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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.

50 Years of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Sep 8, 2016

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Virginia is hosting a four-day celebration, Human/Ties. This public humanities forum will be held from September 14th through the 17th in Charlottesville, Virginia. NEH Chairman William Adams joins us now to reflect on the last fifty years of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Democracy Then & Now

Sep 1, 2016

As the upcoming general election approaches, we reflect upon the critical importance of political participation. “Democracy Then and Now: Citizenship and Public Education,” a Maryland Humanities-supported initiative at the University of Maryland, asks students, faculty, staff, and all Marylanders to consider how public higher education has contributed to the inclusion and exclusion of certain people in full citizenship, including voting rights. Kimberly Coles, associate professor of English at University of Maryland, tells us about a recent court case that sheds light on the role of public education in civic participation

History of Canton

Aug 25, 2016

Have you ever wondered how the neighborhood of Canton was given its name?The first ethnic Chinese to set foot in the U.S. right here in Baltimore’s Harbor in 1785 when John O’Donnell, an Irish merchant, landed his ship, the Pallas, in Baltimore Harbor in the newly independent United States on August 12, 1785. Dr. Evan Dawley an Assistant Professor of History at Goucher College tells us more about the world-traveler who gave name to an iconic East Baltimore neighborhood and the contribution his family made to establishing Baltimore as a leading hub for trade.

Intersection of Journalism and Life

Aug 18, 2016

Sometimes a journalist gravitates toward an issue without realizing why. Baltimore Sun enterprise editor Diana Sugg tells us about the moment she understood why she had been drawn to end-of-life stories, and how the knowledge she gathered from working on those stories impacted her personal life.

Evaluating the Arts and Humanities

Aug 11, 2016

While many of us know the value of the arts and humanities and the profound impact they have on our everyday lives, it is sometimes hard to evaluate that impact through traditional qualitative methods. Tahira Mahdi, a Ph.D. Candidate in Human Services Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, shares her approach to assessing the impact of the arts and humanities.

Aging In Your Community

Aug 4, 2016

How does where we live affect our health as we grow older? Sarah Szanton, Associate Director for Policy at the Center on Innovative Care in Aging at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, tells us how we can help older adults maintain a sense of community as they age.

A Brief History of Black Feminism

Jul 28, 2016

Beyonce’s Lemonade has brought the black feminist movement into the national spotlight, bringing about many conversations and perspectives on the topic. 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.

Historic Ocean City

Jul 21, 2016

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.

Courtesy of Robert Breck Chapman Collection, University of Baltimore Langsdale Library Special Collections.

Some of the greatest gifts we pass down to future generations are our experiences, our stories, our histories. But how do you preserve and share a history that may have already been lost to time? Angela Koukoui, archival technician at the University of Baltimore, shares how she uncovered some of her own history in the library archives.

Reading Between the Lines

Jul 7, 2016

As adults, we know well the power of literacy – but how do we pass that along to our children in a way that encourages them to truly enjoy reading? Rona Sue London, children’s book curator at the Ivy Bookshop, tells us how she shares her love of reading with children.

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