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  MAY 2018
Support the Clemente Course
clemente graduates springfield
At five Clemente Course sites across the state, low-income adults take college-level classes in the humanities as a bridge to further education and civic involvement. Clemente students have called the experience "literally life-changing." Join with Mass Humanities to make this program possible at our Springfield site through Valley Gives, a special giving event taking place today only. Although focused on western Mass, people everywhere can donate and have their funds matched by generous board members. Gifts starting at just $10 increase the chances for Mass Humanities to win special prizes of up to $5,000. Your gift today will make a real difference!
You're invited!
NEPR event
Join New England Public Radio on May 8 to celebrate the recipients of the 2018 Arts & Humanities Awards! David Tebaldi, Executive Director of Mass Humanities, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Enjoy a good meal, sip a cocktail and enjoy spectacular Valley views from atop Mount Tom, all in celebration of our lively, creative community. We hope you’ll join us!
Celebrate Frederick Douglass
douglass mural
Join us on June 2 at Roxbury Community College for a special celebration of Frederick Douglass's Bicentennial. As part of Mass History Day this year, high school and middle school students from across the state submitted projects related to Douglass, African American history and more; the winners of the competition will be on hand on to receive cash awards, present their projects, and discuss the relevance of Frederick Douglass today with noted Douglass scholars David Blight, Lois Brown, and John Stauffer. After the forum, the afternoon will close with a Douglass-themed "choral poem" researched, written, and performed by MassLEAP. This program is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in collaboration with the Pulitzer Prizes and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
organize douglass reading
Organize a Douglass event
Mass Humanities coordinates annual public readings of Frederick Douglass’s Fourth of July address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” with communities and organizations around the state. To find a reading or organize one yourself, head to our Reading Frederick Douglass homepage.

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now hiring program officer
Program Officer wanted
We're looking for a full-time Program Officer! Responsibilities include working with grant applicants on developing projects and crafting proposals, shepherding proposals through the grant review process, and attending and evaluating funded programs. If you love the humanities, take a look!

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Puritans Leave for Massachusetts
In April of 1630, the ship Arabella weighed anchor and sailed for New England with John Winthrop and 300 English Puritans on board. Massachusetts Bay became the most populous English colony and Boston the largest city in North America.
john winthrop
John Adams & Why Fake News is Nothing New
Failing to expose "fake news" for what it is can have serious consequences for democracy. Take, for example, a campaign scare tactic used against John Adams in the 1800 Presidential election.
john adams
The Heroic Slave
As we gear up for our public readings of Frederick Douglass's speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" across the state in June and July, take a look at his only work of fiction, The Heroic Slave.
frederick douglass

Upcoming events
Activate the Arboretum Walking Tour Auburn Public School students have created a Participatory Photography exhibit to share what they've learned about a local arboretum. More Info
G is for Gun: The Arming of Teachers in America Premiere public screening and discussion of the thirty-minute documenary G is for Gun: The Arming of Teachers in America. More Info
2018 Mass History Conference The 14th annual Massachusetts History Conference explores ways our history organizations preserve and present history. The conference offers peer sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities. More Info


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