May 21 to June 2: Rebecca Hom Takes Talk on Chinese Pioneers to Four Towns

Other Speakers Bureau presentations, Mid-Columbia Literary Festival among public humanities offerings in the week ahead.

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THIS WEEK (May 21-26, 2012)


NORTHEAST WASHINGTON — Storyteller Rebecca Hom heads to Northeast Washington for a four-town tour of her Speakers Bureau presentation, Climbing Gold Mountain, Fum Sahn: Chinese Pioneers in the Western Frontier. The talk looks at the role Chinese pioneers played in settling the West — as railroad workers, loggers, miners and even cowboys. Hom kicks things off Tuesday (May 22) in NINE MILE FALLS, then continues to COLVILLE Wednesday (May 23), KETTLE FALLS Wednesday (May 23) and NORTHPORT Thursday (May 24).

MONDAY (May 21)

BELLINGHAM — Speakers Bureau’s Anu Taranath, Global Literature: How Learning About “Over There” Helps Us Understand “Over Here” [Details].

Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs


PASCO — Mid-Columbia Literary Festival, a Humanities Washington grant recipient, presents memoirist Augusten Burroughs [Details]. For more on the festival, check out Spark magazine’s recent In the Field feature.

SEATTLE — University of Washington’s Medieval Studies Graduate Interest Group, second annual public reading of Beowulf [Details].


NEWPORT — Speakers Bureau’s Bruce and Susan Matley, Harnessing the Stories and Songs of Cowboys and Cowgirls [Details].


TIETON — Tieton Arts & Humanities, Textiles Tieton: Give Me Shelter opening reception [Details].

NEXT WEEK (MAY 28 to June 2, 2012)

Lynne Iglitzin

Lynne Iglitzin


REDMOND — Speakers Bureau’s Lynne Iglitzin, Trailblazing Photojournalist: Margaret Bourke-White [Details].

PASCO — Mid-Columbia Literary Festival, a Humanities Washington grant recipient, presents novelist Garth Stein [Details].

Friday (June 1)

LEAVENWORTH — Speakers Bureau’s David Bullock, A Strike at the Heart: Historical Memory and Roslyn’s Western Miners Union [Details].

SPOKANE — 2012-14 Speakers Bureau auditions [Details].

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