Annual Symposium

Each fall, Mass Humanities brings a stellar group of scholars, journalists, and public officials together for a series of public conversations examining fundamental aspects of our democratic culture. Past symposia have focused on the Presidency, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Supreme Court, and the role of the media in our democracy. DETAILS

Benefit Dinner

The Mass Humanities benefit dinner is an opportunity for individuals and businesses to support the public humanities in Massachusetts, while enjoying a fine dinner in an elegant setting, and hearing an outstanding speaker following the Annual Public Symposium. Proceeds are used to fund the programs that Mass Humanities conducts. DETAILS

Clemente Course

The Clemente Course in the Humanities provides tuition-free, college-level instruction, for college credit, to economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals aged 17 and older. The course is based on the premise that the insights and skills offered by study of the traditional humanities disciplines can provide people with crucial tools for gaining control over their lives and becoming engaged in their communities. DETAILS

Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR)

FAIR is a humanities-based family reading program which brings children and their parents or caregivers together to enjoy entertaining presentations of award-winning picture books, and to share their responses to these stories. By modeling expressive storytelling and introducing the pleasures and rewards of exploring ideas, the program encourages parents to read to their children at home and to make visiting the library a regular family activity. DETAILS

Governor’s Awards in the Humanities

Civic life in our Commonwealth is enriched by public figures whose actions and decision-making are grounded in an appreciation and understanding of the humanities. The Massachusetts Governor’s Awards in the Humanities recognize particularly notable contributors to this cause. Recipients recognize the centrality of the humanities to our national identity and ethic and they have championed the value of those disciplines through their various careers. The Governor’s Awards are presented at our annual benefit dinner. DETAILS

Literature & Medicine

Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care™ is an exciting workplace program that will give people involved in the delivery of health care an opportunity to come together and reflect on their roles as health care providers through the medium of literature. DETAILS

Mass Moments

Mass Moments, is an electronic almanac of Massachusetts History. Every day, radio and podcast listeners and Internet users find a different story about events and people from three centuries of Massachusetts history. DETAILS

Massachusetts History

One important aspect of Mass Humanities` mission is the history of our own state. Because of the Commonwealth`s decentralized record keeping, towns and historical societies have significant collections. Our Massachusetts History efforts have a threefold purpose. DETAILS

The Public Humanist

A group blog exploring how the humanities can help us understand and contribute to public policy conversations. This project draws on the talents of forty Massachusetts writers, documentary filmmakers and humanities teachers. Reader commentary is encouraged! DETAILS

Reading Frederick Douglass

An invitation to communally read and discuss Frederick Douglass’s July 5, 1852 speech, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro,” leading up to this Fourth of July weekend. Everything you need to organize—the speech, discussion materials, supporting articles, PR guidelines are here. DETAILS

The State House Women’s Leadership Project

One of the most visible special projects the Foundation has undertaken in recent years is the State House Women`s Leadership Project. Designed to honor the contributions of women to public life in Massachusetts, the SHWLP created a major new work of art for the State House, a curriculum for middle and high school students, and a living history presentation. DETAILS

Past Programs

A sampling of some of the projects we have undertaken in the recent past. DETAILS