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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Place-making is the idea of utilizing a community’s local assets in order to create quality public spaces that contribute to the wellbeing of the community and create a sense of belonging through place. Silvia Blitzer Golombek, nonprofit consultant and board member at Maryland Humanities, shares how public libraries serve as such spaces for local communities.
Each fall Maryland Humanities One Maryland One Book program brings together diverse people in communities across Maryland through the shared reading of one book. What some may not realize is that this program also serves as a valuable tool for educators. This week we offer a reflection from our archives. Nicole Little Cook, Library Media Specialist at Seneca Valley High School in Montgomery County, reflects on the 2014 One Maryland One Book, “The Distance Between Us: a Memoir” by Reyna Grande.
One Maryland One Book, a program of Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities, is the state’s largest reading and discussion program. Each fall, this program brings together diverse groups of Marylanders from across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. Andrea Lewis, Program Officer at Maryland Humanities, tells us more.