• Improving Civic Life: Our grants inspire considered thought, conversation, and action through the humanities disciplines.

  • The Clemente Course: Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are given tuition-free, college level instruction for college credit. They study literature, art history, moral philosophy, American history, and writing.

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Work With Us

Are you curious, self-motivated, and independent? Do you care about the impact of the humanities on civic life? Consider joining our Northampton office as a full time Program Officer.

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Attend Events Near You

Want to see what humanities events are going on in your neighborhood? Search our online calendar for wonderful exhibits, talks, walking tours, performances, festivals, and much more.

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Find a Grant

We will award $350,000 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 September 21st.

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Featured Grant: Hidden Walls, Hidden Mills

The landscape of Plainfield tells a story, though you would miss most of it without these maps. A cultural historian, a forester, a surveyor, a naturalist, a stone mason, and a graphic designer combined forces to put together Hidden Walls, Hidden Mills: five walks on maps for the Plainfield Historical Society, funded in part by Mass Humanities. Their aim was to create maps of the area that empower the viewer to see history in the landscape, and to tour different sites sharpening their interpretation skills.

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8/6/15 7:00 PM
David Martin, Distinguished Professor of International Law at the University of Virginia, will examine current political and ethical controversies rel...  Learn More
8/17/15 7:00 PM9:00 PM
In collaboration with numerous community partners, the Mahaiwe will present South County Stories, a local history plays project. Dozens of community m...  Learn More
Sunday, August 2nd

Who Gets the Glow?

Dr. Joslin Makes First Entry in Diabetic Ledger

On this day in 1893, a student at Harvard Medical School made the first entry in a ledger he would keep for the rest of his long career. Elliott Joslin examined a frail young Irish girl, who was suffe...
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