Public Libraries as the New Commons

September 29, 2017

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.

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One Maryland One Book – A Teacher’s Perspective

September 22, 2017

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.

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One Maryland One Book

September 15, 2017

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.

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Alexander Grass Humanities Institute

September 8, 2017

A common question faced by liberal arts majors and educators alike is how their education will serve them later in life. William Egginton, director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins  University, tells us more about the new Institute and how it serves its students through the humanities.

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Ellicott City One Year Later

September 1, 2017

A little over one year ago, Historic Ellicott City was struck by severe flash flooding. What can the response to and recovery from this natural disaster tell us about the value of historic preservation? Nicholas Redding, executive director of Preservation Maryland, tells us more.

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Great Books and Lifelong Learning

August 25, 2017

The cornerstone of Maryland Humanities’ mission is to engage all Marylanders in lifelong learning in the humanities. Judy Pittenger, a former Roland Park Country School teacher who now offers continuing education courses through the school’s Kaleidoscope program, tells us more about the value of lifelong learning.

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Reading Partners

August 18, 2017

The transformative power of literacy is well documented. Reading Partners Baltimore, a local nonprofit, seeks to ensure every Baltimore student has the tools to become a lifelong reader. Allison Jones, regional site coordinator and AmeriCorps Fellow, tells us more.

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Humanities in Healthcare

August 11, 2017

How can the humanities be used to help doctors provide better care for their patients? Meg Chisolm, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine, tells us more.

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The Peale Museum

August 4, 2017

Did you know that the Peale is the oldest museum building in the United States? Nancy Proctor, director of the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, tells us a bit about the Peale’s past, present, and future in Baltimore.

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Finding and Cultivating Your Ideas

July 28, 2017

One of the most popular questions writers face from their curious audiences is “where do you get your ideas?” Elisabeth Dahl, a local author who writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults, tackles that question as well as its natural follow-up: “how do you bring those ideas to life?”

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