June 11-23: Robert Horton Talks Sci-Fi at Birth Place of ‘Flying Saucer’ Craze

Other upcoming Speakers Bureau conversations include Robert Keller’s Reconciling the Past: The History, Literature and Ethics of Japanese Removal.

This Week & Next highlights upcoming events and news from Humanities Washington, our many community partners and like-minded organizations around the state.

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THIS WEEK (June 11-16, 2012)


CHEHALIS – In the 1950s, a pilot flying out of Chehalis glimpsed what he called “flying saucers” in the sky, kicking off a national obsession with UFOs. On Wednesday (June 13), Speakers Bureau presenter Robert Horton visits that Western Washington town for a conversation on Alien Encounters: Sci-Fi Movies and the Cold War Culture of the 1950s. His presentation looks at how the science-fiction films of the 1950s reflect and express the anxieties of that era, and features scenes from several classics of the genre. For more about Horton, check out Spark magazine’s 5 Questions interview with the popular film critic [Details].

NEXT WEEK (June 10-16, 2012)

MONDAY (June 18)

KENT – Lutheran Community Services Northwest’s Refugee & Immigrant Children’s Program presents A Place in the World documentary screening and panel discussion in honor of World Refugee Day [Details].

Robert Keller

Robert Keller

THURSDAY (June 21)

KENNEWICK – Speakers Bureau’s Robert Keller, Reconciling the Past: The History, Literature and Ethics of Japanese Removal [Details].


STATEWIDE – KCTS 9 is looking for independent film submissions for its Reel NW program. Deadline: July 2 [Details].

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