The Way We Worked in Carroll County

May 26, 2017

Did you know that wormseed oil production is one of the oldest industries in Maryland?  We’re bringing a 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. Joanne Weant, manager of Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, tells us about the focus of the companion exhibit on this third stop of the tour.

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Old Greenbelt Theatre

May 19, 2017

How can a local vintage movie house engage its community in ways beyond screening films? Dr. Caitlin McGrath, executive director of the historic Old Greenbelt Theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland, tells us how the theatre serves as a cultural hub for lifelong learning in its community.

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Delmarvalous Festival: Eastern Shore Traditions Come Alive

May 12, 2017

Do you know what a skipjack is? Or what a wooden eel pot is used for? These are just some of the traditions of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which will be brought to life for locals and visitors alike in the Maryland Humanities-supported Delmarvalous Festival on May 20. Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, tells us more.

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The Ties that Thrive: Humanities in Communities

May 5, 2017

As the continuation of  federal funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities remains uncertain, we reflect upon the impact of the humanities and arts in communities both large and small throughout the country. Anne Wise, director of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s National Arts and Sciences Initiative, shares her perspective.

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Learning History and Self-Reliance through Maryland History Day

April 28, 2017

Each year more than 27,000 middle and high school students throughout the state compete in the historical research contest known as National History Day. On April 29, more than 600 of those students will move on to the state contest, Maryland History Day, at UMBC. Tiffany Nickels, a Calvert County parent of one of those talented students, tells us more.

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New-School Perspectives on Old-School Public History

April 21, 2017

How has historical preservation changed in today’s digital age? Jessica Douglas from the Maryland State Archives tells us how digitization has allowed for new perspectives to be shared and preserved.

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The Revelatory Power of Language

April 14, 2017

How does the language we use reflect who we are? Christine Mallinson, sociolinguist and associate professor of Language, Linguistics, and Culture at UMBC, shares what our word patterns can reveal.

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Literary Mount Vernon

April 7, 2017

Want to get some fresh air and learn about some of Baltimore’s literary greats? Spring marks the return of Maryland Humanities’ Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour, with tours beginning on April 15. Here to tell us more about the charms of Historic Mount Vernon is one of the tour’s docents, Anne Cantler Fulwiler.

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The Way We Worked in Kent County

March 31, 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.  Ms. Nina Johnson, Executive Director of Sumner Hall in Chestertown, tells us about the history of work in Kent County and the focus of the companion exhibit on this second stop of the tour.

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The Humanities Explore Fundamental Questions

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.

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