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Humanities Connection

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  • Hosted by Hosted by: Maryland Humanities Executive Director Dr. Phoebe Stein

Humanities Connection explores the role of the humanities in our daily lives, and features lively reflections around topics like education, literature, health care, race, politics, religion, history, and more.

Joining Phoebe for each segment is a series of special guests, including Maryland Humanities partners, board members, and local humanists. The result is a mix of stories and conversation designed to shed light on the human experience and stimulate the intellectual curiosity of our listeners.

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Maryland Humanities is a statewide, educational nonprofit that creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities.

What are the humanities? The humanities explore the human experience. Through the humanities, we think about who we are – our ideas, our histories, our literature, our values – and how we relate to one another. The humanities include literature, history, philosophy, archaeology, languages, theology, jurisprudence, ethics, art history, architecture, and some disciplines of the social sciences.

Literature and Medicine

Nov 17, 2017

A Brief History of Black Feminism

Nov 9, 2017

The black feminist movement has stayed in the spotlight over the last few years. Melissa Brown, a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, delves into the history and the pioneering women behind the movement.

Books: A Doorway to Discovery

Nov 2, 2017

The years before children enter the classroom are crucial to setting a student on the path to academic success. Young parents may not know where to start, but librarians are there to help.  Dorothy Stoltz, from the Outreach and Program Services Department at the Carroll County Library, tells us about the Library’s “Read at Your Library” program and its success in preparing students for a lifetime of learning.

Morality: Science or Humanities?

Oct 25, 2017

How do the historical dynamics between traditional cultures and modernity influence our contemporary beliefs about morality? Lindsay Thompson, Maryland Humanities board member and an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School tells us more.

Forced Servitude at Hampton

Oct 18, 2017

History tells us that many Americans, whether black or white, shared similar experiences in early America. Some of that history has been uncovered right in our backyard through the Hampton National Historic Site. Anokwale Anansesemfo, historian of the African Diaspora in America and national park ranger at Hampton, tells us more about Hampton’s history of forced servitude.

Connecting with Students through Literature

Oct 12, 2017

Better Living Through the Humanities

Oct 5, 2017

What is the importance of the humanities to the future of our nation? Dr. Jim Salvucci, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Buena Vista University offers this reflection of how the humanities bring meaning to our lives.

One Maryland One Book, Teacher's Perspective

Sep 22, 2017

Here is the copy: Each fall Maryland Humanities One Maryland One Book program brings together diverse people in communities across Maryland through the shared reading of one book. What some may not realize is that this program also serves as a valuable tool for educators. This week we offer a reflection from our archives. Nicole Little Cook, Library Media Specialist at Seneca Valley High School in Montgomery County, reflects on the 2014 One Maryland One Book, “The Distance Between Us: a Memoir” by Reyna Grande.

Andrea Lewis

Sep 14, 2017

One Maryland One Book, a program of Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities, is the state’s largest reading and discussion program. Each fall, this program brings together diverse groups of Marylanders from across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. Andrea Lewis, Program Officer at Maryland Humanities, tells us more.

William Egginton

Sep 8, 2017

A common question faced by liberal arts majors and educators alike is how their education will serve them later in life. William Egginton, director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins  University, tells us more about the new Institute and how it serves its students through the humanities.

Judy Pittinger

Aug 24, 2017

The cornerstone of Maryland Humanities’ mission is lifelong learning in the humanities. Judy Pittenger, a former Roland Park Country School teacher who now offers continuing education courses through the school’s Kaleidoscope program, tells us more about the value of lifelong learning.

Reading Partners

Aug 17, 2017

The transformative power of literacy is well documented. Reading Partners Baltimore, a local nonprofit, seeks to ensure every Baltimore student has the tools to become a lifelong reader. Allison Jones, regional site coordinator and AmeriCorps Fellow, tells us more.

Humanities in Healthcare

Aug 10, 2017

How can the humanities be used to help doctors provide better care for their patients? Meg Chisolm, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine, tells us more.

The Peale Museum

Aug 3, 2017

Did you know that the Peale is the oldest museum building in the United States? Nancy Proctor, director of the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, tells us a bit about the Peale’s past, present, and future in Baltimore.

Finding and Cultivating Your Ideas

Jul 27, 2017

One of the most popular questions writers face from their curious audiences is “where do you get your ideas?” Elisabeth Dahl, a local author who writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults, tackles that question as well as its natural follow-up: “how do you bring those ideas to life?”

