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Humanities Washington

The Foley Institute in collaboration with Humanities Washington is proud to announce its partnership in providing a speakers Bureau; a collection of speakers dedicated to nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across Washington state.

You can read a history of Humanities Washington here.

If you are interested in hosting Speaker’s associated with Humanities Washington, go to or contact Hannah Schwendeman at or call 206 682 1770 ext. 101.


2019-2020 Foley Fellows

Rebecca Craft

Rebecca Craft is the Herbert L. Eastlick Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences in the Department of Psychology at Washington State University. 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.

Dr. 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 Washington State University. His research focuses on political campaigns and has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, and in the Journal of Politics.

Dr. 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 Washington State University and 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.

Dr. 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. Sutton has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and MSNBC’s The Last Word.

Dr. 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.