Cyberspace & Civic Space: The Impact of the Internet on Our Democracy

Mass Humanities' annual symposium held on November 19, 2011 in Robsham Theater at Boston College explores the political, social, and cultural impacts of the Internet on democracy.

Session 1: The Political Impact of the Internet
Mike Klein, Evgeny Morozov, Eli Pariser, Charles SteelFisher, Callie Crossley (moderator)
Session II: The Social Impact of the Internet
Kate Crawford, Virginia Heffernan, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Cullen Murphy (moderator)
Session III: The Cultural Impact of the Internet
Hiawatha Bray, Jonathan Zittrain, Chris Csikszentmihályi, Charles Kravetz (moderator)

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Soldiers & Citizens: Military and Civic Culture in America

Mass Humanities Fall symposium focusing on military and civic culture held on November 7, 2009 at Boston College. Listen, watch or read the three sessions.

Session 1: Diversity in Uniform: Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality and Religion in the Armed Forces
Col. Charles Allen, Missy Cummings, Nathaniel Frank, Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein, Chris Appy (moderator)
Session II: United We Serve: The All Volunteer Force, National Service and Democracy
Col. Charles Allen, Larry Korb, Paul Rieckhoff, Cullen Murphy (moderator)
Session III: Cultural Influences: The Military, Politics and Society in 21st Century America
Rick Atkinson, Andrew Bacevich, Sarah Sewall, Rachel Maddow (moderator)

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We Shall Not Be Moved

An on-going multimedia documentary project tells the story of a growing grassroots movement that is using the power of bringing people together to help keep families in their homes after foreclosure. GRANT DETAILS
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One Nation Under God? The Role of Religion in American Public Life

Mass Humanities' annual symposium held on November 22nd, 2008 in the Robsham Theater at Boston College. Seven big-time editors and reporters, one celebrated blogger, and a former presidential press secretary met on the stage of Robsham Theater to consider the latest puzzles, annoyances, and threats facing the mainstream media.

Session 1: How Religion Shapes American Culture
Mark Lilla, Jon Meacham, Peter J. Paris, Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, Alan Wolfe
Session 2: Religion and Electoral Politics
Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., Amy Sullivan, Steven Waldman, Hanna Rosin
Session 3: Religion, Morality, and the Law
Stephen Carter, Daniel C. Dennett, Susannah Heschel, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Michael J. Sandel

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Life During Wartime

Rachel Maddow's keynote address at the 2009 Mass Humanities Benefit Dinner on November 7 at Boston College.
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Is America in Decline?

Mass Humanities' annual symposium held on December 4, 2010 in the Heights Room in Corcoran Commons at Boston College. What made/makes America exceptional? Is America in decline? What does that mean exactly? Relative to what/whom? What are the major causes of decline? Which of these are within our power to correct? Is decline inevitable? How have other empires dealt with decline? What are our unique strengths? Can America rise again? How?

Session 1: American Leadership Abroad
Peter Beinart, Gregg Easterbrook, Carol Graham, Paul Starobin
Session 2: The Promise of America at Home
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alexis Gelber, Peniel Joseph, Reihan Salam

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