The Humanities Connection

Thursday at 5:45 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 statewide, educational, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses the humanities to stimulate and promote informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders.  Opening Eyes. Opening Ears. Opening Minds.
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.  We encourage Marylanders with different backgrounds and viewpoints to see, hear and learn more about others and themselves. We believe that only informed, engaged citizens can build healthy, democratic societies.


Humanities Connection
5:47 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Voices of Indiantown

With support from a Maryland Humanities Council grant, the Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance recently premiered a documentary entitled "Voices of Indiantown,"

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Humanities Connection
5:24 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Giving Voice to History through Hands-on Archival Outreach

Records and materials that are deemed to have permanent historical value are assessed, curated, and preserved by archivists at historical societies, museums, libraries, and academic and public institutions.

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Humanities Connection
5:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Historical African American Communities: Turner Station in Dundalk


Residents may not be aware of the rich history behind the historic African American communities in Baltimore County.

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Humanities Connection
11:59 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Trayvon Moments: Talking About Gun Violence

Credit AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Renee Jones Schneider)

This week, from February 5-9, Center Stage will present, with Maryland Humanities Council support, "Trayvon Martin Moments," a performance and dialogue series in communities around the city, in which local artists partner with four Baltimore organizations to create community dialogue and performance pieces around the Travyon Martin shooting.

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Humanities Connection
3:24 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

History Day: Developing All Aspects of Critical Thought

In 2010 Maryland was one of the first states to adopt the new Common Core Standards, a set of educational goals and expectations designed to prepare students for higher education and future workplace skill needs.

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Humanities Connection
1:03 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Fight for Equal Rights

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, seated, with Susan B. Anthony.
Credit Wikipedia

On January 20 1869, Elizabeth Cady Stanton became the first women to testify before Congress. Her vision of women’s rights established a broader political philosophy of social justice beyond women’s suffrage that continues to inspire women’s activism today.

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Humanities Connection
3:23 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Humanities Connection - Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela: Agents of Change

King gives an anti-Vietnam speech at the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

Thirty-one years ago President Reagan Signed the law solidifying Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a Federal holiday and many people honor his memory with a day of community service.

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Humanities Connection
1:54 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

From the New Frontier to the Great Society: Seeking Humanity in Public Policy

Job Corps enrollees

When President Lyndon B. Johnson gave the commencement speech at the University of Michigan in 1964 challenging Americans to build a "Great Society," the numerous policies and domestic reforms that would result, such as the Voting Rights Act and the creation of Medicare were unformed.  MHC Board President Dr. Lenneal Henderson, Distinguished Professor at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore, reflects on the 50 year legacy of "Great Society" reforms and their future.

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Humanities Connection
12:00 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Humanities Connection - Meaning of Service: The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism

Meaning of Service is a national reading and discussion series that explores the personal impact of serving, giving, and leading in your community and is available free of charge to any Maryland AmeriCorps program or other volunteer service organization.

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Humanities Connection
12:07 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Humanities Connection - Rebroadcast- An Argument for the Sake of Heaven

The Maryland Humanities Council’s Practicing Democracy Program uses the humanities to spur respectful civic dialogue among Marylanders with divergent viewpoints.

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