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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.

Educational Leaders: Instruments of Positive Change

May 15, 2014

Did you know that teacher appreciation week was May 5 through 9? Educators hold the power to instill in students a love of learning for lifetime.

Classics in the Modern Classroom

May 8, 2014

The enduring value of classic literature lies in its exploration of the human condition and also its ability for modern interpretation.

Faces of Freedom at Harford Community College

May 1, 2014

The Maryland Humanities Council grant-supported project, "Faces of Freedom," at Harford Community College uses several humanities disciplines to explore the meaning of freedom in the Upper Chesapeake before, during, and in the aftermath of the Civil War and Emancipation.

You are a part of History

Apr 17, 2014

Chris Haley is the Director of the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland at the Maryland State Archives research department.

Marylander's with library cards hold in their wallets a tool that can open the door to a wealth of resources. Libraries today are ever expanding their services to local communities, far beyond the primary checking-out of books and other types of media.

Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond

Apr 3, 2014

Many may not know it, but Maryland was particularly positioned to take the banjo to national notoriety.  The Maryland Humanities grant-supported exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, "Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond," curated by Greg Adams, Pete Ross, and Robert Winans, traces the city's role in the evolution of the instrument from its introduction before the Civil War to its place in American culture today.

The Code of Ethics in Law

Mar 27, 2014

Merriam Webster defines ethics as 'the rules of behavior based on ideas about what is morally good and bad.' 

Maryland Manual On-Line.

Navigating complex legal documents, archives, and reference materials can be as daunting as the intricacies of the legal profession itself.

Maryland Day

Mar 13, 2014

March 25 is Maryland Day, a state holiday commemorating when the first settlers disembarked from two ships, “The Ark” and “The Dove” onto St. Clement’s Island in the Potomac River in 1634.

Better Living Through the Humanities

Mar 6, 2014

The recent national report "The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation," commissioned by a bipartisan group of legislators and prepared by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences’ Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, continues to spur dialogue on the importance of the humanities to the future of our nation.