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Humanities Connection

Thursday at 4:44 pm
  • 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.

In 2010 Maryland was one of the first states to adopt the new Common Core Standards, a set of educational goals and expectations designed to prepare students for higher education and future workplace skill needs.

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On January 20 1869, Elizabeth Cady Stanton became the first women to testify before Congress. Her vision of women’s rights established a broader political philosophy of social justice beyond women’s suffrage that continues to inspire women’s activism today.

Thirty-one years ago President Reagan Signed the law solidifying Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a Federal holiday and many people honor his memory with a day of community service.

When President Lyndon B. Johnson gave the commencement speech at the University of Michigan in 1964 challenging Americans to build a "Great Society," the numerous policies and domestic reforms that would result, such as the Voting Rights Act and the creation of Medicare were unformed.  MHC Board President Dr. Lenneal Henderson, Distinguished Professor at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore, reflects on the 50 year legacy of "Great Society" reforms and their future.

Meaning of Service is a national reading and discussion series that explores the personal impact of serving, giving, and leading in your community and is available free of charge to any Maryland AmeriCorps program or other volunteer service organization.

The Maryland Humanities Council’s Practicing Democracy Program uses the humanities to spur respectful civic dialogue among Marylanders with divergent viewpoints.

Recently Stevenson University, with support from the Maryland Bible Society and the Maryland Humanities Council, opened “Hallowed Beauty” an exhibition on, lecture about, and bus tour of sacred texts in the region.

  MHC Speakers Bureau Scholar, Dr. Robert Ginsberg, offers a closer examination of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights and explains how it has endured.

  December 3rd is the second annual Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season.  This year the city of Baltimore has joined the effort for "Bmore Gives More," and hopes to claim the title of the most generous city in America.  Aaron Heinsman, MHC’s Director of Development, reflects on human generosity, why people donate to charity, and the unexpected benefits of giving.

Marylander's Thanksgiving feasts reflect both our state’s bounty—who doesn’t love oyster stuffing?—and dishes, like sauerkraut, which also represent the German, Italian, and Polish immigrants which later settled here.

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