• Hospital workers reflect and focus on the care they provide through the power of literature thanks to our facilitated group sessions in the Discussion Grant program for Literature & Medicine.

  • Bay State citizens host group readings of an abolitionist's historic words and consider contemporary race relations with our support for the Reading Frederick Douglass program.

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Boston Busing

Watch the WGBH Forum recording of the November 1st moderated conversation in Roxbury's historic Hibernian Hall. This event followed weeks of neighborhood readings on the historic Boston busing crisis.


Find a Grant

We will award $450,000 this year in grants—inquire now about one for your work. Send us your ideas for public programs that engage the humanities! Our next LOI form deadline is March 26th.

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David Tebaldi Retiring

After 33 years of service as Executive Director of Mass Humanities, David will be stepping down in October. Read more in his open letter of farewell. The search for a new director is underway.

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Featured Grant: James Baldwin Transmedia Project

The award-winning re-mastered documentary film James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket garnered two grants, a wildly successful Public Squared grant and a follow up grant to extend that project into classroom ready materials on James Baldwin. Baldwin, prominent social critic and writer, offered an authentic voice on the black experience and freedom struggle in America of the 20th century and its enduring legacy.

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2/22/18 12:30 PM1:30 PM
An examination of the emerging role that photography played in helping create support and respect for Frederick Douglass and the anti-slavery movement...  Learn More
2/23/18 3:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome Assistant Professor of History at Williams College ALEXANDER BEVILACQUA for a discussion of his new boo...  Learn More
Thursday, February 22nd

Death in the Afternoon

Lynn Shoeworkers Strike

On this day in 1860, thousands of striking shoeworkers filled Lyceum Hall in Lynn. By choosing to begin their protest on Washington's birthday, the strikers were invoking the memory of their revolutio...
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