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“There Are Many Ways to Move Through Our Day”: A Poem by Tod Marshall

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 in Spokane. Washington State Poet Laureate Dr. Tod Marshall read a poem to a crowd of state and local lawmakers, including Gov. Inslee and Mayor Condon as a part of Gov. Inslee's "Connecting Washington" sign dedication at McKinistry Innovation Center on Friday afternoon.

“Sometimes, we can pick our routes / We can choose to say connect and mean closer together.” [Read]

News & Notes

Pulitzer Prizes Awards Humanities Washington and Copper Canyon Press Grant for Poetry Discussion Series

Pulitzer Prizes

The series, scheduled for fall 2016, will bring Pulitzer Prize-winning and -nominated poets together for live conversations. [Read]

5 Questions

Religion and Human Rights: Allies or Enemies?

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For David E. Smith, what began as flashes of doubt about his religious upbringing became a full blown crisis of faith. Now he uses the experience, and his fascination with philosophy, to discuss one of the most controversial questions of our time. [Read]

5 Questions

The Triple Nickle: The Little-known Story of Pioneering Paratroopers and Balloon Bombs


The story that “should be in every Washington student’s history book,” but isn’t. [Read]

News & Notes

Spokane poet Tod Marshall named Washington State Poet Laureate


The Washington State Book Award winner is the first Eastern Washington resident to hold the position. [Read]

From the Executive Director

Happy Holidays from Humanities Washington

Photo: Greg Lobinski, via Flickr/Creative Commons

Humanities Washington’s executive director reflects on 2015. [Read]

5 Questions

Defeating Racism Today: What Does It Take?

A speech during a candlelight vigil for victims of the Charleston shooting. Photo: Light Brigading, via Flickr/Creative Commons.

Talking about racism with a room full of strangers is hard, yet that’s what Eva Abram does across the state. “The intent is to get people to consider a problem they sometimes perceive as being outside themselves.” [Read]

Live From …

How Did the U.S. Become #1 in Prisoners?

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Excerpts from our Think & Drink, “America Behind Bars: Mass Incarceration and Civil Rights.” [Read]

Reading Habits

NEH Chair William D. Adams

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The chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities reveals his reading habits, the book that changed his life, and how writing in the margins can come back to haunt you. [Read]

In the Field

ISIS and the Fight for Islam

A woman holds a candle at a vigil for victims of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.  Photo: Penn State, via Flickr/Creative Commons

How Islamic is the Islamic State? Read excerpts from our recent Think & Drink in Yakima. [Read]