New lecture series kicks off this month

Humanities Washington presents Hazel Miller Conversations in the Humanities, a lecture series designed to invite participation from new audiences and encourage exploration of new topics.

All six conversations begin at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave. W., in Lynnwood and are free and open to the public.

Speakers will facilitate discussions on a range of topics, including the state of journalism, female superheroes in pop culture, baseball and its history, world literature, and more. The series is a result of a partnership between Humanities Washington; the Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement program at Edmonds CC; and Sno-Isle Libraries.

Hazel Miller Conversations in the Humanities will feature members of Humanities Washington’s 2012-14 Speakers Bureau, a cohort of presenters who facilitate conversations about humanities topics. For more information and videos about each of these presentations, visit

The Hazel Miller Conversations in the Humanities lineup includes:

• Feb. 12: Acclaimed Asian-American author Shawn Wong presents “How to Write a Novel in Only 30 Years,” a reflection on the writing process.

• March 12: Veteran journalist Claudia Rowe presents “The New Front Page: 21st Century Journalism and What It Means for You,” a conversation about how the news business is changing — and what that means for us as readers, viewers, and listeners.

• April 9: Historian Bill Woodward presents “Coming Home: Baseball’s America,” a talk about baseball’s grip on America, using metaphors of hope and homecoming to trace the history of the game and our nation.

• May 21: Pop culture historian Jennifer K. Stuller presents “Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology,” a conversation examining the significance of the heroine in popular culture.

• Oct. 8: University of Washington professor Anu Taranath presents “The World in Washington: An Exploration of Literature and Our Lives,” a discussion about the powerful literature written by a wide range of Washingtonians, focusing on issues of racial difference and cultural diversity.

• Nov. 12: Film critic Robert Horton presents “The End of the Trail: How the Western Movie Rode into the Sunset,” a consideration of Western movies of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and what these films say about the culture of that period.

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