• 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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