic. Similar events were held in Wenatchee and Bellingham on April 1 and 2, respectively.

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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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Woods and Associates Recognizes Humanities Washington

Longtime Humanities Washington partner, staffing firm Woods and Associates, has featured Humanities Washington as a "spotlight organization" on its website.

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Humanities Washington Speaker Amy Rubin to Present at Western Washington University April 12

Amy Rubin will present "The Fascinating Rhythms of North and South America," a look at how a culture’s art reflects its heart and soul and tells much about its history.

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Vancouver Discussion "Bridges" the Chasm

The future of the Interstate 5 bridge crossing the Columbia River will be the topic of a panel discussion, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., part of the museum’s Bridging the Gap exhibit.

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WWII Historian David M. Kennedy to Speak on Orcas Island

The Orcas Crossroads Lecture Series continues Sunday, May 1, with a presentation by historian David M. Kennedy, “A Tale of Three Cities: How the United States Won WWII and Made the Modern World.” The lecture is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Orcas Center and is made possible with a grant from Humanities Washington.

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Architectural historian to speak at Clark County Museum

Michael Herschensohn will present "Reading Between the Lines: the Stories Old Buildings Tell Us" at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum.

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