Speakers Series

floodlecture.JPGThe Moses Lake Museum & Art Center's Speakers Series brings you the best in historic and special interest presentations from speakers across Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Watch for book signings and special discounts on all books in the Museum Store during select programs.

All programs are FREE admission. 

The Speakers Series is made possible through the generosity of our members, donations and the support of local program partners and the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.
Know of an excellent speaker? Would your organization like to share quality cultural programming with our community?

Contact us at museum@cityofml.com and share your ideas, we'd love to hear from you.

Fall Speakers Series Partners & Sponsors

The 2018 Fall Speaker Series is presented in partnership with the Moses Lake Public Library. The Moses Lake Public Library belongs to the North Central Regional Library system serving 28 communities in a 5-county region.

The Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Washington via the Office of the Secretary of State, the Satterberg Foundation, the Women's History Consortium, The Boeing Company, the Norcliffe Foundation, and generous contributions from other businesses, foundations, and individuals.

Fall Speaker Series Programs

The Ancient Fruitcake: What Really, Really Old Food Tells Us about History, Culture, Love and Memory 

with Harriet Baskas
Date: Monday, October 22, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Civic Center Auditorium, 401 S. Balsam
Partner: Moses Lake Public Library
Sponsor: Humanities Washington

This talk is not about the old leftovers in the fridge. It is about food that is so old, so unusual, or so meaningful, that no one dares throw it away. Discover the foods archeologists have found buried with mummies, the petrified banana so appealing it sparked a Banana Museum, the 350-year-old fruitcake

handed down through generations, 2000-year-old bog butter; and the pickle that has been in a jar since the 1860s. During this "chew and chat," author and broadcaster Harriet Baskas explores how and why these and other formerly fresh foods may have been forgotten, intentionally tucked away, or preserved due to unusual or peculiar circumstances. And, more importantly, we'll talk about how these and other vintage vittles can and do hold memories, tell stories, and connect us with family, culture, and history.

Harriet Baskas has a Masters in Communications from the University of Washington, and has served as the general manager for three community radio stations in Oregon and Washington. She is the author of seven books, including Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can't or Won't Show You, and has created award-winning radio programs on topics as varied as cowgirls, unusual museums, aging boomers, and the Seattle World's Fair for National Public Radio and regional public radio stations. Seattle based, she currently writes about airports, air travel, museums, and other topics for NBC News, CNBC, USA Today, and other outlets. Baskas lives in Seattle.

The High Road: Fighting Selfishness through Dialogue

With Tony Osborne
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Civic Center Auditorium, 401 S. Balsam\
Partner: Moses Lake Public Library
Sponsor: Humanities Washington

Many of us fall into habitual patterns of selfishness when speaking with others: interrupting, not listening, and constantly shifting the conversation to ourselves. Living in such a "mecentered" version of reality leaves little room to accommodate divergent perspectives. Dialogue is a special partnership, based on mutual respect. It is the central method for discovering and exploring human truths, and it is the best means we have to nurture understanding and tolerance. In this talk, professor Tony Osborne traces dialogue to its ancient roots and discusses its preconditions, such as the necessity of quieting the ego and suppressing the urge to "one-up" the other. Cultivating a desire to engage in dialogue teaches humility and broadens a person's horizons. Discover how at the deepest levels, dialogue may even bring about inner and outer serenity while checking aggressive impulses, which can be directed without—or within.

Tony Osborne spent nine years teaching at the first liberal arts university behind the Iron Curtain, the American University in Bulgaria. In Bulgaria he served as a consultant to international companies, promoted community journalism, and helped media outlets transition from government-controlled voices to independent entities. Since 2002, Osborne has taught at Gonzaga University, where he is a professor of communication studies. Prior to teaching, Osborne wrote about science, medicine, politics, and the arts as a feature writer for an East Coast daily newspaper. His recent book,"Greed is Good" and Other Fables: Office Life in Popular Culture, explores the great American dilemma: the choice between conformity or adventure; between the office or the road. Osborne lives in Spokane.

Not Just for Kids: How Children's Literature Inspires Bold Conversations
With Anu Taranath
Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Partner: Moses Lake Public Library
Sponsor: Humanities Washington Children's books such as Curious George and Goodnight Moon are often beloved by children, sparking their imaginations and providing warmth and comfort. But books like these can also inspire adults— helping us

to imagine ourselves in a new way and think about society from a new perspective. In this talk, University

of Washington, lecturer Anu Taranath will showcase children's books from around the world as well as diverse communities in the US, inviting audiences to take a closer look at kids' books, and suggests we adults might also learn some new lessons about how to navigate our complicated world. Within these seemingly simple stories are important messages about how we think about our differences, and importantly, how we might rethink our similarities.

Anu Taranath is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington specializing in global literature, identity, race, and equity. She is the recipient of University of Washington's Distinguished Teaching Award and a "Best of Seattle" designation from the Seattle Weekly, as well as multiple national Fulbright awards and fellowships. She also works as a consultant for schools, colleges, libraries, community organizations, and government agencies on social justice and global issues. Taranath lives in Seattle.