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Upcoming Humanities Programs

We are proud to once again partner with Humanities Washington to bring programs to three of our branch libraries in May.

Humanities Washington is a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for people to come together to reflect on our shared past, present and future. The organization assembles a speakers bureau of cultural experts, scholars and storytellers to talk about everything from Washington state history to philosophy to current social issues. Visit www.humanities.org for more information.

We have applied to bring more Humanities Washington programs to our library branches in the fall, so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, here is our current spring lineup:

The American Revolution and the First War on Terror

Author Don Glickstein will share new insight on the American Revolution in a talk at the Cashmere Library on Thursday, May 4.

In the 6 p.m. talk he will explore rarely heard perspectives on the war, such as why Native Americans and African Americans supported the British, how a Muslim general came to fight the British alongside the French, and why the fighting spread around the world. He will also link aspects of the war to Washington state.

Glickstein, of Seattle, worked 10 years as a newspaper reporter and has written numerous history articles for print publications and one book, After Yorktown.

The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington

Writer Mayumi Tsutakawa, daughter of the renowned sculptor George Tsutakawa, will present a program on the internment of Japanese in America during World War II at the Soap Lake Library on Thursday, May 4. Her talk will start at 5 p.m.

Throughout the West Coast, some 120,000 Japanese were taken from their homes and put in camps during the war. Most of those coming from the Seattle area went to Camp Minidoka in Idaho. Tsutakawa’s talk with include how people endured encampment and rebuilt their lives after their release.

Tsutakawa, who lives in Seattle, is an independent writer of Asian/Pacific American history. She previously directed King County’s arts and historic preservation program.

The Long Haul: Stories of Human Migration

Scholar David Fenner will present stories of human migration at the Twisp Library on May 18.

His talk at 6 p.m. will examine the roots and the routes of human migration around the planet to try and better understand events in headlines and understand the mosaic of people who have settled in the Pacific Northwest. Humans are often drawn and sometimes driven to migrate based on a host of natural and manmade forces, such as drought, floods, crop failure, war, the quest for survival and the hope for a better future.

Fenner is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies and previously served as vice provost for international education at UW.

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