Arts & Humanities Series

Our 2018-19 Arts & Humanities Series is centered on the notion of a Legacy. We will witness a 93-year old Holocaust survivor teaching by example the importance of remembering the past and the strength of loving others, we will learn about the through line of three musical theatre artists whose craft have ensured the staying power of an American art form, we will celebrate an author’s prolific body of work and his compassionate-led life both having had a profound impact on many, and we will consider the powerful words of some contemporary poets as we ask ourselves what will be our personal legacy in today’s decidedly political climate.

Big Sonia

Sunday, October 21 | 4 pm

The first lecture in our Arts & Humanities Series will feature members of the creative team of the award-winning documentary, BIG SONIA.

Eric Frith, Vashon resident and BIG SONIA story producer, will join co-directors Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday to discuss how they developed the story arc of Sonia’s amazing life journey and the powerful messages she continues to share with individuals, schools, and communities across the nation.

David Armstrong

Sunday, November 11 | 4 pm

Genius Handed Down: The History of the American Musical in One Continuous Thread of Artistry

David Armstrong (Artistic Director Emeritus of The 5th Avenue Theatre) will discuss the significant role that the Broadway musical has played in American society and how nearly its entire 120-year history can be told through the work and personal connections of three groundbreaking artists – Oscar Hammerstein (Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific), Steven Sondheim (West Side Story, Follies, Into the Woods), and Lin Manuel Miranda (In the Heights, Hamilton.) With special guest Albert Evans.

Rick Barot

Sunday, January 27 | 4 pm

The Personal and the Political

We’re living in tumultuous, grief-struck times, and poetry’s role as a catalyst for redress has never been more necessary. As we process each day’s onslaught of news, many of us struggle to reconcile our roles as artists, citizens, agents of resistance, conscience, and care. In Rick Barot’s presentation and discussion, we’ll look at a handful of poets whose works illustrate the ways we might pivot—whether messily or fluidly—between the personal and the political, the private and the historical. The poets to be discussed will include Lucille Clifton, Danez Smith, Layli Long Soldier, and others.

Mike Feinstein on Brian Doyle

Sunday, February 17 | 4 pm

Story Catcher: The Life and Writing of Brian Doyle

The prodigious writer Brian Doyle, whose humorous and poignant prose earned him several prestigious awards and a national reputation, died of brain cancer in 2017 at the too-young age of 60. His voice lives on through his far-ranging stories, essays, and novels that are brimming with universal, life-changing truths. The evening will be moderated by Mike Feinstein and will offer a spirited discussion of his life and work with some of the people who knew him best.