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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.

A Day at Clifton

Oct 2, 2014

In 1814 The Clifton Mansion, located in Clifton Park in Northeast Baltimore, was the home of Captain Henry Thompson, but today it is the headquarters for Civic Works, a local nonprofit that strengthens the Baltimore community through skill building and volunteerism.

Migrant Clinicians Network: Work. Respect. Dignity.

Sep 25, 2014
Earl Dotter

Immigrants play an important role in Maryland’s agriculturally-driven economy on the Eastern Shore, but are they integrated into their communities?

Accokeek Foundation Food for Thought Festival

Sep 18, 2014

  For more than 50 years, the Accokeek Foundation has stewarded the shores of Piscataway Park on the Potomac River. It was one of the nation’s first land trusts, founded to protect the view from George Washington’s Mount Vernon across the River.

The A-MAZEing Mendes Cohen

Sep 11, 2014

  As the city marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore, the Jewish Museum of Maryland opens the exhibit, “The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen,” which tells the tale of real-life Jewish adventurer, Mendes Cohen.

Johns Hopkins Archaeology Museum

Sep 4, 2014

  The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum’s collection contains over 9,000 artifacts. Its teaching collection employs an interactive and interdisciplinary approach for students that bring to life these found objects in new ways.

Without the land Battles of North Point and Hampstead Hill, where thousands of citizen soldiers, one fifth of which were African-Americans, delayed the British, the rockets’ red glare and the Birth of our National Anthem at Ft. McHenry might have had a very different outcome.

The Humanities Explore Fundamental Questions

Aug 21, 2014

Students who study the humanities as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education explore questions fundamental to the human existence. Who are we? Where have we been?

Wide Angle Media

Aug 14, 2014
Wide Angle Youth Media

 Wide Angle Youth Media is a non-profit that teaches Baltimore youth media skills, provides opportunities to tell their own stories, and become engaged with their communities.

Maryland History Day is a statewide competition involving nearly 19,000 students who represent 20 Maryland counties and Baltimore City.

Historian, veteran journalist and architecture critic James D. Dilts wrote in a 2012 Baltimore Brew article "You can learn about a city from its authors, artists, and musicians, and also from its buildings.  Like books, they are tactile objects capable of transporting you, in the sense of inspiring intense emotions." 

Books: A Doorway to Discovery

Jul 24, 2014

The years before children enter the classroom are crucial to setting a student on the path to academic success.

Baltimore Heritage, Telling Our Stories

Jul 17, 2014

Our heritage is comprised of not only dates and historical facts, but also the stories we hand down to future generations.

Civic Reflection: Inside and Out

Jul 11, 2014

Community Mediation Maryland is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening mediation programs in our state. Their Maryland Humanities Council grant-supported program, Civic Reflection: Inside and Out, adds reading and discussion to their successful prisoner re-entry mediation programs.

Gilmor's Raid

Jul 3, 2014

Maryland played a pivotal role during the Civil War. The war between brothers was fought around us and in our backyards.

Chautauqua “Emily Dickinson”

Jun 26, 2014
Thomas D. Law

This July marks the 20th anniversary of Chautauqua, the Maryland Humanities Council’s free living history performance series, where scholars perform as famous people from history and then engage the audience in conversation in character.

It seems logical that the exhibition, "For Whom it Stands: The Flag and the American People," would be mounted at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

UB Langsdale Library WMAR-TV Collection

Over the past few months, Humanities Connection has had the pleasure of presenting episodes featuring a a variety of libraries and highlighting the great work of librarians around the region.

The History of Canton, Baltimore

Jun 5, 2014

Have you ever wondered how the neighborhood of Canton was given its name?

History Day Changes Students’ Life Trajectory

May 29, 2014

History Day is an exciting learning experience for students in grades 6 through 12. Through Maryland History Day, nearly 19,000 Maryland students learn about ideas, people, and events in history and apply what they have learned through creative and original projects.

Common Core at the Library

May 22, 2014

Among the many services libraries offer, the resources they can provide educators supports the common core curriculum with both original and digitized primary resources, many of which bring history to life.

Educational Leaders: Instruments of Positive Change

May 15, 2014

Did you know that teacher appreciation week was May 5 through 9? Educators hold the power to instill in students a love of learning for lifetime.

Classics in the Modern Classroom

May 8, 2014

The enduring value of classic literature lies in its exploration of the human condition and also its ability for modern interpretation.

Faces of Freedom at Harford Community College

May 1, 2014

The Maryland Humanities Council grant-supported project, "Faces of Freedom," at Harford Community College uses several humanities disciplines to explore the meaning of freedom in the Upper Chesapeake before, during, and in the aftermath of the Civil War and Emancipation.

You are a part of History

Apr 17, 2014

Chris Haley is the Director of the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland at the Maryland State Archives research department.

Marylander's with library cards hold in their wallets a tool that can open the door to a wealth of resources. Libraries today are ever expanding their services to local communities, far beyond the primary checking-out of books and other types of media.

Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond

Apr 3, 2014

Many may not know it, but Maryland was particularly positioned to take the banjo to national notoriety.  The Maryland Humanities grant-supported exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, "Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond," curated by Greg Adams, Pete Ross, and Robert Winans, traces the city's role in the evolution of the instrument from its introduction before the Civil War to its place in American culture today.

The Code of Ethics in Law

Mar 27, 2014

Merriam Webster defines ethics as 'the rules of behavior based on ideas about what is morally good and bad.' 

Maryland Manual On-Line.

Navigating complex legal documents, archives, and reference materials can be as daunting as the intricacies of the legal profession itself.

Maryland Day

Mar 13, 2014

March 25 is Maryland Day, a state holiday commemorating when the first settlers disembarked from two ships, “The Ark” and “The Dove” onto St. Clement’s Island in the Potomac River in 1634.

Better Living Through the Humanities

Mar 6, 2014

The recent national report "The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation," commissioned by a bipartisan group of legislators and prepared by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences’ Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, continues to spur dialogue on the importance of the humanities to the future of our nation.