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In large and small towns throughout the state, Humanities Washington is restoring the town square. Their events and programs are led by cultural experts, scholars, and storytellers, who discuss everything from Washington State history to philosophy to current social issues. People come together to explore and consider what it means to be human, and to reflect on our shared past, present, and future.


Image of Humanities Washington Speaker Clyde FordLet’s Talk About Race
February 6 at at 6:30 pm
With warmth and openness, renowned author and professor Clyde Ford leads a discussion on race in modern-day America with a heavy emphasis on audience participation. Meant for people of all races, participants will come away with tools for engaging in conversations about race in an honest, transparent, and meaningful way.




Image of Humanities Washington Speaker Nick BondAre Salmon Doomed? Hatching a Plan to Save a Northwest Icon
February 27 at 6:30 pm
Climatologist Nick Bond explores the past, present, and possible future conditions for salmon in our state, and sees room for optimism. He shares lessons on how local communities have accomplished important work to support salmon runs, but also takes a hard look at the realities climate change poses for this regional treasure. Explore the history, science, and story of this cherished Northwest icon.




Image of Humanities Washington Speaker Carlos GilFrom Mexican to Mexican-American, A Family Immigration Story
March 27 at 6:30 pm
Professor Carlos Gil sought to understand immigration by tracing his family’s history from the 1920s to the 1970s. In the process, he discovered the excitement, culture shock, inter-family conflict, and questions of identity that many immigrants face when seeking a better life in another country. Based on his book, “We Became Mexican-American: How Our Immigrant Family Survived to Pursue the American Dream,” this talk explores Mexican immigration by spotlighting his own family’s experience in southern California, including parallels with Washington State.