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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.

The Mythic Life Of Amelia Earhart

Oct 24, 2019
Kiirstn Pagan

In the play Here We Are, Amelia Earhart wakes up in the underworld. Playwright Jen Diamond intertwines her own imaginings with biographical information about the aviator. Interrobang Theatre Company produces the play. Artistic Director Katie Hileman tells us more.

A Global View Of Water At Calvert County (Encore)

Oct 17, 2019

The Smithsonian Institution makes a stop in Calvert County with H2O Today, now at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. This Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition explores the beauty and essential nature of water and the diversity and challenges of our global water sources. Rachelle Green, Acting Director at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, tells us more.

Making The Humanities Accessible

Oct 4, 2019
HASA

How can we make the humanities more accessible to people with disabilities? Tammy Black of the Hearing and Speech Agency or HASA, tells us more.

The Humanities In Person

Sep 27, 2019
Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)

In the digital age, what’s the value of connecting face-to-face while celebrating the humanities? Tara Hart, Co-Chair of Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, tells us more.

Dalton Johnson, courtesy of Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound.

How is Outward Bound using the humanities in its outdoor programming to enhance young people’s reflection, leadership skills, and more? Kelly Reynolds, Instructional Designer at Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound, talks about the organization’s Character Curriculum.

The Legacy and Future of the Enoch Pratt Free Library

Sep 12, 2019
Enoch Pratt Free Library

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In the 1800s, Enoch Pratt said Baltimore needed “...a free circulating public library, open to all citizens regardless of property or color.” How is the Enoch Pratt Free Library continuing Pratt’s legacy with renovations to the Central Library? Meghan McCorkell, the library’s Marketing & Communications Director, tells us more.

Journalism And Poetry In Baltimore Neighborhoods

Sep 5, 2019
Writers in Baltimore Schools

How can poetry and journalism help high school students rediscover their neighborhoods? Writers in Baltimore Schools developed a new program for students called “Neighborhoods, News: A Poetic Archiving of Baltimore.” Patrice Hutton, Executive Director at Writers in Baltimore Schools, tells us more.

Preserving The Maritime History Of Annapolis

Aug 29, 2019
Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park

How can a few dedicated volunteers help an organization, neighborhood, and city retain their collective memory? Caitlin Swaim, Curator at the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, tells us more.

Agricultural History In Western Maryland

Aug 22, 2019
Evergreen Heritage Center

What can we learn about a region from its farming history? Evergreen Heritage Center is creating an agricultural museum in a barn’s lower level stables. Janice Keene, the center’s Founder & Director, grew up on the farm at the center’s current location: she tells us more.

Piecing Together Stories In The Chesney Medical Archives

Aug 16, 2019
The Chesney Medical Archives for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health

Natalie Elder read about a simple clothing accessory one day at her job in the Chesney Medical Archives for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. The Curator of Cultural Properties is still on a continuous quest to find it.  What can items like these teach us about a person and an organization’s past? How can medical archives help piece together someone’s story? Elder tells us more.

Documenting And Interpreting History Through Quilting

Aug 8, 2019
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

How can quilting interpret history and document community identity? Next summer, The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art at Salisbury University will host an exhibit featuring documentary quilts by Dr. Joan Gaither. The Maryland Heritage Award winner will also lead quilting workshops for Eastern Shore residents: the quilts made in these workshops will also be included in the exhibit. Jackson Medel, Curator and Folklorist at The Ward Museum, tells us more.

St. Mary's College of Maryland

How can an institution shed light on the fact that its location was a place where enslaved people once worked? St. Mary’s College of Maryland will install a memorial to the enslaved peoples of Southern Maryland. The college will also host a public symposium called “From Invisibility to Remembrance: Commemorating Slavery in St. Mary’s City and Southern Maryland.” Dr. Julia King, Professor of Anthropology at the college, tells us more about the history of enslaved people in St. Mary’s City and the college’s commemoration.

Heretic To Housewife And Finding Your Voice

Jul 25, 2019
Rahne Alexander

Baltimore’s Rahne Alexander is a writer as well as a musician and multimedia artist. She talks about the process of finding her voice on the page and writing Heretic to Housewife. This new essay collection won the 2019 OutWrite Chapbook Competition in Nonfiction and will be released in August.

Documenting The Fall Of Bethlehem Steel In Maryland

Jul 18, 2019
J.M. Giordnao, courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Industry

Bethlehem Steel mill in Baltimore County’s Sparrow’s Point was once the largest in the world. After 123 years, the mill closed in 2012. A photography exhibit from J.M. Giordano, Shuttered: Images from the Fall of Bethlehem Steel, examines the impact of mill’s decline and closure on his hometown of Baltimore. Giordano tells us more about the exhibit, the history, and his personal connection to Bethlehem Steel.

Open Doors Baltimore

Jul 11, 2019

 

Did you know that Baltimore residents can explore over 50 buildings across the city with guided tours for free? Margaret DeArcangelis of Doors Open Baltimore and Shauntee Daniels of Baltimore National Heritage Area tell us more.

Creativity, With a Capital WHY?

