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Where People and Ideas Connect

The Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities theme for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years is The Global Village. We will explore the connections that we as individuals, as community members, and as world citizens have with each other. All events hope to engage students, faculty, staff and administrators at SCC in these important topics.

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The Global Village: Grow your world

Some of the topics the Hagan Center will explore:
  • how international events and conflicts affect our local region
  • the ripple effects of our individual, regional, and national choices
  • how travel and international experiences expand our points of view
  • the ways our academic community can support international students
  • opportunities for travel and studies abroad

Come to the Center and explore these and other questions with us this year!

Check our events page for information on what's happening at the Center. You may also want to visit our Facebook page and check out what people are saying about the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities at Spokane Community College.

Watch for more details to come and plan to join us throughout the academic year at the Hagan Foundation Center – the place where people and ideas will meet!


The Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities is dedicated to integrating liberal arts and humanities with the technical programs offered at SCC. The Center is also a significant way for SCC to contribute to the community's cultural life. The Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities is a place where a community of minds can gather to explore various perspectives and ideas.


  • Infuse liberal arts and humanities across the campus curriculum.
  • Create a humanities-based model for academic inquiry.
  • Instill critical thinking skills and an appreciation for the humanities in SCC students.
  • Raise community awareness of the scope and variety of campus programs.
  • Enrich the community with humanities offerings.
  • Foster a life-long love of literacy and learning.

NEH Challenge Grant

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Did you know?
The Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities received the 2007 ACRL/CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program Achievement Award.

From 2005-2007, the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities was supported in part by a generous National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant.

NEH challenge grants help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Awards are made to museums, public libraries, colleges, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, public television and radio stations, universities, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit entities.

For additional information regarding NEH Challenge grants, please see:

List of Sponsors

The NEH Challenge Grant is designed to match Center contributions on a 1:3 basis. The following is a list of those who (as of January 2006) have generously contributed and helped us meet the NEH challenge and grow the Center's endowment for the benefit of the students and the community.

  • 3E Design Group PS
  • Dwight Aden
  • ALSC Architects PS
  • Arby's Restaurants of Spokane
  • Marjorie Black Peterson
  • Kristianne and John Blake
  • David B. Bosch
  • Bouten Construction Company
  • Andrew M. Buddington
  • Mary Jane Broom
  • Liz Burroughs
  • Mary M. Carr
  • Elise Chadwick
  • Wendell K. Chun
  • D.A. Davidson
  • Farmers and Merchants Bank
  • Fetterman Foundation
  • Neal* and Helen Fosseen
  • Garco Construction
  • Doris P. Givens
  • Sally K. Grabicki
  • Tom Greene
  • Robert M. Griffith
  • Diane and Ted Gunning
  • Roberto Gutierrez
  • Cornelius E. Hagan
  • Gerald and Nila Hagood
  • Steve Hanson
  • Jim Harless
  • Mary Harnetiaux
  • Rick and Linda Harrison
  • Ralph Hein
  • Hollister Stier
  • John and Erma Hultman
  • Inland Construction
  • Integrus Architecture PS
  • Jewett Foundation
  • Brian Jones
  • Doug Jones
  • DeDe Keating
  • KHQ TV
  • Kiemle and Hagood Company
  • Carol Landa-McVicker
  • Latah Creek Wine Cellars
  • Lon C. Lee
  • J.H. Leuthold Living Trust
  • Elizabeth C. McInturff
  • Scott Morgan
  • Craig T. Nelson
  • Lois A. Neswick
  • Northwest Architectural
  • Eric R. Paulson
  • Alma Pearson
  • Pearson Packaging
  • Ruth Pearson
  • Shirley Pederson
  • Grant Person
  • Bridget Piper
  • Potlatch
  • Rehn and Associates
  • Ned Rumpeltes
  • Lee J. Sahlin
  • Nancy Siegel
  • Sodexho Marriott Services
  • Verona Southern
  • Spokane County Head Start
  • Sterling Savings Bank
  • Gail D. Stevenson
  • Paul L. Tesch
  • Terry Tombari
  • Barbara and Richard Umbdenstock
  • Carolyn Wall
  • Washington Trust Bank
  • Wilkerson and Associates
  • Peter Williams
  • Mary Wilson
  • Kenneth Winkes
  • Wine Tasting Proceeds 2004
  • Wine Tasting Proceeds 2005
  • Erick Woods



If you would like to donate funds to support the efforts of the Center, please use the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation's "Giving to Endowments" feature to give a one-time or recurring gift online. Just specify the Center for Humanities Endowment (as distinguished from the Hagan Student Book Endowment) as the endowment to which you wish to donate.

If you would like to donate, but you do not want to use the online method, please see the donation letter of intent (PDF).


