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5 Questions

Mad as Hell: Why America is Polarized

Photo: Nestor Lacle, via Flickr/Creative Commons

“Politics become more passionate—and less civil—when there are real, important differences between the parties,” says Cornell Clayton. [Read]

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Shining a Light on the World’s Second Largest Religion

The Koran. Photo credit:  Ali Mir, via Flickr/Creative Commons.

“The media’s pretty bad at informing us,” says David Fenner. “We get this image that the entire Muslim world is in collusion with people that are blowing up buses of school children, and that’s absolutely an unfair characterization.” [Read]

This Week & Next

Children’s Author Yuyi Morales, a Think & Drink on Race in Film, and More

Yuyi Morales

What’s coming up in Washington state? Caldecott-honoree Yuyi Morales, a Think & Drink on race in film, and edible insects. It’s going to be a great couple weeks. [Read]

5 Questions

Deeply Funny: Humor and Movies as Gateways to Philosophy


“I see philosophy as a public good, and I’m eager to reach as many people as possible.” An interview with Speakers Bureau presenter Mike VanQuickenborne. [Read]

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The Memory of the Masses: David Schulz on How Cultures Remember

David Schulz

“I think civicness in large parts rests on the way we remember and forget events — not just the past, but the past that’s being created right now.” [Read]

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“They Don’t Want to Hear Pundits, They Want to Watch Rap!”: Eric Davis on Using Hip Hop to Connect Communities

As a youth, Eric Davis realized his approach to education wasn’t working—until he realized that rap could make a great teacher. [Read]

5 Questions

The History of Human Rights, As a Catalyst for Action

Dr. Nancy Koppelman covers the history of human rights in her 2015-2016 Speakers Bureau presentation, and how the modern concept of human rights came to be. [Read]

This Week & Next

Explore Free Speech, Local History and More with Humanities Washington

Join Humanities Washington for one or several amazing events taking place around the state between January 12 – 25, 2015! [Read]

In the Field

WaCLA Essay Contest Explores Liberal Arts

The Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) is an association that promotes the value of a liberal arts education to the people and communities of the state. Each year WaCLA sponsors a student essay contest among Washington state high schools and colleges. [Read]

In the Field

How Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen Began Writing Poetry

Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen recently finished a 12-day road trip. She plans on travelling to all 39 counties in the state as part of her two-year tenure. [Read]