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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.

Uncovering History in St. Mary’s County

Feb 16, 2017
smcm.edu

What can found oyster shells tell us about an area’s past inhabitants? Dr. Julia King, professor of anthropology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, shares how she and her students are delving into the history of Secowocomoco, a farmland in St. Mary’s County in Southern Maryland.

Preserving History Through Memorabilia

Feb 9, 2017
lewismuseum.org

On February 11, in commemoration of Black History Month, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum will host the Black Memorabilia Fine Art and Craft Show. Lindsey Johnson, producer of this annual event, tells us about the importance of sharing and preserving black memorabilia.

"The Way We Worked," the Allegany County Shift

Feb 2, 2017
Alan Mays

How has the labor force changed in Maryland throughout the years? We’re bringing a new Smithsonian traveling exhibition, The Way We Worked, to five communities in Maryland this year and companion exhibitions will uncover the unique history of work in our state. Allegany Museum Board member Dr. Nayano Taylor-Neumann tells us about the history of work in Allegany County, the first stop on the tour.

The Way We Worked

Jan 26, 2017
museumonmainstreet.org

Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide, brings high-quality traveling exhibits to small communities across the country. Over the next year, the Maryland Humanities will bring the labor-focused Smithsonian traveling exhibit The Way We Worked to five small communities across Maryland, beginning February 4 in Allegany County. Carol Harsh, Director of Museum on Main Street, tells us more about how this program impacts the small communities it serves.

Small Museums in Maryland

Jan 19, 2017
Lindsey Baker

This episode originally aired on June 25, 2015

From local history to living history, the arts to architecture, Maryland is host to hundreds of Museums statewide, many of which are small and led by teams of dedicated volunteers. Every Maryland County has a historical society, complimented by dozens of local historical groups.

The Work of William Christenberry

Jan 12, 2017

On today's Humanities Connection, Kimberly Gladfelter Graham, curator of the exhibit "Laying-by Time: Revisiting the Works of William Christenberry" at the Maryland Institute College of Art, tells us about Christenberry's artistry and vision.  

The B&O and the Track to Smalltimore

Jan 5, 2017
Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Matt Crenson, Professor Emeritus in Johns Hopkins University's Department of Political Science, tells us how the B&O Railroad impacted the entire course of Baltimore's economic growth.

On Forgiveness

Dec 29, 2016
icjs.org

In Pt. 2 of our series with the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies, Dr. Benjamin Sax tells us about the Jewish theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel and his philosophy on forgiveness.

Following the Example of Dorothy Day

Dec 22, 2016
catholicworker.org

Dr. Heather Miller Rubens, Executive Director at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies tells us how social activist Dorothy Day's life and legacy of generosity can  be an example to all of us.

Networked Anthropology

Dec 16, 2016

How have smartphones and our constant connectivity changed the way we travel- and the way we relate to one another through the places we visit? Towson University anthropology professors Samuel Collins and Matthew Durington tell us how their research led them to the new idea of “networked anthropology.” You can read more about this idea on their Tumblr. 

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