Spark Conversation

This informative series is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Division at CBC, Battelle, Friends of the Richland Public Library, the East Benton County Historical Museum, the Franklin County Historical Museum, and the Mid-Columbia Libraries.  Presenters are chosen though the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau Program, local experts and scientific scholars through PNNL. 

Inspired, Challenged, Empowered

About The Series

Since 1992 the Community Lecture Series has been offering engaging and entertaining lectures to the Tri-Cities community and students.  The topics include historical, scientific, environmental and social topics relevant to our community and world. 

About Humanities Washington

Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. Find out more about the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau is one of Humanities Washington’s oldest and most popular programs. A roster of 35 cultural experts and scholars provides low-cost, high-quality public presentations across the state, encouraging audiences to think, learn, and engage in conversation. These diverse and engaging speakers cover a variety of topics, including popular culture, photography, architecture, literature, food, film, and history. Best of all – these presentations are free and open to the public. Find out more about the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Humanities Washington is a non-profit organization supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and by private contributors.

Speaker giving a lecture with computer at a podium

PNNL Lectures

For over 50 years, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has created a place for courageous discovery and innovation. PNNL’s extraordinary scientific and societal contributions inspire confidence and hope for a more prosperous, safe, and secure world. Battelle, operator of PNNL since 1965, is proud to be a founding sponsor of the Columbia Basin College Community Lecture Series. Through this partnership, we are helping the general public better understand and explore a variety of new topics, including how PNNL science is transforming the world.  This lecture series is brought to you in part by a grant through the Battelle Memorial Institute.

Lecture Series Committee

Lisa Adams, Richland Public Library
Maria Allan, Arts and Humanities, CBC
Elissa Burnley, Mid-Columbia Libraries
Christy Watts, East Benton County Historical Society
Damien Davis, Franklin County Historical Society
Jim Kelly, Retired
Bill McKay, Dean of Arts and Humanities, CBC
Cassandra Clark, Community Relations Office – PNNL
Megan Neer, Community Affairs and Protocol – PNNL


  • East Benton County Historical Society
  • Franklin County Historical Society
  • Friends of the Mid-Columbia Libraries
  • Friends of the Richland Public Library
  • Jim and Doris Kelly
  • Three Rivers Folklife Society
  • PNNL

All the lectures in this series will be presented at 7 p.m. and will be held at various community locations, unless otherwise indicated.

All lectures are open to the public and free of charge.


Richland Public Library

955 Northgate Dr, Richland, WA 99352

Mid-Columbia Libraries

1620 S Union St, Kennewick, WA 99338

East Benton County Historical Society & Museum

205 Keewaydin Dr., Kennewick, WA 99336

Franklin County Historical Society & Museum

305 N 4th Avenue., Pasco, WA 99301

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Past Topics

Since 1992 we have hundreds of lectures presented over the years to the community and students of the Tri-City community, here is a look back at what was offered.

Community Lecture Series Text

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