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ONLINE: What Are We Afraid Of?

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Vengeful spirits, destructive sea monsters, and powerful witches—these threatening figures appear across time and cultures. Why? And what do they say about our common human fears?

As Halloween draws near, join Humanities Washington for a journey into what frightens us. Three scholars and storytellers will tell scary stories and discuss the similarities and differences in how their tales address human and cultural anxieties.

Hear Pacific Coast Indigenous stories, Scandinavian tales, and Mexican legends from Owen L. Oliver (author and educator), Lauren Poyer (assistant teaching professor at the University of Washington), and Nancy Salguero McKay (executive director of the Highline Heritage Museum).

The panelists will also discuss the purpose of frightening tales, and explore why—given how few people like to be afraid—do we love a scary story?

Registrants will receive a recipe for a special cocktail and mocktail to enjoy while watching the event!
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Owen L. Oliver comes from the people of the Lower Columbia River, Salish Sea, and Southwest Pueblos. He is a recent graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in American Indian Studies and Political Science, and created the Indigenous Walking Tour of UW, which is a reflection of Indigenous knowledge and place making on the University of Washington campus.

Nancy Salguero McKay is the executive director of the Highline Heritage Museum. Her awards include recognitions from the Washington Museum Association, Association of King County Historical Organizations, 2022 Citizen of the Year for the City of Burien, and others.

Lauren Poyer is an assistant teaching professor of Scandinavian studies at the University of Washington. She is a medievalist who specializes in Old Norse-Icelandic studies, and her research focuses on Christian folk religion as represented in the Sagas of Icelanders.

  • When
  • October 26, 2022
    7:00 pm
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  • Humanities Washington