• Annual Symposium: We bring together outstanding journalists, scholars, and public officials each fall for a series of public conversations examining fundamental aspects of our democratic culture.

  • 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.

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Celebrating 40 Years

We marked our 40th anniversary with a forum and gala at the Kennedy Library and conferred the first Governor's Awards in the Humanities.

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Find a Grant

We want your ideas for public programs that engage the humanities! We will award $350,000 this year in grants—inquire by 12/22 about one for your work.

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Experience of War

Mass Humanities seeks to expand its reading and discussion program in two VA Medical Centers or veterans/ military service organizations in MA.

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Featured Grant:
Engaging Student Audiences with Playbills

Understanding the social contract, no matter the language. The historical dramas of Theatre Espresso expose students to a reality that is not their own, and yet bring up timely and important questions: What is the effect of racial segregation on society? What responsibility does the government have to citizens and non-citizens during times of crisis? To maximize students’ understanding of the content of the plays, the playbills have been translated into several languages.

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EVENTS

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12/22/14 11:30 AM1:00 PM
Millions around the world celebrate Kwanzaa, a joyous celebration of family, community, and culture. It is a holiday that grew out of ancient African ...  Learn More
12/31/14 1:00 PM2:45 PM
On New Year's Day in 1863, Frederick Douglass said that he "finally knew joy!" Join the Museum of African American History and the Handel and Haydn So...  Learn More

Abner Kneeland Prints Blasphemous Letter

On this day in 1833, religious and social reformer Abner Kneeland printed a letter deemed so blasphemous by a Massachusetts court that it landed the former clergyman in jail. Kneeland capped 30 years ...
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