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
3:59 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Maryland Women in Architecture

Hildreth Meiere at work.
Credit AIA Baltimore

On March 19 at Morgan State University the American Institute of Architects Baltimore celebrates Women's History month with a talk and a sneak peek of an MHC supported traveling exhibition launching in June that highlights early women architects in Maryland.

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Humanities Connection
6:10 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Coming Home In 2007: A Veteran’s Perspective

  Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War is an NEH Initiative facilitated in Maryland by the Maryland Humanities Council that seeks to promote discussion, deepen understanding of service members' experiences, and provide opportunities to reflect and give voice to issues of concern to veterans.

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Humanities Connection
5:37 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Great Books and Liberal Education: St. John’s College

Christopher B. Nelson

St. John's College in Annapolis is a liberal arts college where students focus on collaborative inquiry and the study of original texts to examine the fundamental questions of what it means to be human.  Christopher B. Nelson, St. John's College President, is a national spokesperson for liberal arts education.

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Humanities Connection
5:08 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

The Meaning of Monuments

Baltimore was the first municipality in the U.S. to design a comprehensive program for the preservation of its outdoor monuments.  For more than three decades, the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation has acted as steward for the hundreds of monuments around Charm city, conducting inventories and coordinating preservation efforts.

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Humanities Connection
5:44 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

The Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis: Dr. Karsonya Whitehead

Few diaries kept by African Americans during the late 19th century have survived, but those that have endured provide a unique glimpse into the everyday life of free African Americans of the time.

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Humanities Connection
5:34 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Hometown Teams at Banneker-Douglass Museum

Photo: 1927 Morgan State Basketball team courtesy of the Dr. Edwin Johnson.

Hometown Teams is a family-friendly and interactive Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, brought to Maryland by the Maryland Humanities Council, which explores our nation’s love of sports and its connection to our culture and identity.

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Humanities Connection
5:21 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

24/7 Library: MarylandAskUsNow!

Maryland AskUsNow! is the statewide online library chat service available to Marylanders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Librarians answer questions and provide research guidance, and since its launch in 2003, they have answered over 418 thousand questions by chat.

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Humanities Connection
5:36 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Wide Angle Youth Media: Natasha and Kristina

  In August, listeners learned about Wide Angle Youth Media, a non-profit that teaches Baltimore youth media skills, provides opportunities to tell their own stories, and become engaged with their communities.

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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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