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.

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.

Forced Servitude at Hampton

Dec 17, 2015
The interior of the slave quarters at Hampton, courtesy of Hampton National Historic Site

History tells us that many Americans, whether black or white, shared similar experiences in early America. Some of that history has been uncovered right in our backyard through the Hampton National Historic Site in Towson, the recipient of a Maryland Humanities Council grant for public programming.  Anokwale Anansesemfo, historian of the African Diaspora in America and national park ranger at Hampton, tells us more about Hampton’s history of forced servitude.

Maryland Veterans: A Journey Through Vietnam

Dec 10, 2015

As many of us spend time with older family members this holiday season, we encourage you to take some time to ask questions of them in order to collect and preserve their unique personal history. That’s the idea behind “Maryland Veterans: A Journey through Vietnam,” a Maryland Humanities Council oral history project in which Anne Arundel County students interview local Vietnam War veterans. Dr. Barry Lanman, director of the Martha Ross Center for Oral History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the oral historian lending expertise to this project, tells us more.

 

Voices of Change

Dec 3, 2015

On November 18, the MHC-supported exhibit Voices of Change: Social Protest through the Arts and Humanities opened at the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College. The exhibit and its related programming seeks to stimulate thought and discussion about the ways that music, literature, and the visual arts have intersected with moments of social protest in the United States in the modern era. Jeff Ball, professor of art history at Harford Community College and lead curator of the exhibition, tells us more.   

Atlantic Slave Rebellion

Nov 19, 2015

On December 2, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) will host an event as part of its free Humanities Forum series focusing on the heretofore untold story of the Atlantic Slave Rebellion in the Dutch Caribbean. Dr. Marjoleine Kars, Associate Professor of History at UMBC and author of an upcoming book on the subject, tells us more about this history and what it teaches us about the dynamics of other famous rebellions.

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