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June 2015

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Climate talks, mill walks, antique cars, immigration, and emancipation each have their place on the roster of fascinating humanities happenings this month. Start the summer with events that will engage your hands, feet, and brain.

James Baldwin

The Price of the Ticket

Our grantee brings James Baldwin’s kith and kin to the Kennedy Library.

The panel for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s screening of James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket will include professors and poets with friends and Baldwin’s own family. Discuss his call for equality and its relevance today on June 11th.


Reading Frederick Douglass

The Incomparable Orator

Was Frederick Douglass un-patriotic or ultra-American?

Frederick Douglass left us words that would affect generations of Americans. Discover his lasting ideas through our Reading Frederick Douglass program. He questioned race, patriotism, citizenship, and slavery in his rhetorical masterpiece, which you can read in your community with our support.


Jane Smiley

A Century in America

We partner with Harvard Book Store to bring you Jane Smiley this month.

The second book in Smiley’s widely acclaimed, best-selling American trilogy, Early Warning captures the story of an Iowan family as the country moves out of post–World War II optimism and into the tumultuous 20th century. Discuss history and literature with this Pulitzer Prize winner on June 4th.


Historic Northampton

Digging Northampton

A community archaeology project digs in, funded by Mass Humanities.

The oldest house in Northampton is home to the town’s historical society and the building will soon be renovated. Before they break ground, Historic Northampton has invited the public to find out what life was like for women and children living there in the 1700s. One more opportunity remains to get your hands dirty, join them this Saturday, June 6th.


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My Ancestors...

Dear Ben Affleck, my ancestors were slave owners, too. Here's what we can do about it.


The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist

Take a peek inside the young writers nest, Woven Word Young Writers, where kids dive into popcorn and Neruda with equal aplomb.


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Listen and Learn

Enroll in the college course you wish you'd taken: Slate's History of American Slavery.


Ideas Matter

On Ideas Matter

Vermont Humanities Council discusses Standing Together: Veterans Book Groups and the power of the humanities to help veterans.


Mass Moments

On this day in 1843...

The Transcendentalist philosophers Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane were bringing their families to start a utopian community they would call "Fruitlands."


Science v. Religion

Humanities Calendar

We list the best humanities programming in the Commonwealth on our event calendar. See what is happening this month at Mass Humanities.


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