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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Think & Drink

Hosted Conversation Series Takes the Humanities Out for a Nightcap

Think & Drink










Our Think & Drink program brings hosted conversations to pubs and tasting rooms on provocative topics and new ideas around the state. Past events tackled topics from Prohibition to consumerism, and sparked lively conversation about morality, religion, history, and politics. Our Think & Drink events center around a common theme: Race, Place, and Culture. Events are held each year in Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima, and Spokane.


  • June 30 in Seattle

Topic: Earth, Interrupted: Climate Change and Geo-engineering

Washington State is facing one of the worst droughts in its history, and the fire season could be unprecedented. Yet even with events like these happening with increasing frequency around the world, we still lack the political and social will to do much about them.

But there are some who say about this lack of action, “So what?” If technology has already worked so many wonders, why can’t it reduce some greenhouse emissions?

“Earth, Interrupted: Climate Change and Geo-engineering” is a moderated discussion hosted by Humanities Washington about the promise, problems, and ethical implications of using technology to intervene in the Earth’s natural systems.

Speakers: Lauren Hartzell Nichols, environmental specialist and professor of philosophy, and Thomas Ackerman, professor of atmospheric sciences at University of Washington.  Moderated by Zaki Hamid, program director at Humanities Washington

When: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Where: The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98118

Flier: Climate Change | Press Release: Earth Interrupted

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