Each issue of Mass Humanities provides an in-depth look at our organization, including a highlighted grant project or program, an opinion piece from a staff member, and a list of recently funded projects. Archived issues are available to download in pdf format and you may read selected articles online listed below.
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A look at our work over four decades shows that no matter the challenges, we can meet and exceed expectations.
Some of our Executive Director’s favorite programs after almost thirty years of leading “this noble enterprise.”
Enjoy an interview with author and “history detective” Ray Raphael, a scholar who separates myth from truth.
Read about our inaugural Public Squared project: the $25,000 grant awarded to Central Square Theater and its “Roots of Liberty” program.
What started as a local blog has become…a reliable place for thoughtful commentary on important issues. Here’s an interview with Hayley Wood, the originator and editor of The Public Humanist. Check out the slide show of the Top Ten posts.
David Tebaldi talks about the Great Books Summer Program and Mass Humanities involvement providing kids from low-income families with an intellectually rich out-of-school experience.
A newly released five-year study shows that Mass Humanities’ Clemente Course is changing more than just minds—it’s changing lives.
Ginnette Powell explains how seeing an ad for Mass Humanities’ Clemente Course has given her a new perspective on life, her community, and herself.
Mass Humanities Executive Director talks to our annual symposium panelist and Internet writer Virginia Heffernan on just where the rabbit hold of the Web is taking us.
On December 4, 2010, the Heights Room at Boston College was abuzz with reflection, conversation, and healthy controversy….
Mass Humanities receives both public and private funding. Those dollars allow us to fund wonderful projects that benefit the public. The documentary film, We Shall Not Be Moved, is one of those projects.
Thirty-two adults who live in or near poverty in Dorchester and New Bedford completed the Clemente Course in the Humanities. Meet two of those graduates….
Learn about the theme for 2011-2015, Crisis Community, and Civic Culture and special project grants for engaging new audiences and social media outreach.
From our comfortable moral positions and in our comfortable American lives, many of us condemn violent political and social action.
A wrap up of the symposium held on November 7th 2009.
Andrew Bacevich is professor of history and international relations at Boston University. A graduate of West Point and a Vietnam Veteran, he earned a doctorate in diplomatic history from Princeton University and was a Bush Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. Bacevich, an eloquent and incisive critic of the Iraq war and U.S. foreign policy, is the author of several books.
The Vital Pictures team is working on a multi-platform media project that will examine the history and philosophical underpinnings of national service in general, and the history of the U.S. military draft in
Reading Frederick Douglass during the Presidency of Barack Obama.
New radio series gives firsthand accounts of life in the fishing community of New Bedford Harbor.
Seventeen children and ten parents and caregivers participated in the family reading program at the Central Library in Springfield, led by John Porcino.
Recent cuts in state funding — made after our Clemente students had enrolled in September — have left us with a gap of $100,000 in the program’s budget.
An excerpt of an interview with Katrina Brown about the documentary, Traces of the Trade.
Mass Humanities funded 12-minute documentary about the influence of the media on Americans’ perceptions of crime and race.
On November 17, 2007, seven big-time editors and reports, one celebrated blogger, and a former presidential press secretary met to consider the latest puzzles and threats facing the mainstream media. (full article)
Excerpt from the article (above) written for Boston College Magazine as published in Mass Humanities.
A contemporary opera about the night of Lincoln`s death will be performed in Northampton in June, a liberty and justice for all grant funded project.
Lyda Kuth and Julia Legas share a passion for Clemente. Lyda recently attended a Clemente class taught by Julia, and they have inspired each other to continue supporting the program in their own ways.
Katrina Browne and nine other descendants of the DeWolf family, a Bristol, RI, slave trading empire, trace their ancestors` activities both before and after the slave trade was abolished in 1808 in the film Traces of the Trade.
An interview with Joyce Antler, the author of a cultural history of Jewish mothers.
Reflections and evaluation results on the Literature and Medicine program.
Reflections by a seminar facilitator.
Read the words of the recent graduates from the three Massachusetts Clemente sites.
A conversation with the author of Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick.
Theatre Espresso`s interactive play about the history of the Boston Massacre.
A sampler of the public symposium held on October 21, 2006.
An interview with Bob Waxler and Jean Trounstine, co-directors of Changing Lives Through Literature, a program that brings the humanities into the criminal justice system.
A mixed community course on the prison memoir.
MFH joins forces with the Massachusetts Studies Project to support the next phase of Mass Memories Road Show.