Baltimore’s Civil Rights Heritage

Jul 20, 2017

What do you remember about the Civil Rights movement? A new project from Baltimore Heritage seeks to document and preserve local civil rights history. Baltimore Heritage’s Director of Preservation and Outreach, Eli Pousson, tells us more.

Humanism in Archaeology

Jul 6, 2017
Lost Towns Project.

We know archaeology connects us to the past, but how does it reveal the humanity of our ancestors?  Jane Cox, Chief of Historic Preservation for Anne Arundel County and Board Member for the Lost Towns Project, an Anne Arundel County-based nonprofit and recent Maryland Humanities grantee, tells us more.

History of the Bay Bridge

Jun 29, 2017

Have you ever wondered about the history of the Bay Bridge as you drive across it each summer? Maggie Pelta-Pauls, intern at Preservation Maryland, tells us a bit about how this invaluable connector and Maryland landmark came to be.

Ellouise Schoettler's Living History

Jun 22, 2017

This July, Maryland Humanities is commemorating the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I with its free living history performance series, Chautauqua. Ellouise Schoettler, a storyteller whose living history performance is drawn from letters from Maryland nurses who served in France during the War, tells us more.

Historic Ocean City

Jun 15, 2017

Many of us spend our summer vacation time at Ocean City – but do you know the history behind this scenic beach and boardwalk? Meagan Baco, communications director at Preservation Maryland, tells us how this go-to summer spot came to be, and how her organization works to preserve its history for generations to come.

This segment originally aired July 2016.

Billie Holiday Project for the Liberation Arts

Jun 1, 2017

How can the humanities help to recover and celebrate the literature, history, and arts of African-American communities in West Baltimore? Lawrence Jackson, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Departments of English and History at Johns Hopkins University, tells us about his new initiative, set to operate through JHU’s Center for Africana Studies beginning this summer.

The Way We Worked in Carroll County

May 25, 2017

Did you know that wormseed oil production is one of the oldest industries in Maryland?  We’re bringing a Smithsonian traveling exhibition, The Way We Worked, to five communities in Maryland this year and companion exhibitions will uncover the unique history of work in our state. Joanne Weant, manager of Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, tells us about the focus of the companion exhibit on this third stop of the tour.

The Old Greenbelt Theatre

May 18, 2017

How can a vintage movie house engage its community in ways beyond just screening films? Dr. Caitlin McGrath tells us about how the Old Greenbelt Theatre serves as a cultural hub for lifelong learning for the greater Greenbelt community. 

Do you know what a skipjack is? Or what a wooden eel pot is used for? These are just some of the traditions of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which will be brought to life for locals and visitors alike in the Maryland Humanities-supported Delmarvalous Festival on May 20. Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, tells us more.

The Ties that Thrive: Humanities in Communities

May 4, 2017

As the continuation of  federal funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities remains uncertain, we reflect upon the impact of the humanities and arts in communities both large and small throughout the country. Anne Wise, director of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s National Arts and Sciences Initiative, shares her perspective.

Judgement Day for Maryland History Contest

Apr 28, 2017
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Each year, more than 27,000 middle and high school students, throughout the state, compete in the historical research contest known as Maryland History Day. On April 29, more than 600 of those students will move on to the state contest at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

The Revelatory Power of Language

Apr 13, 2017

How does the language we use reflect who we are? Christine Mallinson, sociolinguist and associate professor of Language, Linguistics, and Culture at UMBC, shares what our word patterns can reveal.

Literary Mount Vernon

Apr 6, 2017
Maryland Humanities

 

Want to get some fresh air and learn about some of Baltimore’s literary greats? Spring marks the return of Maryland Humanities’ Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour, with tours beginning on April 15. Here to tell us more about the charms of Historic Mount Vernon is one of the tour’s docents, Anne Cantler Fulwiler.

The History of Work in Kent County

Mar 30, 2017

Nina Johnson, executive director of Sumner Hall in Chestertown tells us about the history of work in Kent County.

Sumner Hall is one of five sites in Maryland that will host The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition. The exhibit will be at Sumner Hall through May 19, 2017.

The Humanities Explore Fundamental Questions

Mar 22, 2017

Students who study the humanities as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education explore questions fundamental to the human existence. Who are we? Where have we been?

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