• 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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Women’s History Month

Celebrate Women’s History Month with us! Our almanac of Massachusetts history, Mass Moments, is packed with great stories of women’s accomplishments and adventures. Here are six.


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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David Tebaldi Retiring

After 33 years of service as Executive Director of Mass Humanities, David will be stepping down in October. Read more in his open letter of farewell. The search for a new director is underway.

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Featured Grant: James Baldwin Transmedia Project

The award-winning re-mastered documentary film James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket garnered two grants, a wildly successful Public Squared grant and a follow up grant to extend that project into classroom ready materials on James Baldwin. Baldwin, prominent social critic and writer, offered an authentic voice on the black experience and freedom struggle in America of the 20th century and its enduring legacy.

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More events...
3/19/18 7:00PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome DEBORAH SANTANA, JENNIFER DE LEON, LISA A. JONES, FABIANA MONTEIRO, and DEBORAH L. PLUMMER for a discus...  Learn More
3/22/18 6:00 PM7:30 PM
States of Incarceration, the first national traveling multi-media exhibition and coordinated public dialogue created to explore the history and future...  Learn More

Professor's Murder Trial Begins

On this day in 1850, a sensational murder trial began in Boston. Both the victim and the accused belonged to the city's social elite. The case had been closely followed ever since the dismembered body...
Read more at MassMoments.org