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  July 2018

Read Frederick Douglass with Us Tomorrow!
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At noon TOMORROW, fireworks of a different sort will be set off in Boston with a communal, public reading of Frederick Douglass's impassioned 1852 speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" Douglass urged his audience to consider the legacy of slavery and how race affects our social contract. The reading, part of a series of events across the state supported in part by Mass Humanities, provides an opportunity to consider today's issues through the lens of history.

Congrats to Our Latest Grantees
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Meet the awardees from our June grant round! Each of these thirteen Project Grants is using the humanities to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts.

Save the Date
Join us on Sunday, October 28th at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston for the 2018 Governor's Awards in the Humanities. The awards will be conferred on four accomplished public figures: Ellen S. Dunlap, David J. Harris, Nancy Netzer, and David Tebaldi. With a theme of Opening Doors, Opening Minds, this event will be a special celebration of David Tebaldi’s 33-year tenure as Executive Director of Mass Humanities. Please join us in celebrating!

Grantee Stories & More
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Why We Read Frederick Douglass Aloud
We reached out to five people actively engaged in organizing their community's Reading Frederick Douglass event to get their thoughts on why we read his words aloud.

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Adam Smith & Fake News
Misconceptions abound about the ideas of Adam Smith. He never advocated an amoral free market economy, and knew that government would have to play a large role in protecting the weak against the strong.

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King Philip's War Breaks Out
A Wampanoag raid on June 24, 1675 is considered the beginning of King Philip's War, a bloody conflict that would involve every New England colony and all the peoples of the Algonquian nation.

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Clemente Course Graduations
Congrats to the 62 MA graduates of this year's Clemente Course in the Humanities! Students from Boston, Brockton, Springfield, Worcester and New Bedford completed college-level courses free of charge.

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Upcoming Events
We Who Believe in Freedom Community organizer and Civil Rights veteran Mimi Jones will facilitate a reading series featuring works by influential women.More Info
GLOW Panel Discussion: Light, Art & Livable Cities  In conjunction with its exhibition of historic neon signs from Massachusetts businesses, The Greenway Conservancy will hold a free panel discussion about light, art, and livable cities. More Info
School Violence and Social Responsibility: "The Burials"
A performance of the play "The Burials" followed by panel discussions and Q&As around school violence. More Info


Mass Humanities supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts.
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