• Improving Civic Life: Our grants inspire considered thought, conversation, and action through the humanities disciplines.

  • The Clemente Course: Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are given tuition-free, college level instruction for college credit. They study literature, art history, moral philosophy, American history, and writing.

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Reading Douglass

He had Lincoln's ear, now lend him yours.  Participate in a communal reading of Frederick Douglass' fiery speech on human rights and the meaning of the Fourth of July.  Find one near you.

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Attend Events Near You

Want to see what humanities events are going on in your neighborhood? Search our online calendar for wonderful exhibits, talks, walking tours, performances, festivals, and much more.

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Find a Grant

We will award $350,000 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 September 21st.

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Featured Grant: StoriesLive

High school story slams put the humanities up close and personal. Hushed respect and silence come over StoriesLive audiences as often as uproarious laughter and applause. The true, personal stories told by more than 6,000 high school student participants can elicit powerful emotions. Tales of survival in war-torn Bosnia or of a grandson saying goodbye to his dying relative mingle with silly mishaps with a microwave and triumphs in dance competitions; a lot can unfold in the space of three minutes on stage.

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More events...
7/8/15 7:00 PM
David Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Mt. Holyoke College will join William Joyce, former immigration judge in...  Learn More
7/11/15 6:00 PM
In celebration of the 100th anniverary of the founding of the Provincetown Players, which established Provincetown as a center of modernism in the art...  Learn More

Dr. Harriot K. Hunt Visits the Shakers

On this day in 1848, Dr. Harriot K. Hunt of Boston, one of the nation's first female physicians, made a visit to the Shaker community in Harvard. She found much to her liking. There were male and fema...
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