You don’t need to be a student or live near a college to hear an intriguing talk from a scholar or expert. In communities throughout Washington State, Speakers Bureau presenters give free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, and everything in between.
Our roster of 31 Speakers Bureau presenters is made up of professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but also for their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds. Hundreds of Speakers Bureau events take place each year. Each talk lasts about an hour.
To reach as many Washingtonians as possible, we partner with a wide range of organizations, including libraries, schools, museums, historical societies, retirement homes, community centers, and civic organizations. These organizations host and publicize the events.
What role does a sense of place play in cartoons and comic storytelling? How does place influence the character and plot of these images and the stories they tell? As a visual medium, comics tap directly into our sense of memory, time and place – sometimes without words. In this fascinating presentation, cartoonist Megan Kelso explains […]
- 1:00 pm, Tuesday
August 30, 2016
- Redmond Senior Center
8703 160 Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052 United States
What is the messy and juicy history of Washington’s produce industry? Who was Cashmere’s Cider King? From apples to oranges, huckleberries to durian, anthropologist Julia Harrison will cover how these perishable products preserve historic events and reflect our changing relationship to the natural world. This discussion includes a large cast of characters: pioneers, entrepreneurs, orchardists, labor […]
- 6:30 pm, Thursday
September 1, 2016
- CenterPlace Regional Event Center
2426 N Discovery Pl
Spokane Valley, WA 99206 United States
Why is the issue of capital punishment so divisive? Are Americans aware of the complexities of the issue? Capital punishment, more than any other public issue, has given rise to considerable differences of opinion in U.S. society. When a moratorium on executions in Washington state was announced in February 2014 by Governor Jay Inslee, it […]
- 6:30 pm, Tuesday
September 6, 2016
- Port Angeles Main Library
2210 S. Peabody St.
Port Angeles, WA 98362 United States