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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.

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.

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