America no longer disagrees, it rages. We have become consumed by righteous anger, deeply polarized, and convinced the other side is filled with at worst malicious intent or at best dangerously naive. This fall, Humanities Washington will explore what underlies our increasingly tense, fractured America in a statewide Think & Drink series aimed at exploring and bridging the divides in our communities.
“The Big Split: Conversations about Our Divided State and Nation” will focus on three centers of American life where divisions often most starkly reveal themselves. The Divided Classroom will focus on the cultural gap between Washington State students and teachers; The Divided Library will explore how what we read and watch can help or harm our understanding of others; and The Divided Campus will examine the campus protest movement and the questions it raises about free speech and what is deemed offensive. Each of five cities—Spokane, Richland, Yakima, Seattle, and Tacoma—will host at least one of the three topics, with a total of 11 events taking place.
In addition, a large public event featuring renowned Ms. Marvel graphic novelist and journalist G. Willow Wilson will take place on October 23 in Seattle. The Hugo award-winning series features the first Muslim character to headline a Marvel comic.
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