March 2012
Here we are in one of the two months that also happens to be a verb. (You “may” know the other.) But unlike that one, March has a rather commanding quality to it. It’s about doing. So often the humanities are associated with more internal activities: thinking, listening, wondering. But however tranquil those might seem (and most times, they’re not), the best reflection, the best listening, the best questioning leads to the most meaningful action. So, march, don’t walk, to our humanities recommendations this month. You may just be inspired.
Educational Notes
MH-funded concerts at the Amherst Survival Center.
Picturing America
A special conference on how to use art in teaching.
The Eloquent Adolescent
A MH program develops oratory in teenagers.
The Public Humanist
MH’s Civility Forum now live to watch.
Mass Moments
Frozen food debuts in Springfield.
The 41st Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities.
Our director on civility in America.
FAIR is now in session.
House Calls
Good health care starts with the ability to think deeply; Mass Humanities shows us how.
The world of medicine can be a crucible of intellectual questions, ethical dilemmas, and soulful searching. But you don't have to be in health care to wrestle with the same profundity. Follow along with our Literature & Medicine program and explore the ethics of science in Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, Never Let Me Go; read Atul Gawande's moving essay on end-of-life, "Letting Go"; or start a water-cooler conversation with the themes brought up in short stories by Lorrie Moore (“People Like That Are the Only People Here”), Alice Munro (“The Bear Came Over the Mountain”), and Andre Dubus (“Out of the Snow”). You can learn more about the hospital program and check out the syllabi here.
The Nature of the Humanities
Take a walk through history in Deerfield.
Thanks to grants from Mass Humanities, Historic Deerfield is launching a new printed walking tour that interprets village sites connected to the Raid of 1704. The tour will be available to pick up for free at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Visitors may also want to check out the Flynt Center itself (be sure to visit during its winter hours). On view is the new exhibition, “Furnishing the Frontier: The Material World of the Connecticut River Valley, 1680-1720.”
The Ask
Get grant-writing tips and strategies for your humanities project.
Have you been wondering how to get funding for that exhibit, film, lecture, or other humanities project? Mass Humanities is here to help. For this workshop, the Foundation is joining with the National Endowment for the Humanities to discuss opportunities for grants from both organizations and offer strategies for crafting successful grant applications. This installment of “The Ask” takes place at the Boston Public Library from 10:30 AM until noon on Friday, March 23.

CSI: Art History

Worcester Art Museum follows the clues to understand African-American artist Julien Hudson.
William Keyse Rudolphe, curator of the MH-funded exhibition “In Search of Julien Hudson,” has spent years uncovering facts about Hudson. On Sunday, March 11, you can hear him describe his inquiry into this important, but elusive, artist in American history. Dr. Rudolph is the curator of American art at the Milwaukee Art Museum.


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