The Humanities Connection

Thursday at 5:45 pm
Hosted by: MHC Executive Director Dr. Phoebe Stein

Humanities Connection explores the intersection of the humanities and our daily lives, reflects on the past to inform our future, celebrates the power of literature, and demonstrates the importance of a healthy civics education.

In each segment, MHC Executive Director Dr. Phoebe Stein invites MHC Speakers Bureau scholars, Board Members, and special guests to offer a mix of lively conversation and rich stories to capture the intellectual curiosity of WYPR listeners.

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The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) is a statewide, educational, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses the humanities to stimulate and promote informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders.  Opening Eyes. Opening Ears. Opening Minds.
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.  We encourage Marylanders with different backgrounds and viewpoints to see, hear and learn more about others and themselves. We believe that only informed, engaged citizens can build healthy, democratic societies.


Humanities Connection
5:49 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum

  When Dr. Elmer Martin and his wife Dr. Joanne Martin founded the nation's first black history wax museum in a store-front in downtown Baltimore in 1983, the museum featured 22 wax figures on display.

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Humanities Connection
5:30 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

One Maryland One Book: Wandering Books

What connections could be forged if everyone in the state read the same book?  Now in its seventh year, The Maryland Humanities Council's One Maryland One Book program encourages discussions across our entire community--from avid readers to reluctant ones.

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Humanities Connection
5:38 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Conversations with Oedipus

  October 20-22, Loyola University Maryland, with Maryland Humanities Council grant support, will host a three-day symposium exploring the contemporary value of Greek theatre.

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Humanities Connection
5:46 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

A Day at Clifton

In 1814 The Clifton Mansion, located in Clifton Park in Northeast Baltimore, was the home of Captain Henry Thompson, but today it is the headquarters for Civic Works, a local nonprofit that strengthens the Baltimore community through skill building and volunteerism.

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Humanities Connection
5:33 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Migrant Clinicians Network: Work. Respect. Dignity.

Credit Earl Dotter

Immigrants play an important role in Maryland’s agriculturally-driven economy on the Eastern Shore, but are they integrated into their communities?

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Humanities Connection
5:26 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Accokeek Foundation Food for Thought Festival

  For more than 50 years, the Accokeek Foundation has stewarded the shores of Piscataway Park on the Potomac River. It was one of the nation’s first land trusts, founded to protect the view from George Washington’s Mount Vernon across the River.

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Humanities Connection
6:25 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

The A-MAZEing Mendes Cohen

  As the city marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore, the Jewish Museum of Maryland opens the exhibit, “The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen,” which tells the tale of real-life Jewish adventurer, Mendes Cohen.

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Humanities Connection
5:47 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Johns Hopkins Archaeology Museum

Kylix signed by Phintias as painter, Greek, 510 BCE, JHUAM B4, Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum

  The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum’s collection contains over 9,000 artifacts. Its teaching collection employs an interactive and interdisciplinary approach for students that bring to life these found objects in new ways.

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Humanities Connection
5:07 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

The Battle of Hampstead Hill & Its Citizens Rediscovered

Without the land Battles of North Point and Hampstead Hill, where thousands of citizen soldiers, one fifth of which were African-Americans, delayed the British, the rockets’ red glare and the Birth of our National Anthem at Ft. McHenry might have had a very different outcome.

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Humanities Connection
5:48 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

The Humanities Explore Fundamental Questions

Photo courtesy of UMBC

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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