Booking the Center


The Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities is available for CCS-sponsored lectures, meetings, and presentations.

» Booking Request Form (PDF)

» Map of the Center (PDF)

To ask questions or get more information about booking the center, please send email to or call 533-7045.

For additional information about the Center and its activities, please get in touch with one of the following contacts:

You may also want to visit our Facebook page.

The Center is located on the Spokane Community College campus in the Learning Resources Center (Building 16). It is on the second floor of the library.

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More about Events

All events take place in the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities (Learning Resources Center, Bldg. 16, Second Floor) unless otherwise noted.

If you have questions about our events, please contact Brenda Martinson at (509) 533-7045 or

Friday, April 11, 2014 - Get Lit! "Bedtime Stories" - 9:30 and 10:30 am

Bring your class to the Hagan Center this Friday at 9:30 or 10:30 for a Get Lit! tradition: regional writers reading original fiction at SCC.

Humanities Washington's popular "Bedtime Stories" event returns for an intimate conversation between the audience and featured regional writers. Sharma Shields, author of Favorite Monster, will read and answer questions with Shawn Vestal, author of Godforsaken Idaho, in a reprise of the 2013 Humanities Washington event, for which the writers wrote original pieces based on the theme of "Pillow Talk." Shields' story collection brings Cyclops, werewolves, and serial killers to your front door, revealing the monster in all of us. In his debut collection, Vestal tells tales of regretful men in heaven and relentless missionaries in the early days of Mormonism.

Please note that the 9:30 and 10:30 sessions will repeat the same format of author readings and Q & A.

Contact Andrea Reid for more information.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Deborah Amos - 9:30 am

The President Speaker Series and Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities in partnership with Get Lit! invite you to share an evening with internationally acclaimed news correspondent and author, Deborah Amos, at the Spokane Community College (SCC) Lair Auditorium on Wednesday, April 9th at 7pm. She will also speak to the SCC campus on Thursday, April 10th, at 9:30am in the Hagan center (located on the second floor of the library, building 16).

Deborah Amos travels extensively across the Middle East covering a range of stories; her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She garnered widespread recognition for her coverage of the Gulf War in 1991 and, during her prolific career, has won several awards, such as the 2004 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for coverage of Iraq, the 2009 Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown University, and the 2010 Edward R. Murrow Life Time Achievement Award by Washington State University. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Amos is also the author of Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile, and Upheaval in the Middle East (Public Affairs, 2010) and Lines in the Sand: Desert Storm and the Remaking of the Arab World (Simon and Schuster, 1992).

Deborah Amos

To learn more about Deborah Amos, please visit:

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Barry Lopez - 10:30 am

Barry Lopez will be giving this Thursday, November 21st—he will be in the Hagan Center for a student-led Q & A at 10:30 AM.

We would love to have you bring your class to hear Lopez speak, and we have a couple good resources that will introduce him and his writing to your students.

A short youtube video will give students an overview of his interests and personality:

Additionally, we have copies of two essays from Lopez's book, About This Life: "The American Geographies" and "A Passage of Hands". These essays are short and accessible—

  • "The American Geographies" explores Americans' lack of connection to their local geography, a lack of regional understanding that allows for the continued promotion of a national ‘mythic' American landscape.
  • "A Passage of Hands" uses the metaphor of hands to tell a life story, his own, from birth through adulthood, in a beautifully-written essay.

Wednesday November 6, 2013 - Beacon Hill Reading - An Evening of Poetry - 6:30-7:30 PM


The Beacon Hill Reading Series features local and regional authors reading from their work. Meant to unite the various literary communities of Spokane, the series aims also to make well-crafted writing accessible to a general audience. The series is free and open to the public.

Contact: Maya Zeller, Gwendolyn James, Laura Read, or Scott Orme

Thursday October 31, 2013 - Fulbright Scholar from Ghana - Dr. Issaka Kanton Osumanu - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Open lecture on:
"Environment and Sustainable Development in Ghana:
The Potential Effects of Climate Change"

Wednesday October 30, 2013 - Jose Barajas - Becoming an Architect - 9:30-10:30 AM

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) SCC club is hosting a lecture by Jose Barajas, a young architect, on his experience starting out in the practice of architecture. He will share insights into what he learned regarding getting his first job in a professional office environment. The lecture is free and open to the public. A question and answer period will follow.

Tuesday October 22, 2013 - Documentary – "Girl Rising" - 1:00 - 3:00 PM


Join the Movement: Experience Girl Rising in Spokane! Girl Rising is a ground breaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.


