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Humanities Connection

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  • 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.

Changing Baltimore

Feb 25, 2016

Through its Changing Baltimore series, sponsored in part by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, the Baltimore Museum of Industry is unearthing and sharing the history behind Baltimore’s ever-changing neighborhoods. The series uses lectures, films, and discussions in order to discover the past and present industrial landscape of our city. Anita Kassoff, executive director at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, tells us more.

Our Baltimore

Feb 18, 2016
Courtesy of Eubie Blake Cultural Center

On February 11, the Eubie Blake Cultural Center opens its “Our Baltimore” exhibit, which tells the stories of African Americans in Baltimore through the civil rights era to present day. The exhibit, supported in part by the Maryland Humanities Council, tells these stories by highlighting the work of the Phillips family, Baltimore-based photojournalists. Cheryl Goodman, program associate at Eubie Blake, tells us more. 

Sounding Botany Bay

Feb 11, 2016
Courtesy of UMBC

On February 16, the Dresher Center for the Humanities at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County will host a humanities forum discussing how humans have changed a unique Australian environment. Tim Nohe, Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts at UMBC, spent nine years researching Australia’s Botany Bay. He tells us more about this experience and what he learned.

A Walk Through Shakespeare

Feb 4, 2016

Did you know that this year marks 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death? With support from the Maryland Humanities Council, local nonprofit Arts Every Day is commemorating this historic anniversary by partnering with Baltimore City Public School communities to engage students with Shakespeare, to understand the historical context through artifacts, and to engage in performing and visual art-making. Julia Di Bussolo, executive director of Arts Every Day, tells us more.

Finding and Cultivating Your Ideas

Jan 26, 2016

One of the most popular questions writers face from their curious audiences is “where do you get your ideas?” Elisabeth Dahl, a local author who writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults, tackles that question as well as its natural follow-up: “how do you bring those ideas to life?”

The Lock House

Jan 21, 2016

Maryland is home to many historic properties, all of which have fascinating backgrounds that reveal our state’s rich past. One such property, the Lock House, is located in Havre de Grace on the Susquehanna River. Ciera Fisher, executive director of Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, tells us about this property’s unique 175-year history.

Maryland's Medical Society

Jan 14, 2016

Did you know that Baltimore is home to the Maryland State Medical Society, a nonprofit organization that is more than 200 years old and brings together the state’s physicians? MedChi, as it is known, engages its membership in lifelong learning through a vast library, a monthly medical journal, in-person events, and more. Meg Fairfax Fielding, Director of Development at MedChi, tells us more about the history of this unique Maryland organization.

Maryland AskUsNow!

Jan 7, 2016

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. Rebecca Starr, Enoch Pratt Librarian, provides this reflection.

Mary, the Visitation, and the Magnificat, Part 2: Dr. Homayra Ziad

Dec 31, 2015

Last week we heard from Dr. Rubens, a Roman Catholic Scholar at the Institute of Christian and Jewish Studies, on Mary’s visit to Elizabeth in Luke’s Gospel.  Today, Dr. Homayra Ziad, ICJS's first Muslim Scholar, provides insights on the Muslim poet Jalaluddin Rumi’s writings on the role of Mary in the Qur’an, the story of the Visitation and the Magnificat.

Comparative religion is an aspect of the humanities that offers critical insights into the human experience.  In recognition of the upcoming holidays, we turn to the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies for a two-part series reflecting on Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth prior to giving birth and the Magificat, Mary’s song of praise.  The ICJS is a nonprofit that addresses the contemporary challenges of religious pluralism. In today’s segment, Dr. Heather Miller Rubens, Roman Catholic Scholar at ICJS, contemplates Mary’s spiritual journey.

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