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
5:47 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Johns Hopkins Archaeology Museum

Kylix signed by Phintias as painter, Greek, 510 BCE, JHUAM B4, Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum

  The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum’s collection contains over 9,000 artifacts. Its teaching collection employs an interactive and interdisciplinary approach for students that bring to life these found objects in new ways.

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Humanities Connection
5:07 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

The Battle of Hampstead Hill & Its Citizens Rediscovered

Without the land Battles of North Point and Hampstead Hill, where thousands of citizen soldiers, one fifth of which were African-Americans, delayed the British, the rockets’ red glare and the Birth of our National Anthem at Ft. McHenry might have had a very different outcome.

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Humanities Connection
5:48 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

The Humanities Explore Fundamental Questions

Photo courtesy of UMBC

Students who study the humanities as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education explore questions fundamental to the human existence. Who are we? Where have we been?

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Humanities Connection
5:33 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Wide Angle Media

Credit Wide Angle Youth Media

 Wide Angle Youth Media is 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
5:31 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

History Day: Honing Skills, building a love of History

Maryland History Day is a statewide competition involving nearly 19,000 students who represent 20 Maryland counties and Baltimore City.

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Humanities Connection
5:27 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture

Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture

Historian, veteran journalist and architecture critic James D. Dilts wrote in a 2012 Baltimore Brew article "You can learn about a city from its authors, artists, and musicians, and also from its buildings.  Like books, they are tactile objects capable of transporting you, in the sense of inspiring intense emotions." 

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Humanities Connection
5:23 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Books: A Doorway to Discovery

The years before children enter the classroom are crucial to setting a student on the path to academic success.

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Humanities Connection
4:20 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Baltimore Heritage, Telling Our Stories

Our heritage is comprised of not only dates and historical facts, but also the stories we hand down to future generations.

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Humanities Connection
9:54 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Civic Reflection: Inside and Out

Community Mediation Maryland is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening mediation programs in our state. Their Maryland Humanities Council grant-supported program, Civic Reflection: Inside and Out, adds reading and discussion to their successful prisoner re-entry mediation programs.

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Humanities Connection
5:02 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Gilmor's Raid

Credit Wikipedia

Maryland played a pivotal role during the Civil War. The war between brothers was fought around us and in our backyards.

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