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Upcoming Activities

Solomon Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities

Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m.
Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle (location and directions)

Lectures are free and open to the public.

  • Charles W. Mills on Race and Capitalism (May 16)

See detailed information on these lectures.

Spring Luncheon: Retired Washington Supreme Court Justice Bobbe J. Bridge: “A Judge’s Search for Children’s Rights: The Center for Children & Youth Justice”

Thursday, May 17, 11:45 a.m.
Seattle Yacht Club
1807 E. Hamlin Street, Seattle (map)

Bobbe J. Bridge is the founding president and CEO of the Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ), a nonprofit organization she created in 2006 to reform Washington State’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She served on the Washington Supreme Court from 2000 to 2008. Before that, she served on the King County Superior Court from 1990 to 2000, where she was chief Juvenile Court judge for three years. She continues to chair the Washington State Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care.

Before joining the bench, Justice Bridge was the first female partner at the Seattle law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer. She has been honored with numerous awards for her civic involvement, philanthropy, and service to children and youth. Bridge will discuss the formation of CCYJ and its work to improve the lives of children and youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.

Bridge is a Phi Bete and has served on the board of trustees of the Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa.

The luncheon will take place on Thursday, May 17, at the Seattle Yacht Club. Free parking is available in the adjacent parking lot. The luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m.; doors open at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $40 per person and guests are welcome. For your luncheon entrée you may select either chicken or vegetarian Portobello mushroom with roasted vegetables. Please let us know of any special dietary requests. Please make your reservation by May 10.

Humanities Achievement Award Presentation and Social

Thursday, May 24, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
UW Alumni Association Washington Commons (adjancent to UW Tower)
4333 Brooklyn Avenue N.E., Seattle (map)

On the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment of the Arts in 2015, we established our Humanities Achievement Award to recognize individuals and institutions who have contributed outstanding work in the humanities. On May 24, we will present this year’s award to David Armstrong, executive producer/artistic director of the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. He is being recognized for developing the 5th Avenue Theatre into one of our nation’s leading theatre companies, developing new works and innovative staging of acclaimed classical musicals. He has fostered local talent and developed mentoring programs to support young artists.

Phi Beta Kappa members and their guests are invited to join us for the award presentation and social. There is no charge to attend this event. Please send your RSVP by May 19 to [email protected] or call Linda Willenberg at 425-641-1606. Paid parking is available in area parking lots and on nearby streets. Several buses also stop nearby.

Please note: Due to the construction of the University District light rail station, there is a fence around the UW Tower and the UW Alumni Association building. Pedestrians can enter the complex from N.E. 45th Street and Brooklyn Avenue N.E. and walk south past UW Tower. Washington Commons is across the courtyard from the tower. There is also a pedestrian entrance, open until 6 p.m., from N.E. 43rd Street, between 12th and Brooklyn Avenues N.E.

Docent tour of the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden

Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m.
Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden
13735 24th Avenue S., SeaTac (map)

You and your guests are invited to join us for a docent tour of the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden. The garden is located adjacent to the SeaTac Community Center and includes a sensory garden, a Japanese garden, fuchsias, roses, daylilies, and irises. Parking is available adjacent to the garden and the community center.

The cost of the docent tour is $5 per person. Please RSVP with your payment by May 29.

Wooden O: Shakespeare’s King Lear in Luther Burbank Park

Sunday, August 12, 1:30 p.m.
Luther Burbank Park Amphitheatre
2040 84th Avenue S.E., Mercer Island (map)

Please join us to see a free production of King Lear by Wooden O (Seattle Shakespeare Company). The play will begin at 2 p.m. Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on and your own snacks/picnic. Look for the Phi Beta Kappa sign to sit near other Phi Betes and their guests.

Free parking is available at the park, and overflow parking is available at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center nearby. Bus service is available to the Mercer Island Park-and-Ride, which is a few blocks uphill from Luther Burbank Park.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Willenberg at [email protected] or (425) 641-1606.

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