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Grant deadline is 12/17 
grants deadline
If you work for a nonprofit or government organization that serves Massachusetts residents and have a great idea for using history, literature, or other humanities resources to augment a public program, take advantage of our grants! We support projects that use the humanities to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts. The LOI form for Project Grants is due December 17th. 

We're hiring!
Part-time Associate Director of Development wanted! The ideal candidate will have nonprofit fundraising and event planning experience, and strong interest in the humanities. Join a team that's using the humanities to improve civic life and strengthen our democracy.
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Why the humanities?
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Why do we love the humanities? Why do we study them? Promote them? We put together the responses of a number of people involved in our programs.
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Douglass program recognized
We're honored to receive an award from the Institute of American Thought at IUPUI in recognition of our Reading Frederick Douglass program, which fosters an ongoing dialogue on the aspirations of Black Americans for human rights, so critical at this time. (Well done, Rose!) Watch the video, created by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, for more on the program.
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Featured donors: Al and Sally Griggs
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Al Griggs never intended to get involved in the humanities. But he’s sure glad he did.
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Mass Moment:
First Game of Basketball Played in Springfield
On December 21, 1891, Dr. James Naismith designed a game to occupy a bored class of students at the Springfield YMCA: basketball.
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Rediscovering Middlebrow
The work of 20th century middlebrow writers like Booth Tarkington is in danger of being forgotten, but it shouldn’t be. Check out the latest post in our blog, The Public Humanist. 
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Around the Commonwealth
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Morality and monuments
With a grant from Mass Humanities, UMass Boston’s Applied Ethics Center is introducing MA high school students to the moral and political questions involved in arguments over Confederate monuments.

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Q&A with Jill Lepore
“The retreat of humanists from public life has had enormous consequences for the prestige of humanistic ways of knowing and understanding the world.” Great Q&A with MA's Jill Lepore.

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Boston and the Irish language
Check out this oral history project on Irish-speaking Connemara emigrants and their lives at home and in Boston. Funded in part by Mass Humanities.

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Douglass's life & legacy 
If you're interested in the life of Frederick Douglass, we recommend checking out this forum. Posts from Manisha Sinha, David Blight, and Neil Roberts, among others.

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Upcoming events
Should We Rename Faneuil Hall?
Free panel discussion at UMass Boston. More Info
Lexington Tea Burning
An 18th century soldier encampment, musket drills, cooking demonstrations, parades & music, culminating with the burning of the tea! More Info
Macbeth: ASP Youth Production
Actors' Shakespeare Project's young people take on Shakespeare's brooding and supernatural tragedy. Dec. 13th through the 15th. More Info


Mass Humanities supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts.
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