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SEPTEMBER 2016

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Grants Awarded

For Your Consideration

Our first round of Discussion Grant awards includes 8 new grantees.

We have made major changes to our grants recently, including creating a whole new Discussion Grants category. The first eight Discussion Grants were made last month, and they have much to offer!

MEET OUR LATEST GRANTEES »

Grant Workshop

Your Guide to Getting Funded

Come learn strategies for getting a grant from Mass Humanities.

Our grant-making staff will be in Springfield on September 8th to share details about our funding priorities, application process, and what makes for a great Mass Humanities grant. Come say hello—we’ll bring the snacks!

JOIN US IN SPRINGFIELD THIS THURSDAY »

grant deadlines

Last Chance!

Higher grant amounts and new deadlines for almost all grants.

Make sure you don’t miss the fast-approaching deadlines for our next grant round. LOI forms for discussion grants are due by 9/15 and for project grants by 9/22. Research inventory grant LOI forms are due earlier than usual, by 9/15!

DON’T MISS A DEADLINE »

Annual Forum

Now Available

We’ve opened registration for our fall forum. Reserve your seats!

Join our panel of historians and WBUR host moderator for a discussion on President Obama's legacy. We welcome Ellen Fitzpatrick, Annette Gordon-Reed, David Greenberg, and Heather Cox Richardson to Boston Public Library’s Rabb Auditorium on November 6th. Meghna Chakrabarti will facilitate.

REGISTER FOR THE FORUM »

Bill of Rights!

Commemorate the Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights turns 225 this December

Celebrate the 225th anniversary of one of our nation's foundational documents with a pop-up kiosk exhibit developed by the National Archives. The exhibits are available free of charge to venues such as libraries, museums, community centers, and schools. If your organization is interested, please contact Mass Humanities by September 18th. Mass Humanities has $500 sponsorships available if you are also interested in organizing a scholar-led discussion or panel on the Bill of Rights. A limited number of exhibits is available first come, first served.

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festival

Strong Female Lead

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival kicks off this month. Mass Humanities funded the festival earlier this year. Three of the directors, all women, shared with The Huffington Post some insights about their work.

HEAR FROM THE DIRECTORS »

Ideas Matter

Righting the Narrative

Misperceptions of Muslim Americans abound, Mehlaqa Samdani, executive director of Critical Connections, tells WAMC’s Ideas Matter. Critical Connections received Mass Humanities funding this year to support their Dialogues Across Divides series in Western Massachusetts about these issues.

LISTEN TO IDEAS MATTER »

Mass Moments

On Two Wheels

The nation’s first bike race took place on this day in 1882. Seven men took over 12 hours to cover the distance from Worcester to Boston and their competition marked the growing popularity of the bicycle in America—and Boston’s place as the bike capital of the country.

READ THE HISTORY»

Brooklyn Dreams

Brooklyn Dreams

Sonia Nieto—former Mass Humanities board member and a leading author and teacher of multicultural education—has a new memoir. Add it to your summer reading list!

READ AND DISCUSS ON FACEBOOK »

Discuss on Twitter

Fenway’s Future

As uncertainty about the future of Boston’s iconic Citgo sign loomed, the Boston Globe spoke with our board member Bill Fowler about the history of the landmark and why it still resonates with us today.

READ AND DISCUSS ON TWITTER »

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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