Jul 4, 2019
Larry Marc Levine

What does creativity look like? What inspires creative pursuits? Photographer Larry Marc Levine explores these questions with an exhibition entitled “Creativity, with a capital WHY?,” on display at Sandy Spring Museum in September.

Unruly Bodies: An Art Exhibition At Stevenson University

Jun 28, 2019

As she read Unruly Bodies, an online magazine curated by bestselling author Roxane Gay, Aden Weisel thought of visual artists who addressed some of the themes as the magazine. Inspired by the magazine, Weisel – the Exhibitions Director and Gallery Curator at Stevenson University – then curated an exhibition with the same title. She tells us more.

A Global View of Water at Calvert County

Jun 6, 2019

The Smithsonian Institution makes a stop in Calvert County with H2O Today, now at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. This Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition explores the beauty and essential nature of water and the diversity and challenges of our global water sources. Rachelle Green, Acting Director at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, tells us more.

Reading Development and Preventing Learning Loss

May 30, 2019

 

Did you know that third grade is a pivotal year for students learning to read? Reading proficiently by the end of that grade can be a marker for successes through a student’s college years. Angelique Jessup, Program Director at the Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading, tells us more about reading development.

The Construction of Gender in Pride and Prejudice

May 23, 2019
Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Over 200 years after Jane Austen’s death, Kate Hamill published a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. How is one theatre using the play and community programming to explore the construction of gender? Suzanne Beal, Director of Pride and Prejudice at Maryland Ensemble Theatre, tells us more.

Autism Through a Literary Lens

May 16, 2019
Hannah Grieco

Voices of Baltimore Youth

May 10, 2019
Sarah Weissman

Did you know that since 2013, a student-produced literary magazine has featured feature the poetry, fiction, essays, and artwork of 450 students in Baltimore City Public Schools? CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth  Executive Director Whitney Birenbaum tells us more about the organization and literary magazine. After she speaks, ninth grader Marian Tibrey (pictured here) — a CHARM participant — shares her original poem.  

Water/Ways in Baltimore County

May 2, 2019
Historical Society of Baltimore County

Did you know more than 100,000 creeks, streams, and rivers flow toward the Chesapeake Bay across parts of six states? Historical Society of Baltimore County’s James G. Keffer talks about the history and stories of water in the county. The Historical Society is the first of six Maryland sites to host Water/Ways, a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition brought to smaller communities across the state by Maryland Humanities. Local Water/Ways host sites add their own local exhibits to complement the Smithsonian’s exhibition.

Weaving a New Narrative at Towson University and Beyond

Apr 25, 2019
Julie Potter

“What Were You Wearing? Weaving a New Narrative” is an installation revealing pervasive cultural attitudes about assault while working to change those attitudes. Molly Cohen, a theatre artist and graduate of the Department of Theatre Arts at Towson University, talks about the installation.  This project is funded by a grant from Maryland Humanities to Towson University. We would like to reiterate that the subject of the segment is a humanities project about sexual assault.

Faith Community Dialogues on Immigration on Race

Apr 18, 2019
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

How is one partnership encouraging open and honest dialogue about faith and race?  Drs. Felipe Filomeno & Tania Lizarazo – professors at University of Maryland, Baltimore County – talk about “Honest Conversations: Faith Community Dialogues on Immigration and Race.” The partnership between UMBC and the Latino Racial Justice Circle is funded with a grant from Maryland Humanities.

Dalton Johnson, courtesy of Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound.

How is Outward Bound using the humanities in its outdoor programming to enhance young people’s reflection, leadership skills, and more? Kelly Reynolds, Instructional Designer at Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound, talks about the organization’s Character Curriculum.

Shared Place and Poetry in Salisbury

Mar 28, 2019

Salisbury Mayor Jacob Day will soon announce the city’s first-ever Poet Laureate to coincide with the annual Salisbury Poetry Week, April 1 -7. Tara A. Elliott, Salisbury Poetry Week’s founder, tells us more about this year’s week of programming. Elliott is also an English and Language Arts Teacher at Salisbury Middle School. She received the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year Award, presented by Maryland Humanities, in 2018. Launched in 2017, Salisbury Poetry Week is supported in part by a Maryland Humanities grant.

Fashion as Historical Documentation

Mar 21, 2019

Did you know that an article of clothing can be interpreted as a historical document? What can we learn about figures from Maryland’s past by looking at what they wore? Allison Tolman, Chief Registrar and Associate Curator of the Fashion Archives at the Maryland Historical Society, tells us more.

Brown Girls Museum Blog

Mar 14, 2019

How are two women pushing past the gatekeeping that sometimes occurs within cultural institutions? Amanda Figueroa and Ravon Ruffin started Brown Girls Museum Blog, a platform that aims to promote the visibility of people of color, especially women, in the museum field and in academia.

The Multifaceted Legacy of Ida B. Wells

Mar 7, 2019
Harford Community College Office of Student Life

Did you know that journalist, suffragist and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells was also one of the founders of the NAACP? Harford Community College will host screenings of IDA B. WELLS: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE, which includes selections of Wells’ writing read by Toni Morrison.

The screenings complement figures of Wells and Mary Church, on loan from The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore. Sharoll Love, Student Diversity Specialist in Harford Community College Office of Student Life, tells us more.

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