• 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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Reading Douglass

He had Lincoln's ear, now lend him yours.  Participate in a communal reading of Frederick Douglass' fiery speech on human rights and the meaning of the Fourth of July.  Find one near you.

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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: StoriesLive

High school story slams put the humanities up close and personal. Hushed respect and silence come over StoriesLive audiences as often as uproarious laughter and applause. The true, personal stories told by more than 6,000 high school student participants can elicit powerful emotions. Tales of survival in war-torn Bosnia or of a grandson saying goodbye to his dying relative mingle with silly mishaps with a microwave and triumphs in dance competitions; a lot can unfold in the space of three minutes on stage.

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More events...
7/6/15 7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Professor of English at Harvard University GORDON TESKEY for a discussion of his book "The Poetry of Jo...  Learn More
7/8/15 7:00 PM
David Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Mt. Holyoke College will join William Joyce, former immigration judge in...  Learn More

Strike Ends in Hopedale

On this day in 1913, a 13-week strike at the Draper Corporation in Hopedale ended in failure, and the workers returned to their jobs. This was a time of labor unrest throughout the country, but the Dr...
Read more at MassMoments.org