Humanities Washington series offers plenty of talking points

Discussions on nature, history, weather, politics, marijuana, war, race and comic-book heroes are coming to Sno-Isle Libraries as part of the Humanities Washington speakers bureau.

State climatologist Nick Bond will present Are Salmon Doomed? Hatching a Plan to Save a Northwest Icon, from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Clinton Community Hall, 6411 S. Central Ave. Bond will take a deeper look at the past, present and future of salmon in Washington.

The state’s darkest weather days and most infamous storms are the subject of Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Monroe Library meeting room. Local broadcaster and historian Feliks Banel explores storms with archival photos, radio and TV clips. Attendees can share memories of snowstorms, floods and lengthy power outages.

Washington State University pharmacology professor Rebecca Craft will present Marijuana: Evil Weed or Medical Miracle? Craft will cover the history of marijuana use and policy in the United States, explore shifts in public perception, and discuss the latest research. The talks are presented in partnership with Humanities Washington and The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at WSU. The presentation schedule is:

Clarence Moriwaki will present Let It Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese-American Exclusion from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Sultan Library. Moriwaki uses historical images, including historical and current propaganda, to explore the fear, racism and failure of political leadership that led to the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II, including on Bainbridge Island in March 1942. Moriwaki is president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and a founder and former president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association. The event is funded by Friends of the Sultan Library.

Everett Community College journalism educator T. Andrew Wahl will show how comic-book heroes shape the past, present and potential future with Four-Color Reality: How Comic Books and the Real World Shape Each Other from 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Edmonds Library.