• 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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Milestones at 40

Celebrate four decades of inspiration and public engagement with the humanities. View our slideshow of Mass Humanities milestones.

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Let’s Talk Equality

What do we owe each other? We urgently need to discuss what our social contract means today. Join us for several discussions around the state this fall.

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Reading Adventures

FAIR, a family reading program, brings children and their caregivers together to enjoy entertaining presentations of picture books and share their responses.

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Featured Grant: Nobody’s Girl

A high-heeled Cadillac driver does battle with a sexist film company in the Academy of Music’s original production this month. The off-kilter world of 1940’s Northampton is the scene for Nobody’s Girl, a screwball comedy ripped right from the headlines of seven decades past. When a dusty box of notes was found in the Northampton Academy of Music, a long-forgotten scandal was unearthed that inspired the Academy’s executive director Debra J’Anthony to have the story adapted for the stage. The documents concerned a one-time employee of the Academy, Mildred E. Walker, whose sudden promotion caused much consternation in the quiet western Massachusetts town.

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More events...
10/22/14 7:00 PM
Timothy Patrick McCarthy in conversation with Robert Schenkkan, 2014 Tony Award-winning playwright (All the Way) and Professor Lani Guinier, civil rig...  Learn More
10/23/14 7:00 PM10:00 PM
Mass Humanities celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a film-and-discussion program that takes on urgent questions about the American social contra...  Learn More

Millerites Await End of the World

On this day in 1844, tens of thousands of people in Massachusetts expected the world to come to an end. They were followers of William Miller, a man who claimed to know the date of Jesus's second comi...
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