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  August 2018

We have a new executive director!
brian boyles
We're proud to announce Brian Boyles as the new executive director of Mass Humanities. Brian comes to us after twelve years at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Louisiana's state humanities council, where he was known for innovative programs and publications, successful fundraising, and accomplishment in engaging diverse groups of people. Please join us in giving Brian a warm welcome!

Fall Forum: Science, Democracy, and Climate Change
climate change forum
History has proven the American system of government to be remarkably resilient, but some question whether our current institutions can meet the challenge of climate change. This October 28, we hope you join us in a forum featuring historians, scientists, policy makers, and activists that will explore the role of the humanities in addressing what could be the largest and most complex problem our society has faced.

Win tickets to Hamilton!
Ever wanted to see Hamilton? Now's your chance! We're creating a new promotional video about the humanities and would love to include short clips of our audience members--that means you!--using their mobile phones and laptops to video themselves talking about why they love the humanities. If you submit a video by August 15 you'll be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to see Hamilton at The Boston Opera House. Contact Tim Binkert for details.

Grantee stories & more
north adams library
The History of North Adams
"There's so much history here." Nice piece in The Berkshire Eagle on a new project we just funded: the collecting and honoring of North Adams' past, while also bringing people from the community together.

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constitutional convention
Replacing Aristocracy with Democracy
Since the 1980s the wealthy in the US have steadily pulled away from the rest of the country while the other classes have stagnated. The works of Adam Smith and John Adams have some suggestions to help us democratize.

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u boat cape cod
German U-Boat Attacks Cape Cod
On July 21, 1918 a German U-Boat attacked Cape Cod, marking the first attack on the U.S. mainland since the War of 1812.

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The Words of Frederick Douglass
From Boston to Lynn to Plainfield, a record number of public readings of Frederick Douglass's 1852 speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July" took place across MA in July. Thanks so much to all who participated!

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Upcoming events
Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box A discussion about the women's suffrage movement in the United States and the political gains made up to the present day.More Info
The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea Environmental historian Jack E. Davis will discuss his latest book, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea at Harvard Book Store. More Info
A Children's Book Discussion on Immigration
A book discussion group bringing children and adults together to enjoy outstanding picture books on the topic of immigration. More Info


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