• 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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Summer Reading

Here are the titles our board and staff are tackling from our backyards and beach blankets this summer. Happy reading!

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Common Good Reads

We have a new grant for discussion programs which utilize Pulitzer Prize-winning literature and journalism in public libraries, Adult Basic Education programs or other community settings.

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Featured Grant: Henry V Conversations: What is a Just War?

Performing Shakespeare in the era of the War on Terror. The Actors’ Shakespeare Project presents the Bard as a playwright urgently relevant to our own times, whose work enables us to differently conceive of our most daunting questions. Their moving productions delved into the psychology of villains, the intricacies of race, and in this Henry V production, the questions inherent to the just war doctrine.

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9/1/16 10/31/16
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
9/8/16 1:00 PM3:00 PM
This year Mass Humanities will award $400,000 in grants. Come learn more about our grant program and meet with our staff. Mass Humanities funds publi...  Learn More
Tuesday, August 30th

Welfare and Liberty

Brandeis University Receives Phi Beta Kappa Charter

On this day in 1961, Brandeis University received good news. Less than a decade after accepting its first students, the school had been given approval to start a chapter of the prestigious national ho...
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