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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.

Archive Prior to 11/5/13

Theme music created by Brian Whaley at www.brianwhaleymusic.com

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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.

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.

By Mitro Hood

The Maryland History Day Competition, coordinated in our state by the Maryland Humanities Council, is much more than one day - each student spends on average more than 70 hours envisioning, researching, and fine-tuning a project, which is based upon an annual theme.

dog & pony dc is an ensemble of artists now in residence at the Roundhouse Theatre in Silver Spring who devise innovative performances that incorporate new ways for audiences to experience theatre.  Approaching storytelling as an exercise in democracy, a MHC grant supported a series of panel discussions give audience members a form to explore the power of objects in shaping community identity and collective memory.

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