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

  • 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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Leading the Way

We at Mass Humanities are proud to announce that the Massachusetts Cultural Council has chosen to recognize our Executive Director David Tebaldi with a 2017 Commonwealth Award for Leadership.

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Governor’s Awards

Our 2016 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities recipients Freida Garcia, Atul Gawande, and Lia Poorvu have all made living in Massachusetts a richer experience through their public actions. Watch three short videos about them.


Going Public

Our Community College Public Humanities Center initiative promises to transform the cultural and civic landscape of Massachusetts. Work is underway on three sites across the state.

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Sharing Our Stories; Sharing Our Lives

Students engage in self-discovery through the power of memoir.  The 75 students who participated in the Literacy Project’s memoir-writing workshop learned from some of the best writers in the genre. When Mass Humanities funded the project, the list of impressive literary figures on the syllabus included Jamaica Kincaid and Augusten Burroughs, among others.

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More events...
1/1/17 2/28/17
Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, i...  Learn More
2/22/17 6:30 PM8:30 PM
This event will combine Professor Kevin McCarthy?EUR(tm)s presentation of film clips from his work-in-progress documentary on the Market Basket boycot...  Learn More

Lynn Shoeworkers Strike

On this day in 1860, thousands of striking shoeworkers filled Lyceum Hall in Lynn. By choosing to begin their protest on Washington's birthday, the strikers were invoking the memory of their revolutio...
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