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5 Questions

Waiter, There IS a Fly in My Soup, and it’s Delicious!

Just in time for Thanksgiving and his upcoming Speakers Bureau presentations, The Bug Chef serves up information about insects as a tasty, alternative protein source! [Read]

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Talking with DJ Amanda Wilde about Washington’s Music Pioneers

Washington ‘Music Pioneers’ Bing Crosby, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain each created music that was innovative for its time and fueled our state’s economy. [Read]

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Exploring Feminism Through the Lens of Super Heroines

Speakers Bureau presenter Jennifer K. Stuller explores the ways that female action superheroines are personified in modern culture. [Read]

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The History of the Civil War Through Music

Hank Cramer

Speakers Bureau presenter Hank Cramer shares the history, stories and music of the Civil War, through the eyes of his great-grandfather. [Read]

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Exploring the Inspiration and Creative Process of Musicians & Composers

Through live piano performance, musical analysis, film clips and storytelling, Speakers Bureau presenter Amy Rubin creates vibrant portraits of musicians and composers throughout history. [Read]

40 Years of Washington Stories

Humanities Washington Began Supporting Family Reading 19 Years Ago

Family Reading Featured

Since 1995, Humanities Washington’s reading program has expanded to distribute more than 118,000 books into the hands of parents and kids across Washington State. [Read]

40 Years of Washington Stories

Governor’s Writing Awards Celebrated Literary Leadership

GWA Featured

The Governor’s Writing Awards recognized literary leaders throughout Washington state. [Read]

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Bigfoot, Myths and Bedtime Stories

Spokane-based author Sharma Shields reflects on magic, myths and the inspiration of Pacific Northwest landscape for her writing. [Read]

News & Notes

First 2015-2016 Speakers Bureau Booking Deadline is 10/31

Humanities Washington is proud to announce our new roster of Speakers Bureau presenters and updated host organization guidelines for 2015-2016. The first 2015 deadline for host organizations to book speakers is October 31, 2014. [Read]

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When War Meets the Movies: A Look at the Civil War in Films

Many decades after the American Civil War, many of us learn about this historical event in the classroom, from books or by going to the movies. [Read]