Humanities Connection

Thursday at 4:44 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 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.

The humanities include literature, history, philosophy, archaeology, languages, comparative religion, jurisprudence, ethics, art history, architecture, and aspects of the social sciences. These humanities disciplines are tools that can help us to explore what makes us human, connect with others, and discover meaning and richness in our lives and in our communities.


Humanities Connection
5:43 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Writers in Schools Promote a Love of Reading

Credit photo courtesy of PEN Faulkner Foundation

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation brings together writers and readers to promote a love of literature. With Maryland Humanities Council grant-support, their Writers in Schools program has expanded into Baltimore City Public and Public Charter Schools, offering a deeply personal reading experience for students.

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Humanities Connection
11:45 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Visualizing the History of Black Press in the United States

Newsboy selling the Chicago Defender, 1942.
Credit Wikipedia

A workshop by the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the Black Press Research Collective, titled "Visualizing the History of the Black Press in the United States," sought to address the lack of digital research tools exploring the geographic scope and social significance of African American newspapers in the U.S.

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Humanities Connection
12:40 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

Mary, the Visitation, and the Magnificat: Part 2

“Molana” by Molavi
Credit Wikipedia

Last week Humanities Connection featured Dr. Heather Miller Rubens, a Roman Catholic Scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, on Mary’s visit to Elizabeth in Luke's Gospel. Today, on Christmas day, Dr. Homayra Ziad, ICJS' first Muslim Scholar, provides insights on the Muslim poet Jalaluddin Rumi's writings on the role of Mary in the Qur'an and the story of the Visitation.

Humanities Connection
5:12 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Mary, the Visitation, and the Magnificat: Part 1

Credit (Image-Champaigne’s “Visitation” courtesy of Wikipedia)

Comparative religion is an aspect of the humanities that offers critical insights into the human experience.  In recognition of the upcoming holiday, we turn to the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies for a two-part series reflecting on Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth prior to giving birth, and the Magificant,  Mary's song of praise.

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Humanities Connection
5:53 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Archaeology and the Ceramic Artist: Baltimore Clayworks

Matthew Hyleck

In September, we heard about the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum's teaching collection and their partnership with Baltimore Clayworks, a local nonprofit ceramic art center in Baltimore City.

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Humanities Connection
5:31 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

From Pen to Press: Experimentation & Innovation in the Age of Print

Photo credit: Photo© The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

When the Gutenberg's Bible was printed in 1455 on German printer Johannes Gutenberg's movable type printing press, it set forth the age of the printed book in the Western world.

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Humanities Connection
5:29 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

America: Melting Pot or Salad Bowl?

Credit Melting Pot stirred by Liberty courtesy of American wikki

Marylanders' Thanksgiving feasts reflect both our state's bounty, like oyster stuffing, to dishes like sauerkraut, that also represent the European immigrants who later settled here.

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Humanities Connection
5:38 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Digitizing Sherman’s March

On December 2,  the UMBC Dresher Center for the Humanities presents a lecture and discussion featuring a new digital humanities project, "Mapping Memory: Digitizing Sherman’s March to the Sea," that uses storytelling to explore Sherman’s historic 1864 March to the Sea.

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Humanities Connection
5:42 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Public Philosophy in Today’s World

The study philosophy explores the human condition and searching for meaning in the world around us. Today, public philosophy brings the practices of philosophy to public forums to address social, ethical, and other contemporary issues.

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Humanities Connection
4:57 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Maryland Legacy Day

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery in Maryland. With MHC support the Prince George’s chapter of the Afro American Historical Genealogical Society is hosting its 19th annual Maryland Legacy Day on November 15, exploring the significance of this historic event and its legacy.

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