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In the Field

Washington State Turns 125!

Humanities Washington was proud to join cultural organizations, elected leaders and citizens from across the state to celebrate Washington State’s 125th birthday in November. [Read]

5 Questions

Forging Understanding Through Dialogue

A lifetime of teaching and practicing social work prepared author and Speakers Bureau presenter Dorothy Van Soest for leading dialogue about the paradoxical intricacies of the death penalty. [Read]

This Week & Next

This Week & Next: History, Music and Film with Humanities Washington

Join Humanities Washington during the month of December for a compelling line-up of humanities-themed exhibits and events! [Read]

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]

5 Questions

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]

5 Questions

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]

5 Questions

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]

Speakers Bureau

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]