March 24, 2017
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?
Through the study of the humanities, students develop the skills to prepare them for both their careers and a civically engaged life. Dr. Scott Casper, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Professor of History at UMBC, provides this commentary.
March 17, 2017
On March 29, following a four-part series from the Baltimore Sun, Maryland Humanities, Loyola University Maryland, and the Sun are hosting a community conversation on school segregation in Maryland. Sun Enterprise Editor Diana Sugg tells us about the recent history of segregation in our schools.
March 10, 2017
Ever imagine that our own home movies could be collected and preserved for future generations to explore? Siobhan Hagan, president and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive, tells us about the value of audiovisual preservation.
March 3, 2017
A new Maryland Humanities-supported exhibition from the Jewish Museum of Maryland reflects on the history and impact of Auschwitz—the town, the concentration camps, and the Memorial Museum— as well as its significance to us today. Deborah Cardin, Deputy Director of Programs and Development at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, tells us more.
February 24, 2017
What do Malcolm X and Julius Caesar have in common? A Maryland Humanities-grant funded project from the Towson University Department of Theatre Art explores the connections between the two in classes, workshops, staged readings, and other public events that relate to the themes of Julius Caesar and X, the newly commissioned play about Malcolm X. Ian Belknap, artistic director from the Acting Company, tells us more.
February 17, 2017
What can found oyster shells tell us about an area’s past inhabitants? Dr. Julia King, professor of anthropology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, shares how she and her students are delving into the history of Secowocomoco, a farmland in St. Mary’s County in Southern Maryland.
February 10, 2017
On February 11, in commemoration of Black History Month, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum will host the Black Memorabilia Fine Art and Craft Show. Lindsey Johnson, producer of this annual event, tells us about the importance of sharing and preserving black memorabilia.
February 3, 2017
How has the labor force changed in Maryland throughout the years? We’re bringing a new Smithsonian traveling exhibition, The Way We Worked, to five communities in Maryland this year and companion exhibitions will uncover the unique history of work in our state. Allegany Museum Board member Dr. Nayano Taylor-Neumann tells us about the history of work in Allegany County, the first stop on the tour.
January 27, 2017
Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide, brings high-quality traveling exhibits to small communities across the country. Over the next year, the Maryland Humanities will bring the labor-focused Smithsonian traveling exhibit The Way We Worked to five small communities across Maryland, beginning February 4 in Allegany County. Carol Harsh, Director of Museum on Main Street, tells us more about how this program impacts the small communities it serves.
January 20, 2017
From local history to living history, the arts to architecture, Maryland is host to hundreds of museums statewide, many of which are small and led by teams of dedicated volunteers. Every Maryland County has a historical society, complimented by dozens of local historical groups. Much like libraries, small museums connect to their communities in unique ways. Lindsey Baker, the Executive Director of the Laurel Historical Society provides her thoughts on the role of small museums and those who dedicate their time to exploring our local heritage.