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This Week & Next

How Do Sports Reflect America’s Racial Divide?

Tanya Mosley, Donald Watts, and Eric Davis

Join us for two Think & Drink events in Seattle, “You Mad Bro?: Race and Diversity Issues in Sports,” April 20 and 27 with UW basketball great Donald Watts. [Read]

News & Notes

Announcing the 2015 Humanities Washington Awardees

Ellen Ferguson and Tod Marshall

Philanthropist Ellen Ferguson and poet Tod Marshall will be recognized for outstanding achievement in the public humanities at our Bedtime Stories fundraising events in October. [Read]

News & Notes

From Soldier to Civilian, with Help from the Humanities

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Talking Service, a new program from Humanities Washington, connects returning veterans to literature that speaks to their experiences. [Read]

News & Notes

New 2015 Funding and Partnership Opportunities

A Prime Time Family Reading in Kennewick

Grants for little-known Washington stories, Prime Time Family Reading opens for applications, and new travel stipends for Speakers Bureau presenters are some of our new offerings for 2015. [Read]


Viva Yuyi: An Interview with Yuyi Morales

Yuyi Morales

The Caldecott Honored children’s author on her latest book Viva Frida, the turmoil that sparked her fascination with children’s books, and her upcoming project with Sherman Alexie. [Read]

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Antonio “Tony” Davidson-Gómez on Race, Place, and Culture

Davidson-Gómez with Amanda Wilde and Daudi Abe at a "Race in Music" Think & Drink event. Photo: Devin Kearns.

Educator and musician Antonio “Tony” Davidson-Gómez looks back on a series of particularly provocative Think & Drink events. [Read]

News & Notes

First Washington Stories Fund Grant Awarded to Jack Straw Cultural Center

Visually impaired adult and youth share stories through "Through the Light: Profiles in Blindness."

Innovative program will explore adult and youth profiles in blindness [Read]

News & Notes

Humanities Washington Awarded the Largest Grant in Its History

A Prime Time Family Reading at the Walla Walla Public Library. The grant from the Satterberg Foundation will help expand it and other programs.

A generous $300,000 grant from the Satterberg Foundation will help enhance and expand programming. [Read]

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]