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

  • 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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Let’s Talk New Grants

Our six new discussion grants provide for conversations of every size, shape, and subject. Whether you’re discussing morality with kids, reading Civil Rights texts, or hosting a panel of history experts, we have funding available.

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Governor’s Awards

Our 2016 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities recipients Freida Garcia, Atul Gawande, and Lia Poorvu have all made living in Massachusetts a richer experience through their public actions. Watch three short videos about them.


Clemente Classics

Five transformative titles will be given to our Clemente Course students this fall. Two course instructors offer their insights into why these books prove enduringly relevant and make such a lasting impression.

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Sharing Our Stories; Sharing Our Lives

Students engage in self-discovery through the power of memoir.  The 75 students who participated in the Literacy Project’s memoir-writing workshop learned from some of the best writers in the genre. When Mass Humanities funded the project, the list of impressive literary figures on the syllabus included Jamaica Kincaid and Augusten Burroughs, among others.

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11/1/16 12/31/16
Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, i...  Learn More
12/12/16 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome GEORGE SCIALABBA, author of "What Are Intellectuals Good For?" and "Divided Mind," for a discussion of ...  Learn More
Friday, December 9th

Time for a Tree and a Rope

Loyalist Despairs at British Defeat

On this day in 1781, Loyalist lawyer Ward Chipman of Boston wrote despairingly to his friend Jonathan Sewall who had gone into exile in London. Chipman confessed, "the mortification of seeing our...
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