Helen R. Whiteley Center

A Retreat for Scholarly and Creative Activities


The Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center provides a refuge for established scholars and artists to study, write, create, and interact in a peaceful and quiet environment. It is located at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL), a marine science research and education center north of Puget Sound, Washington. Scholars at the Helen R. Whiteley Center can work in quiet isolation, and also take advantage of opportunities to meet with other Whiteley Center scholars and with scientists working at FHL.

Helen R. Whiteley Center

The Whiteley Center has been funded by the Helen R. Whiteley Foundation. The Foundation has worked with the University of Washington to provide a place for scholars as they carry out their creative work in the way that the Friday Harbor campus served Helen Whiteley in her career. The Center is both a tribute to the faculty of the University of Washington and an encouragement for scholars of all disciplines and from all places to perform their work in this inspirational setting.

The Helen R. Whiteley Center is administered by a committee of faculty members largely drawn from various departments of the University of Washington faculty.