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Public Programs

Events sponsored by the Community Education and Outreach Council of the Women’s University Club Foundation are free and open to the publics as part of the WUCF outreach to our broader community. (To ensure that attendance does not exceed the capacity of our venue, we require that you register for events. Directions for registering are below.)

Upcoming in 2021:

February 2021

Erik Larson, Fourth Ellen Stewart Blom Memorial Lecturer

imgOn February 26, 2021, The WUCF Ellen Stewart Blom Memorial Arts Lecture Series will present nationally acclaimed author Erik Larson, who will discuss his latest book The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz. In The New York Times (Feb, 25, 2020), reviewer Candice Millard praises this account of Winston Churchill’s “rescue of Western civilization from the edge of the abyss” during 1940-41, singling out Larson’s “remarkably skillful use of intimate diaries as well as public documents, some newly released, [to] transform the well-known record of 12 turbulent months . . . into a book that is fresh, fast and deeply moving.”

Larson is recognized worldwide as a master of narrative non-fiction; his bestselling books have won numerous awards and have remained on the New York Times bestseller lists for in some cases years on end. His most recent works include Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania; In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin; and The Devil in the White City.

No-host bar beginning at 6:00 PM; presentation at 7:00 PM, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Books available for purchase and signing. Women’s University Club (downstairs ballroom), 1105 Sixth Ave., Seattle.

Registration information to follow closer to the event date.


Events being Rescheduled from Fall 2020—Dates in 2021 TBD

imgSeattle Womens’s Jazz Orchestra  As part of the Earshot Jazz Festival, the famous Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) will bring their 8th Annual Composition Contest for Women Composers to the WUC Ballroom, featuring special guest trumpeter, Tanya Darby. Join us at 6:15 PM for a no-host bar; program at 7:30 PM. Bring your friends! Complimentary program offered as a gift to our community by the WUC Foundation. As soon as a new date can be set, tickets will be available through SWJO,


Double Delight Piano Concert  This duo piano concert features WUC member Shelley Dreyer-Green and WUC favorite performer Judith Cohen. The WUC Foundation offers this unique concert as a gift to our members and friends. You will thrill to the great sound of two grand pianos with two captivating pianists playing on our stage.


Previous Events:



On July 24, 2019, the Community Education & Outreach Council partnered with the Rotary Club of Seattle and others to present select segments of “The Secret Lives of Muslims,” Season Two—a documentary that uses humor and empathy to subvert stereotypes and reveal the truth about the experiences of American Muslims.

L to R: Rais Bhulyan, Aneela Afzzali, Richard McKinney, Joshua Seftel
credit @kristawelchphoto



On September 22, 2019, the third Ellen Stewart Blom Memorial Arts Lecture Series lecture was presented by Lynda V. Mapes, Science and Environment reporter for The Seattle Times, and author of several books, most recently Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak.



The Community Education & Outreach Council partnered with the Rotary Club of Seattle to sponsor a screening of “I Am Jane Doe”—a documentary film highlighting the fight against sex trafficking in America. (Learn more at img

The second Ellen Stewart Blom Memorial Arts Lecture Series lecture featured Jim Lynch, novelist, whose most recent book was Truth Like the Sun (2012).




The first Ellen Stewart Blom Memorial Arts Lecture Series lecture was presented by Phil Borges, social documentary photographer and filmmaker, whose recent works included Crazywise and Stirring the Fire: A Global Movement to Empower Women and Girls.