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What Are We Afraid Of?

Virtual event via Zoom

Vengeful spirits, destructive sea monsters, and powerful witches—these threatening figures appear across time and cultures. Why? And what do they say about our common human fears? As Halloween draws near, join Humanities Washington for a journey into what frightens us. Three scholars and storytellers will tell scary stories and discuss the similarities and differences in …

Economics for a Full World

Virtual event via Zoom

Because of the exponential economic growth since World War II, we now live in a full world, but we still behave as if it were empty, with ample space and resources for the indefinite future. The founding assumptions of neoclassical economics, developed in the empty world, no longer hold, as the aggregate burden of the …

Presentation by Tim Connor: “Beautiful Wounds”

Virtual event via Zoom

Carved and scoured by catastrophic floods at the end of the most recent ice age, the Channeled Scablands of Eastern Washington dazzle with their harsh beauty and the diversity of their natural features, including great waterfalls, sprawling canyons, and cinematic palisades. In the last virtual program on our schedule, Spokane writer and photographer Tim Connor …

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Virtual presentation by Dr. Fran Shor: “Soupy Sales’ Jewish Connections”

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Wayne State University professor emeritus Dr. Fran Shor discusses how comedian, actor, and radio/television personality Soupy Sales — born Milton Supman in 1926 — built on his Jewish social and cultural connections while integrating into his on-air personality the shticks of the most influential Jewish comedians from the early years of television programming.

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Virtual presentation by Dr. Fran Shor: “Soupy Sales’ Jewish Connections”

Virtual event via Zoom

Wayne State University professor emeritus Dr. Fran Shor discusses how comedian, actor, and radio/television personality Soupy Sales — born Milton Supman in 1926 — built on his Jewish social and cultural connections while integrating into his on-air personality the shticks of the most influential Jewish comedians from the early years of television programming.

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Virtual presentation by Dr. Fran Shor: “Soupy Sales’ Jewish Connections”

Virtual event via Zoom

Wayne State University professor emeritus Dr. Fran Shor discusses how comedian, actor, and radio/television personality Soupy Sales — born Milton Supman in 1926 — built on his Jewish social and cultural connections while integrating into his on-air personality the shticks of the most influential Jewish comedians from the early years of television programming.

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Virtual presentation by Ross Reynolds: “How Audio Technology Changed the World”

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Although we live in a visual world, audio still has the power to create intimacy and spark the imagination like no other medium can. In this presentation, co-sponsored by Humanities Washington, veteran broadcaster Ross Reynolds explores the impact that audio transmission has had on society and storytelling, beginning with the first century of radio up …

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Virtual presentation by Jewish author Jo Ivester

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Austin-based Jewish nonfiction author Jo Ivester is an LGBTQ speak­er and advo­cate with degrees from MIT and Stan­ford. She serves on the boards of Equal­i­ty Texas, the Central Texas Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and the Austin chapter of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network). Her first book, "The Out­skirts of Hope," describes her child­hood liv­ing …

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Changing Our Minds: The Ethics of Brain Enhancement

Virtual event via Zoom

Tuesday, March 8, 6 p.m., online via Zoom. A wave of new technologies could allow us to become smarter, calmer, happier—even more ethical. Gene editing, pharmaceuticals, and computer tissue implants could provide our brains with an upgrade. But should they? Most of us feel uneasy with the idea of artificially enhancing the human brain, yet …

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From Christian Minister to Rebbetzin: One Woman’s Remarkable Odyssey

Virtual event via Zoom

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., online via Zoom. At the age of 16, Tova Mordechai was accepted as the youngest student of a noted Christian theological college. Four years later she was ordained Christian minister. The daughter of an Egyptian Jewish mother, she began a quest to discover her Jewish heritage. She now lives in …

$15

“Braiding Sweetgrass”

Virtual event via Zoom

The Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment will host an evening with Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass,” Thursday, Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants” is about alternative forms of Indigenous knowledge outside of traditional scientific methodologies. The book reframes the …

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One Second of Hate: A Story of Forgiveness

Virtual event via Zoom

Jan. 18, Noon, via Zoom or in person at the Wallingford Community Senior Center at 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Suite 140, Seattle. The event is sponsored by the center and Humanities Washington. A repeat session will be Jan. 27, Noon, sponsored by the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services. Details to be announced. “Where are …

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Discover Passage Meditation Zoom Workshop

Virtual event via Zoom

FREE INTRODUCTORY WEBINAR (No prerequisites-registraton required) You’ll participate in a Zoom meeting led by two longtime meditators who are trained Blue Mountain Center of Meditation presenters. More information can be found at: www. bmcm.org To register, go to this link and then register at the top right box: https://www.bmcm.org/programs/introductory-webinar/ Once you've registered for the Webinar, …

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2022 Eastern Washington Legislative Conference

Virtual event via Zoom

Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Zoom. The Faith Action Network’s 2022 Eastern Washington Legislative Conference on the theme, “Mobilizing for Our Future,” will feature Fr. Pat Conlin as keynote speaker. He was the chaplain to Congress from 2011 to 2021 and now is at Gonzaga University. There will also be an interfaith …

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Why Deny Science?

Virtual event via Zoom

Jan. 8, 7 p.m. via Zoom. Have you ever had a conversation with someone who denies a scientific finding? Perhaps that conversation was about something as big as climate change or something as small as the health effects of eating chocolate. But in most cases, there is a pattern to how people argue against scientific …

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Hearing God’s Voice

hearing god

Have you ever heard someone mention they hear God’s voice? In some cases I find it reassuring. In others, I look for an exit. What’s the difference? OK, you might question how I could be reassured when someone speaks simply of hearing God tell or ask them things. I, too, have found a quiet, compelling voice in my mind’s ear displaying greater courage, insight and wisdom than I can claim. Another voice at times would lead me to destructive conclusions or actions. Depending on which I attend to, the difference is stark.

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Two cheers for Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson death

Today brought news of the death of Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, from cancer, at the age of 58. In recent years, the former speechwriter for President George W. Bush emerged as one of a small group of important anti-Trump evangelical Christians, along with his friend and co-author Peter Wehner and the lawyer David French. Gerson’s voice will be missed by many.

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Murder and Rumors in Moscow, Idaho

Moscow Idaho

The silence from city officials, the police and UI officials seems so baffling since Sunday, Nov. 13. After people were told about the police finding the bodies of four students, it was very quiet until the names were released on Monday. Then, nothing again. It took a while for the police to finally say the four were killed by an “edged” item. Most people have taken that to mean a knife. The coroner said none of the dead were the perpetrator, ending the murder-suicide theories.

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Are We Entering a ‘Post-denominational’ Era?

nondenominational church

Between 2010-2020 the nondenominational church has expanded by 2 million attendees and 9,000 congregations in the U.S., according to the 2020 U.S. Religion Census, which was released last week. The USRC is released every 10 years by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.

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Unpacking the Election

election results

While the midterm election results seem to show a majority of Americans are tired of his madness and the extremism he both articulates and attracts, the fact is former President Donald Trump could well win the 2024 presidential election.

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