Martin Newhouse, MFH board member interviews Lani Guinier and discuss the framers of the Constitution, proportional representation vs. our districting system and other topics.
A look back at the trio of events that took place at the end of October 2005.
Various news items including an update on Clemente, the Meaning of Service program, “Still Present Past” exhibit and Mass Moments.
Alex Keyssar, an historian by training, has specialized in the examination of issues that have contemporary policy impliations.
An MFH funded exhibition “Stopping the Clock: A Time to Remember Salem`s Pequot Mill Strike of 1933″ is surprising viewers with a slice of labor history.
Several recent Massachusetts humanities projects have utilized the Internet to bring to light some of the stories we didn`t learn in history class.
An interview with the 2005 Commonwealth Humanities Lecturer, Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College.
An MFH funded documentary film exploring two years in the life of St. Patrick`s Church in South Lawrence, a traditionally Irish-American parish undergoing huge changes that reflect dramatic demographic and economic shifts in the city.
On Saturday, November 20th, the Foundation celebrated its 30th birthday with an afternoon symposium called U.S. Presidents in Perspective: The Shifting Fortunes of Presidential Reputations.
An interview with David Halberstam, journalist, historian, and biographer, is one of this country`s most distinguished social and political commentators.
The 2004 Commonwealth Humanities Lecturer was Michael J. Sandel, Ann T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. His lecture is reprinted here.
A radio and internet “almanac” on Massachusetts history launches in January 2005.
An MFH funded 90-minute documentary by filmmaker Ron Lamothe.
Participants reflect on Literature & Medicine, a hospital-based program consisting of six monthly discussions.
An MFH funded exhibit exploring the legacies of the Korean War.
“With the Foundation marking its 30th anniversary, I find myself drawn to a new way of looking at the work we have been doing all these years…”
New board members elected, departing board member, Primary Source awarded NEH Grant, Bay State Historical League Received Award of Merit, New Director of Development.
1970s A Noble Enterprise by Robert Collen, former Chairman from 1980 to 1982.
1980s Shifting Gears by Stephen Nissenbaum, former Chairman from 1987 to 1989.
1990s Facing Challenges by David Lionel Smith, former Chairman from 1998-2000.
Envisioning the Future by Ellen Dunlap, has served as chair since 2002.
An Interview with Historian of Islam Keith Lewinstein.
Five scholars speak up about their experiences leading discussions in the reading and discussion program.
Springfield Museums Showcase Ancient Egypt.
National Endowment for the Humanities` new initiative.
An Interview with Tim Neumann, Executive Director of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.
A review of a Foundation funded film by Irene Lusztig
Featured grant: Fitchburg State College`s Center for Italian Culture documents the Italian-American experience in the communities of Leominster and Fitchburg.
Graduates from the three Bard College Clemente Courses speak for the humanities and for themselves.
Associate Professor Anna Klobucka interviews Nobel Prize-Winning Portuguese Novelist Jose Saramago.
Six hundred people turned out at the Academy of Music in Northampton to view the critically acclaimed feature-length documentary, Promises.
A look at the making of the documentary about Jay and Robert Neugeboren and the subsequent project of screenings and civic dialogues.
The hour-long documentary that examines the impact of Mass MoCA on the economy and culture of North Adams premiered at Mass MoCA.
MFH Development Officer/Program Officer Amy Hoffman interviews Karilyn Crockett, founder and directorof MYTOWN Inc – the Multicultural Youth Tour Of What`s Now.
A look at the ideas behind and the process of filming a documentary focusing on the lives of three teenaged Cambodian American dancers.
MFH Executive Director David Tebaldi interviews Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation.
A look at the ideas behind Unfinished Symphony, a documentary about the 1971 antiwar protest in Lexington led by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War written and directed by Bestor Cram of Northern Light Productions.
MFH Associate Director Ellen K. Rothman interviews Betsy Shure Gross, Special Assistant for Community Preservation with the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.
MFH Board member, Lisbeth Tarlow, relates her experiences with the Foundation`s traveling seminar to Cuba.
The history of the site of the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard and its new interpretive focus, the New England landscape.
MFH Resource Center Director Kristin O`Connell interviews Earl Shorris, distinguished writer and founder and chairman of the advisory board of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a college-level course in the humanities for people living in poverty.
A description of the Clemente Course as taught at The Care Center, a non-profit, multi-service center for pregnant and parenting teens in Holyoke.
An illustrated piece on the Long Road to Justice exhibition, which explores the experiences of African Americans in the courts of Massachusetts over three centuries and is traveling to courthouses across the state.