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The Foley Institute in collaboration with Humanities Washington is proud to announce its partnership in providing a Speakers Bureau—a collection of presenters on a variety of topics who are dedicated to nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across Washington state.

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If you are interested in hosting speakers associated with Humanities Washington, go to humanities.org/programs/host/ or contact Hannah Schwendeman at hannah@humanities.org or call 206-682-1770, ext. 101

2021-2023 Humanities Washington/Foley Speakers

Michael Goldsby

Michael Goldsby is an associate professor of philosophy in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at WSU. He earned his PhD in the philosophy of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a part of the Columbia FEW Storage Project, a team of researchers testing innovations to ensure food, energy, and water security in the Columbia River Basin throughout the 21st century and beyond.


Bill Kabasenche

Bill Kabasenche is a professor of philosophy at WSU’s School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs. He is also the ethics thread director for the WSU College of Medicine and a fellow in the Center for Reproductive Biology. He has written about the use of pharmaceutical and genetic interventions to enhance human capacities for memory, moral behavior, and athletic performance.


Jennifer Sherman

Jennifer Sherman is a professor of sociology at WSU. Her qualitative research focuses on poverty and inequality, mainly in the rural Northwest. She is the author of two books, Dividing Paradise: Rural Inequality and the Diminishing American Dream (2021) and Those Who Work, Those Who Don’t: Poverty, Morality, and Family in Rural America (2009). She is also coeditor of the 2017 volume, Rural Poverty in the United States.


Steven Stehr

Steven Stehr is the Sam Reed Distinguished Professor in Civic Education and Public Civility at WSU and former director of the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, and the National Academy of Science.

Professor Stehr presents the roots and consequences of the post-truth era with a focus on politics and science. He discusses the rise of conspiracy theories and echo chambers in social media and how to find truth in an era of misinformation.


Matthew Sutton

Matthew Sutton is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at and chair of the history department at WSU. His book American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism discusses how charismatic Protestant preachers, anticipating the end of the world, paradoxically transformed it. He has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and MSNBC’s The Last Word and his articles have appeared in numerous media outlets.

Professor Sutton lectures on religious voting in America and how that voter block has come to hold so much power. He traces the history of the religious right and what their rise means for the current political system.


2019-2020 Foley Fellows

Rebecca Craft

Rebecca Craft is the Herbert L. Eastlick Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences in the Department of Psychology at WSU. Her focus is on research in understanding how drugs affect both our bodies and minds so that individuals can make well-informed choices regarding both medical and recreational drug use.

Professor Craft discusses the history of marijuana use and U.S. policy as well as recent research about both the potential health and harm of marijuana.


Travis Ridout

Travis Ridout is the Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Policy at WSU and director of the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs. His research focuses on political campaigns and has been published in the American Journal of Political Science; British Journal of Political Science; and Journal of Politics.

Professor Ridout lectures on the use of social media platforms and their increasing role in political elections and what this means for the American voter. He compares the pros and the cons of this phenomenon and what it means for future elections.


Steven Stehr

Steven Stehr is the Sam Reed Distinguished Professor in Civic Education and Public Civility at WSU and former director of the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, and the National Academy of Science.

Professor Stehr presents the roots and consequences of the post-truth era with a focus on politics and science. He discusses the rise of conspiracy theories and echo chambers in social media and how to find truth in an era of misinformation.


Matthew Sutton

Matthew Sutton is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University. His book American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism discusses how charismatic Protestant preachers, anticipating the end of the world, paradoxically transformed it. He has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and MSNBC’s The Last Word and his articles have appeared in numerous media outlets.

Professor Sutton lectures on religious voting in America and how that voter block has come to hold so much power. He traces the history of the religious right and what their rise means for the current political system.