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We are teaming up with Humanities Washington this spring to bring thought-provoking and informative programs to several libraries.

The spring programs deal with climate change, being civil in a polarized political climate, and the history and social significance of sugar.

Humanities Washington is a nonprofit organization in Washington state that sparks community discussion
to increase cultural understanding and build bridges between people who might otherwise ignore or even dislike each other.

Here is schedule of programs that will be coming to NCRL libraries this fall:

Brian Henning: Heating Up: The Ethics of Climate Change

Brian G. Henning discusses how global warming is not the only problem
— it’s a symptom of a larger issue concerning how we conceive of ourselves and our relationship to the natural world. Henning is a professor
of philosophy and environmental studies at Gonzaga University.

  • Cashmere: March 7, 7 p.m.
  • Curlew: Feb. 8, 6 p.m.
  • Waterville: March 8, 6 p.m.

David Smith: Civil Conversation in an Angry Age

David E. Smith takes a deep look at those moments when civility breaks
down and explores how we can have meaningful, respectful conversations on notoriously difficult topics like politics, religion, and morality. He currently
teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington.

  • Cashmere: Feb. 21, 6 p.m.
  • Ephrata: Feb. 23, 1 p.m.
  • Winthrop: Feb. 22, 7 p.m.

Julia Harrison: Sticky Subject: The History and Culture of Sugar

a rare, exotic ingredient, sugar has become a dietary staple. Anthropologist and sweets Julia Harrison takes participants on a journey from ancient sugar cane plantations to modern candy factories, uncovering sugar’s
economic and social significance.

  • Brewster: March 29, 6:30 p.m.
  • Chelan: March 26, 6:30 p.m.
  • Entiat: March 28, 4 p.m.
  • Moses Lake: March 30, 4 p.m.
  • Wenatchee: March 27, 6 p.m.




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