This is Not Fake News
Our fall forum examines the embattled media and what it means for our democracy.
Join us at the Boston Public Library on October 15th, when we
will explore the phenomenon of fake news with panelists Jelani
Cobb (Columbia School of Journalism), Charles Ferguson (MIT and Representational Pictures, Inc.),
Marnie Shure (The Onion), and Claire Wardle (First Draft), and
moderator Sacha Pfeiffer (Boston Globe).
REGISTER FOR OUR FREE FORUM
2017 Governor's Awards in the Humanities
Three accomplished public figures to be recognized at our annual dinner.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sacha Pfeiffer, and David Starr will receive the 2017 Governor's Awards in the Humanities at our annual benefit dinner following the fall forum. Please join us in celebrating the many ways they have improved the civic life in the Commonwealth.
ATTEND THE CEREMONY OCTOBER 15th IN BOSTON
The legacy of Boston's failed attempts at public school integration is still with us.
Mass Humanities looks back at the history of desegregation efforts in Boston's public schools this fall with a civic engagement initiative taking place through November 1st . Find Reading Circle events and a screening and discussion on our calendar, but act quickly, space is limited. Sign up today!
JOIN US FOR THE HARVEST: BROWN V BOARD, NORTH AND SOUTH
Humanities Conference in Boston
Bringing the humanities community together to share, learn, and connect.
This year the National Humanities Conference is bigger than ever with more than 60 breakout sessions, tours, offsite experiential humanities sessions, working groups, the Capps lecture, and plenary events!
Grant Deadlines Approaching
September 18th is the last day to submit inquiries for our November round.
Mass Humanities project grants support public humanities
programming all over the Commonwealth. If your organization or
one you know plans to apply for a project grant this year, this is
the last opportunity. Your last chance to submit local history or
discussion grant inquiries is also approaching on October 2.
LEARN HOW TO APPLY
10,000 Days of War
Preview just a snippet of the new Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 10-part, 18-hour documentary series The Vietnam War. WGBY hosts a sneak peak, free and open to the public, at Northampton's Academy of Music on September 10th.
SAVE THE DATE
Life & Labor
This month at the House of Seven Gables, hear from voices that are typically excluded from labor history, from 19th-century domestic workers and servants to modern American immigrants. Exhibits, walking tours, and
discussions are all in the line-up, funded by Mass Humanities.
DON'T MISS IT
Death in the Afternoon
The bravado shown by white supremacists in Charlottesville this week is supported by the symbols and images of manly Confederate heroes, the same ones that are memorialized in city landscapes and, soon, on popular television.
READ THE PUBLIC HUMANIST
First 100-Mile Bicycle Race
Boston was becoming the bicycle capital of America. On this day in 1882, seven men took over 12 hours to cover the distance from Worcester to Boston. Boston was the home to the nation's first bicycle club, first race, first indoor riding rink, and first mass-produced bicycle.
READ THE HISTORY
The entire Presidential Committee on the Arts & Humanities resigned in
protest of Trump's "hateful rhetoric" in the wake of white supremacist
violence in Charlottesville. The President responded by claiming he was
going to dissolve it anyway, while also praising the "tremendous work" of
the NEA and NEH—the same agencies he proposed eliminating in his
READ AND DISCUSS ON TWITTER
From the Horse's Mouth
White supremacists like those who gathered in Charlottesville last month valorize Confederate General Robert E. Lee and defend public Civil War monuments, many of which are to him. There's one glaring problem: he never wanted any such monuments built.
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