Alice Through the Ages

December 14, 2017

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland remains a beloved classic more than 150 years since its publication, and its readership spans generations. How have different versions of the tale reflected their environments, and what does Alice look like in 2017? We speak with Rebecca Adelsheim, Production Dramaturg for Lookingglass Alice, now playing at Baltimore Center Stage, a Maryland Humanities grantee.

 

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Reading Between the Lines

December 8, 2017

As adults, we know well the power of literacy – but how do we pass that along to our children in a way that encourages them to truly enjoy reading? Rona Sue London, children’s book curator and book adviser at the Ivy Bookshop, tells us how she shares her love of reading with children.

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“Man, Image, Idea”: Post-Stonewall Photography

December 1, 2017

Man, Image, Idea: Photographs of Men from the Mark Rice Collection,” a new exhibition from the period after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, invites contemplation of the male body and engages the complicated dynamics of looking at the male form.  The exhibition is on display at University of Maryland Baltimore County Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery until December 12. The curator, James Smalls, Professor of Art/Design History & Theory, Affiliate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Africana Studies at UMBC, tells us why this groundbreaking photography is so important.

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Literature and Medicine

November 20, 2017

Physician and bibliophile Sir William Osler, one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital said “It is as important to know the person who has the disease as it is to know the disease the person has.” Literature and Medicine is a national award-winning reading and discussion program for health care professionals facilitated in Maryland by Maryland Humanities. Dr. Moira P. Larsen, Chair of Pathology and Medical Director of Clinical Laboratories at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and a long time participant, offers her observations about the program’s impact.

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A Brief History of Black Feminism

November 14, 2017

The black feminist movement has stayed in the spotlight over the last few years. Melissa Brown, a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, delves into the history and the pioneering women behind the movement.

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Books: A Doorway to Discovery

November 3, 2017

The years before children enter the classroom are crucial to setting a student on the path to academic success. Young parents may not know where to start, but librarians are there to help.  Dorothy Stoltz, from the Outreach and Program Services Department at the Carroll County Library, tells us about the Library’s “Read at Your Library” program and its success in preparing students for a lifetime of learning.

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Morality: Science or Humanities?

October 27, 2017

How do the historical dynamics between traditional cultures and modernity influence our contemporary beliefs about morality? Lindsay Thompson, Maryland Humanities board member and an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School tells us more.

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Forced Servitude at Hampton

October 20, 2017

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. 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.

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Connecting with Students through Literature

October 13, 2017

Have you ever loved a book so much you wished you could write a letter to its author? That’s the foundation of our annual letter-writing contest for middle and high school students, Letters About Literature. A national Library of Congress program that is facilitated in Maryland by Maryland Humanities, Letters About Literature promotes reading and writing skills and inspires creativity in its many participants.  Kimberly Dyar, teacher librarian at Rising Sun High School in Cecil County and recipient of the 2015 Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year award, tells us how this program allowed her to connect with one of her students.

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Better Living Through the Humanities

October 12, 2017

What is the importance of the humanities to the future of our nation? Dr. Jim Salvucci, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Buena Vista University offers this reflection of how the humanities bring meaning to our lives.

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