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Homelessness and the Meaning of Home with Josephine Ensign (Blaine Library)

March 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Josephine Ensign


Loss of a home, whether through financial difficulties, divorce, illness, or natural disasters like wildfires, is a widespread and growing problem affecting all of us. Often thought of as only an urban problem, homelessness also occurs in suburban and rural areas throughout Washington State. What are the historical roots of homelessness, and what lessons can we learn from them? What are the common meanings of home to us, and how can we apply those meanings to our responses to homelessness in our communities?

In this talk, author and professor Josephine Ensign leads audiences through a values clarification exercise that includes individual writing time. Professor Ensign will share her research on the history of homelessness in her hometown of Seattle, along with discussion of what these stories can teach us about the contemporary crisis of homelessness throughout our state and country.

Josephine Ensign (she/her) is a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her scholarship and practice as a nurse practitioner focus on trauma-informed care and health inequities for people marginalized by poverty and homelessness.

This program is sponsored by Humanities Washington.


March 9
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Whatcom READS
Whatcom County Library System


Blaine Library
610 3rd Street
Blaine, WA 98230 United States
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