• Hospital workers reflect and focus on the care they provide through the power of literature thanks to our facilitated group sessions in the Discussion Grant program for Literature & Medicine.

  • Bay State citizens host group readings of an abolitionist's historic words and consider contemporary race relations with our support for the Reading Frederick Douglass program.

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Boston Busing

Watch the WGBH Forum recording of the November 1st moderated conversation in Roxbury's historic Hibernian Hall. This event followed weeks of neighborhood readings on the historic Boston busing crisis.


The New Mass Moments

After a year of renovations, we are excited for you to explore the redesigned website of our Commonwealth's history through daily quotes, images, and articles.


Find a Grant

We will award $450,000 this year in grants—inquire now about one for your work. Send us your ideas for public programs that engage the humanities! Our next LOI form deadline is March 26th.

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Featured Grant: Traces of the Trade

One family’s inheritance illuminates the deep history of New England’s slave-based economies as well as the need for racial healing. Descendants of the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history come face-to-face with the roots of their dynasty in Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. Nine cousins join filmmaker Katrina Browne in retracing the Triangle Trade, revealing the history and legacy of New England’s hidden enterprise in human trafficking.

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Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome NYU professor and scientific director of Crime Lab New York PATRICK SHARKEY for a discussion of his lat...  Learn More
1/26/18 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and the Harvard Book Store welcome bestselling author, TED speaker, and former Stanford dean JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS for a discussion of ...  Learn More
Thursday, January 18th

Death in the Afternoon

Marconi Transmits Radio Message

On this day in 1903, Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian inventor of wireless telegraphy, arrived on Cape Cod hoping to make history. The night was cold but perfectly clear, and the first trans-Atlantic ra...
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