August 2017
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Boston Before BusingBoston After Busing

Our new program takes on public schooling inequities in Greater Boston with the help of Pulitzer Prize-winning writers.

The 20th-century effort to achieve racially integrated public schools fell short and today we face many resulting inequities—and some new ones, too. This fall, we return to the subject of Boston's busing crisis in a series of neighborhood-based reading circles, as well as a culminating screening and panel discussion. Pulitzer Prize-winning content by Farah Stockman and Douglas Blackmon are at the heart of The Harvest; Blackmon will facilitate our panel discussion.
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Fake NewsFall Forum

Outstanding thinkers take on the subject of fake news.

Fake news is as old as the Republic. Conspiracy theories and other untruths have circulated through the rumor mill and headlines since our nation's founding. Never before, however, has the news been so pointedly politicized by those in power. This October 15th, we turn to some of the brightest minds in media to ask what the fake news phenomenon means for our democracy.
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ClementeEnroll Now

Higher education is within reach with the Clemente Course.

Spend a year studying some of the greatest works in human history: art, politics, fiction, philosophy, and more. Our Clemente Courses offer low-income adults the chance to reach their aspirations with tuition-free classes that earn transferrable college credits. Students often go on to further their education, and live richer, more fulfilling lives after the Clemente Course.
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AwardMore Meaningful

Our grantee takes home a prestigious AASLH award.

The American Association for State and Local History selected Cambridge Historical Society's 2016 fall symposium "Housing for All?" for its Leadership in History Award. The awards recognize superior achievement in making history meaningful to the public. Congratulations!
READ ABOUT THE AWARDS

NEPRStories to Tell

NEPR trains youth media producers with incredible results.

Mass Humanities funded NEPR's Media Lab earlier this year for high school students from Springfield and Holyoke. The students recently completed their 12-week foundational program and created a podcast to share what they learned.
FOLLOW THEIR JOURNEY

WantedWe're Hiring

How are your communications skills? Our talented Communications Officer David Morgan is moving on to pursue his Master's degree and we are looking for a new hire to steer Mass Humanities outreach, promotions, and public relations.
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Lexington#Alarmed

We helped fund the installation of nearly a dozen new interactive activities in Lexington Historical Society's new exhibit on how information used to go viral. The new content opened to the public on April 18th at Buckman Tavern and is on view through November.
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New Board Members!Fresh Faces

Four new members joined the Mass Humanities board this summer: Ramon Borges-Mendez, Bruce Grinnell, Peggy Kemp, and Amy Macdonald. The new additions represent three regions of the state and a diversity of perspectives and life experiences. We look forward to their contributions as we welcome them aboard!
SEE WHO ELSE IS ON OUR BOARD

The Public HumanistBroadsheets, Live Tweets, and Television

The Mass Humanities blog, the Public Humanist, invites thoughtful contributions on the subject of media past, present, and future. What can we learn from or about media by basing inquiry in the humanities?
WRITE FOR THE PUBLIC HUMANIST

Mass MomentsOn This Day in 1893:
Breakthrough Diabetic Research

Elliott Joslin was a student at Harvard Medical School when he examined a frail Irish girl who was suffering from diabetes. His observations helped him develop a novel approach to treating the disease: a strict diet that regulated blood sugar level.
READ THE HISTORY

On Twitter"This guy was a genius."

Our Reading Frederick Douglass program resonated with Massachusetts residents more than ever this year. Community groups came together to reflect on his social commentary and its relevance today. One report from Natick sums up the program's aims perfectly.
READ AND DISCUSS ON TWITTER

On FacebookNot Neutral

Since his time at Amherst College, Melvil Dewey's name has been uttered in nearly every library. How much do we know about how his personal views have shaped our understanding of the world? The podcast Every Little Thing took to the stacks to find out. Warning, the episode also covers banana slug mating rituals.
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2017 CalendarHumanities Calendar

We list some of the best humanities programming in the Commonwealth on our event calendar. See what is happening this month at Mass Humanities. Publish your organization's public humanities events!
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