• 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.


Clemente Classics

Five transformative titles will be given to our Clemente Course students this fall. Two course instructors offer their insights into why these books prove enduringly relevant and make such a lasting impression.

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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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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
1/27/17 3:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome local historian and teacher WILLIAM F. QUIGLEY JR. for a discussion of his first book, "Pure Heart: The...  Learn More
Tuesday, January 24th

Time for a Tree and a Rope

Henry Knox Brings Cannon to Boston

On this day in 1776, Colonel Henry Knox reached the headquarters of the Continental Army in Cambridge. The young Boston bookseller had pulled off a daring plan. He had led a small group of men on a 30...
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