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  OCTOBER 2018

Join the discussion on climate change
climate change
Can our current institutions meet the challenge of climate change? And what role could the humanities play in adressing it? Join us at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate (our presenting partner) this October 28 for a free forum featuring Mariama White-Hammond (AME Church in Jamaica Plain), David Cash (UMass Boston), and Evelyn Fox Keller (MIT) addressing what could be the largest and most complex problem our society has faced. Moderated by Steve Curwood, Executive Producer and Host of NPR's Living on Earth.

2018 Governor's Awards in the Humanities
benefit dinner awardees
Ellen S. Dunlap, David J. Harris, Nancy Netzer, and David Tebaldi will receive the 2018 Governor's Awards in the Humanities at our annual benefit dinner following the fall forum. Called Opening Doors, Opening Minds, we'll be celebrating the many ways they have improved civic life by increasing access to the humanities in the Commonwealth. Join us!

Introducing our new Program Officers!
new POs
We're saying hello to two new Program Officers this month! Jennifer Hall-Witt (left) joins us from Smith College, where she taught women’s history and cultural history and founded a summer humanities program for high school girls. Jennifer has a BA in History from Northwestern University and a PhD in History from Yale University. Katherine May Stevens (right) is coming to us from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. She has a PhD in American Studies from Harvard University and BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis. We wish former Director of Grants Abbye Meyer all the best in her future endeavors, and thank her for her hard work and dedication!

Grantee stories & more
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Hurricane Maria: One Year Later
Don't miss this Mass Humanities-supported documentary exploring the effects of Hurricane Maria on Springfield-area communities.

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Poverty and American Pride
Poor Americans are hurting, facing wage stagnation, worse social benefits and less social mobility than the citizens of many other industrialized countries. Yet they're more patriotic than ever. Why?

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Sam Adams Dies
On this day in 1803 fiery patriot Sam Adams died at age 81. A complete failure as a businessman, he was a brilliant political organizer, talented writer, and passionate public speaker.

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Storytelling and Implicit Bias
How can we respond to the recent increase in racism? One way could be to acknowledge our shared implicit bias, then tell stories to help overcome it.

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Upcoming events
Youth Movements: Yesterday and Today
Panel discussion on Puerto Rican youth activism past and present, part of the "Resistance & Movements: Puerto Ricans in Worcester from the 60's to Today" series.  More Info
The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers
Story of how America's first women soldiers helped win World War I, earned the vote, and fought for the veterans' benefits they'd earned. More Info
Play on, Shakespeare!
Post-show conversation that will place a translation of Macbeth within the larger context of the evolution of the English language. More Info


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