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Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau events for teens and adults will return to Sno-Isle Libraries in online form. 

After coronavirus forced Sno-Isle Libraries to cancel all in-person events through August, staff looked at available options to move events into the digital realm.  

Sno-Isle Libraries customers will use Zoom to participate in Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau events.
Sno-Isle Libraries customers will use Zoom to participate in upcoming Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau events.

The staff at Humanities Washington was thinking along the same lines to continue their programs. 

When Sno-Isle Libraries started moving programs and events into virtual formats, we were happy to find that Humanities Washington was eager to continue our established partnership and collaborated with us to provide a series of virtual Speakers Bureau presentations,” Oak Harbor Library Manager Jane Lopez-Santillana said. 

Sno-Isle Libraries will present Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau events on Zoom, the free online meeting platform. 

The first Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau event is Washington on Wheels: Odd and Innovative Transportation Ideas from the Pacific Northwest. The hourlong program starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 13. 

Author and broadcaster Harriet Baskas will take the audience on a tour of notable highlights of state transportation history, examining not just how we get around, but why we travel and where we might be going next. Baskas’ presentation covers canoe journeys, Boeing, flying cars and more. 

Participants will be invited to share family stories of migration, memories of first flights and unforgettable car trips, and consider a future of autonomous cars and vacations in space. 

Baskas has a master’s degree in communications from the University of Washington, has been general manager for three Pacific Northwest radio stations, and has created award-winning radio for NPR. Her books include Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You. She currently writes about airports, air travel and museums for outlets that include NBC News, CNBC and USA Today. 

Additional Speakers Bureau events include Heating Up: The Ethics of Climate Change from 2-3:30 p.m. on June 18, July 21 and Aug. 4; Four-Color Reality: How Comic Books and the Real World Shape Each Other at 1 p.m. June 27; From Mexican to Mexican-American: A Family Immigration Story at 7 p.m. July 9; Let It Not Happen Again – Lessons of the Japanese-American Exclusion at 7 p.m. July 28; and Comic-Book Reality: Superheroes and the Power of Representation at 7 p.m. Aug. 17.

In Heating Up, ethicist Brian Henning discusses how global warming itself is a symptom of a larger issue. While the laundry list of problems wrought by climate change is well-known, few talk about how personal moral beliefs about nature have led us to the brink. 

Henning is a professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University and the chair of itEnvironmental Studies department. He has delivered nearly 100 community presentations to general and academic audiences. 

In Four-Color Reality and Comic-Book Reality, journalist and comic-book aficionado T. Andrew Wahl will show how the nation’s past, present and possible future can be revealed in comics. Wahl teaches journalism at Everett Community College and has worked as an editor and editorial cartoonist. He focuses on the Bronze Age (1975-85) of the American comic book and studied comic books as a part of his master’s degree in the humanities at Fort Hays State University. 

In From Mexican to Mexican-AmericanUniversity of Washington professor emeritus Carlos Gil reflects on his family’s immigration story from Mexico to America. 

In Let It Not Happen Again, Clarence Moriwaki uses historical images, including historical and current propaganda, to explore the fear, racism and failure of political leadership that led President Franklin Roosevelt to order the internment of Japanese-American citizens in World War II. 

To get a Zoom invitation for these events, register with an email address. The day of the event, Sno-Isle Libraries will email an invitation to all registrants with a link to join the presentation. 

Be on the lookout for more Speakers Bureau offerings soon,” Lopez-Santillana said. “Sno-Isle Libraries will continue to add Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau virtual events to our schedule as we confirm additional presentations.”