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Half of Washington State children do not enter kindergarten ready to learn, and Latino children, in particular, face a long list of barriers to success in school. Through programs such as Humanities Washington's Motheread Family Literacy Program, disadvantaged families from across the state gain the opportunity to come together around the collective power of story, building literacy skills, pride in their culture, and a greater understanding of other cultures as a result.

Edgar & Holli Martinez
Former Seattle Mariners star and education advocates
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Current Speakers

2012-14 Speakers Bureau roster.

Eva Abram

"Slavery in the Northwest: The Charles Mitchell Story"

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Alex Alben

"Analog Days: How Technology Changed Our Culture"

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Harriet Baskas

"Hidden Treasures in Washington's Museums"

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Gloria Burgess

"It Takes a Village: Sparks of Light"

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Hank Cramer

"One Trail, Many Voices: Songs of the Oregon Trail" and "Through a Soldier’s Eyes: Wilson Cramer’s Civil War"

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Antonio Davidson-Gómez

"Mapping Latino Musical Migrations"

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Peter Donahue

"Washington History and Historical Fiction"

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Kathleen Flenniken

"My Hanford: A Personal History"

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Christina Fusch

"Why Culture Matters: An Anthropological Approach to Our Lives"

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Julia Harrison

"A World of Sweets in Washington State"

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Joan Hockaday

"The Lewis & Clark Wildflower Discoveries"

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Robert Horton

"The End of the Trail: How the Western Movie Rode Into the Sunset" and "The Movie Mashup: Wild Literary Adaptations on Film"

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Tom Keogh

"Dr. Doyle and Mr. Holmes: The Cultural Staying Power of Sherlock Holmes"

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Jeanne Kohl-Welles

"Human Trafficking in Washington: From the Historic Mercer Maids to Sexual Exploitation in Internet Ads"

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John Marshall

"Fire and Forests, East of the Cascade Divide"

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Lorraine McConaghy

"Territorial Voices: A Civil War Reader’s Theater"

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Janet Oakley

"Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State, 1933-1941"

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Milt Priggee

"Political Cartooning: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow"

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Lance Rhoades

"American Indians in Cinema: Portrayals and Participation, Onscreen and Behind the Scene" and "From Birth of a Nation to Ken Burns: The Civil War in Cinema"

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Claudia Rowe

"The New Front Page: 21st Century Journalism and What It Means for You"

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Ratna Roy

"Dance of the Atoms: Modern Physics Meets Eastern Mysticism" and "Hinduism: A Way of Life in Washington"

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Amy Rubin

"Exploring the Magical Process of Creating Music" and "Women Composers: Their Music and Their Stories"

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Michael Schein

"Bones Beneath Our Feet: The Puget Sound Indian Wars of 1855-56"

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Jennifer K. Stuller

"Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology"

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Anu Taranath

"The World in Washington: An Exploration of Literature and Our Lives"

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Andrew Wahl

"Sequential Reaction: A History of the American Comic Book"

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David B. Williams

"Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology in Washington State"

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Shawn Wong

"How to Write a Novel in Only 30 Years" and "Defending Your Voice: Teaching Soldiers How to Tell Their Stories"

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William Woodward

"Coming Home: Baseball’s America" and "The Gettysburg Gospel: Exploring Lincoln’s Famous Address"

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