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Physician and bibliophile Sir William Osler, one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital said "It is as important to know the person who has the disease as it is to know the disease the person has." Literature and Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care is a national award-winning reading and discussion program for health care professionals facilitated in Maryland by the Maryland Humanities Council. Dr. Moira P.
Many are familiar with Francis Scott Key and his connection with the War of 1812, but few may know about the fugitive slave Charles Ball, who fought for the Americans with Commander Joshua Barney’s Flotilla. Charles Ball’s 1837 memoir, The Life and Adventures of Charles Ball provides a detailed look at slave life and slave-owners in the early 19th century.
This year MHC’s Practicing Democracy project teams up with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights for the Southern Maryland Dialogue project, Defying Definitions, which uses the humanities to spur conversation about stereotypes, identity and diversity.
In this year’s One Maryland One Book, King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring story of how She Changed an African Village by Peggiliene Bartels and Eleanor Herman, King Peggy challenges traditional gender roles and attitudes in order to better the lives those in her ancestral village. In this segment, MHC Board member Dr. Diedre Badejo reflects on the intricacies of West African language, culture, and the changing role of women.
Whether they were born, moved, or visited here, Baltimore has been home to a vast number of literary luminaries, innovators of the craft itself, activists who exposed socio-economic inequities, and captured our nation’s cultural ethos. In honor of the recent Baltimore Book Festival and in celebration of the October 5th re-opening of the Poe House, we’ve asked Kristen Harbeson, President of Poe Baltimore, the nonprofit taking over stewardship of the Poe House, to offer a tribute to this city’s vast literary heritage.
The MHC grant supported project, “From Little Bohemia to Middle East: 100 Years of Painted Screens” celebrates a century of a unique, functional emblem of Baltimore: The painted screen. The Painted Screen Society will host a series of workshops and activities furthering its legacy and engaging Baltimoreans in a piece of our proud heritage. Folklorist Elaine Eff, co-founder of the Society, tells us more.
Poetry can serve as a catalyst for self-discovery. The spoken-word duo, the “5thL,” helps writers find their voice through creative writing. One half of the pair, named "Femi," also facilitates a violence intervention program at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences recently released "The Heart of the Matter," a report aiming to spur dialogue on the role that the humanities and social sciences play in shaping our nation's future leaders and advocating for a balanced educational approach, which includes the humanities and social sciences How do young adults manage an ever-changing job market if they have little understanding of themselves, their history, and an ever increasingly connected wo
Maryland’s role in The War of 1812, also known as America’s Second War of Independence, can’t be denied, leaving its mark all over our state. Maryland Humanities Council Speakers Bureau scholar, Ranger Vince Vaise, who is the Chief of Interpretation at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Hampton National Historic Site, reflects on the war’s bicentennial.
(photo courtesy of Vince Vaise)
Has a book ever inspired you or changed your view of the world? What would you write to your favorite author if you had the chance? Letters About Literature is a national writing contest for students in grades four through ten sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and produced in Maryland by the Maryland Humanities Council. The contest promotes reading and writing skills, but also inspires creativity in young people and encourages a life-long love of reading.