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A community conversation about the power of stories

March 11, 2013 · 10:09 AM

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The Orcas Island Public Library and Humanities Washington invite the community to a conversation with Anu Taranath, a member of the 2012-14 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. This free event takes place Friday, March 15, 11 a.m. at Orcas Island High School.

Stories seem innocuous, fictional, not real and imaginary; they are seemingly easy to dismiss – but are also potent and gripping. Humans are narrative creatures, all of us, and the stories we read or hear can stay with us for years after their telling. Can picking up a book or two help thread our different communities together into something more collective, shared or known? Focusing on issues of racial difference, cultural diversity, immigration and identity, professor of literature Anu Taranath will introduce us to inspirational and absorbing literature written by a wide range of Washingtonians. This conversation will help us better understand who comprises our state, the range of perspectives Washingtonians have and strategies for living together with more clarity and intention.

For more about Speakers Bureau, visit www.humanities.org/programs/speakers.

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