In 1997, Dr. Hagan established the Hagan Foundation to support charitable initiatives in the Spokane community. The foundation's emphasis is on education. For many years Dr. Hagan and the Hagan Foundation have quietly supported literacy and book-purchase initiatives at the Community Colleges of Spokane. This includes the establishment of the Hagan Students' Book Endowment in 1999 which provides assistance to full-time community college students who need help purchasing text books. Because improving SCC library acquisitions in the humanities is a major emphasis of SCC center for the Humanities, Dr. Hagan has also made a significant contribution to the center's campaign. This donation, coupled with Dr. Hagan's and the Hagan Foundation's generous support of literacy initiatives at CCS, make it very fitting for the center to bear the Hagan Foundation name. As of its dedication on September 20, 2005, the center will be called The Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities. Dr. Hagan's generosity has only been matched by one other individual in the CCS Foundation's history. His generosity deserves recognition and is sincerely appreciated by the CCS Foundation, the community colleges, and the students we serve.

The center is funded by a growing Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation Endowment. The endowment campaign, which has been generously supported by the community, has been augmented by a National Endowment for the Humanities (matching) Challenge Grant. The foundation received a substantial gift from the Hagan Foundation for which the center is named.

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Dr. Cornelius Hagan, standing in front of the Center sign, on the day of the dedication

The Hagan Foundation is named for Dr. Cornelius Hagan. Dr. Hagan was a retired Spokane ear, nose and throat specialist and a life-long lover of books. He was a 1935 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He completed his internship and surgical residency at Englewood (N.J.) Hospital, followed by another internship and residency with the Ear, Nose and Throat Service at Columbia - Presbyterian Medical School and Babies Hospital in New York City. World War II brought Dr. Hagan to Spokane. Here he completed his tour of duty with the U.S. Air Corps at Fort George Wright. Dr. Hagan stated that, after a brief vacation, he and his wife came back to Spokane and stayed, practicing medicine until his retirement in 1978.

Dr. Hagan quietly supported literacy and book-purchase initiatives over the years, including a CCS endowment fund that provides assistance to full-time community college students who need help purchasing textbooks, said CCS Foundation Executive Director Gail Stevenson. "When we reviewed Dr. Hagan's generous support for these kinds of projects, it seemed very fitting to dedicate the Humanities Center in his honor, since improving SCC Library acquisitions in the humanities is a major emphasis of the center," she added.

Dr. Hagan passed away February 23, 2012.

(L to R) Dr. Gary Livingston, Chancellor/CEO, CCS; Dr. Cornelius Hagan; and President Steve Hanson, President, SCC, during the dedication ceremony
(L to R) Gail Stevenson, Executive Director, CCS Foundation; Dr. Cornelius Hagan; and Donni Heidenson, Hagan Foundation, during the dedication ceremony

2007-2010: Sustainability - During the 2007-2008, 2008-2009, and 2009-2010 academic years, Spokane Community College's Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities explored topics related to sustainability.



2006-2007: Leadership - During the 2006-2007 academic year, Spokane Community College's Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities collaborated with the CCS Leadership Development Program, providing the college and district with a wide array of speakers who explored leadership from multiple perspectives. From networking and branding in the world of business and leadership in the MySpace generation to leadership in a global and diverse world, the campus community explored how everyone can be a leader no matter what role (s)he has in today's society. Adjunct faculty member Amy McCaffree coordinated the Hagan Center events.

In addition to the leadership events, the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities partnered with Whitworth College and SCC's President's Speakers Series to bring Anne Lamott to Spokane in May. This event was held in the Cowles Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Whitworth College and was free and open to the public. Anne Lamott is the best-selling author of Bird by Bird, Operating Instructions, and Traveling Mercies. Her collection of essays entitled Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith was published March 2007.

The Center also co-sponsored Get Lit!, helping to bring environmental historian Donald Worster to Spokane and co-sponsoring Tim Egan and Jess Walter's presentation, "Off the Record: A Conversation." For the second year, the Center had the privilege of hosting a Get Lit! breakfast and panel discussion with some of the festival's authors.

The WWI Years

2005-2006: The WWI Years - During the 2005-2006 academic year, Spokane Community College's Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities guided students, faculty, and staff through the complex historical, political, and cultural issues surrounding World War I during the college-wide study project World War I: America Becomes a World Power. Drawing from resources provided by National Video Resources, the American Library Association, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the project used video, film, guest speakers, and other special events to trace the causes of war, the tragedy of combat and its aftermath. SCC English instructors Angela Rasmussen and Andrea Reid acted as co-directors of the study project. SCC history instructor Stacey Kowtko served as project scholar, while Nancy Coffey was project librarian.

For more information, please visit SCC's WWI Years website.

2004-2005: Culinary Culture was the Center's inaugural project. During fall quarter 2004, the college focused on the power and impact of food on civilization. The project was an unqualified success. For a more complete look at the project, please visit

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