The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist contributor: Kathryn Ruth Bloom

After a long career in corporate public relations in the biopharmaceutical industry, Kathryn Ruth Bloom returned to the academy and completed a PhD in American literature at Northeastern University in May 2018. She is a former board member of Mass Humanities.

Benét and Time Well Spent

You can’t read Stephen Vincent Benét without recognizing his faith in the promise of America. Catch up on this middlebrow writer well worth a re-read.


Edna Ferber’s Cimarron

Middlebrow writer Edna Ferber’s 1929 novel Cimarron puts forward questions as relevant today as they were when the novel was first published.


Rediscovering Middlebrow


The work of 20th century middlebrow writers like Booth Tarkington is in danger of being forgotten. But it shouldn’t be.


One Nation Under God? The Role of Religion in American Public Life

Your parents may have told you to avoid talking about religion and politics in public, but almost 300 people did just that on November 22, 2008, when they participated in the fifth annual Mass Humanities symposium, “One Nation under God? The Role of Religion in American Public Life,” hosted by Boston College. The program brought a stellar group of academics, journalists, theologians and other thought leaders together with students and members of the general public for an intensive discussion of religion in the contemporary public square.