Humanities Connection

Format: 2014-07-10

MHC Board member Dr. Lindsay Thompson examines the historical dynamics between traditional cultures and modernity, proves that in today’s contemporary society, morality is much more complex than ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ and expounds the importance of a moral anchor in her essay, “Morality: Science or Humanities?” Lindsay Thompson is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in the practice track with expertise in the role of character and human values in business, society, and corporate culture.

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Maryland History Day is a national program coordinated in our state by the Maryland Humanities Council that engages students in a discovery of the past through hands-on experiences and research. This year approximately 18,000 student historians in our state participated in the program sending 550 students to compete at the state contest in April. Fifty-nine students will represent Maryland at the national competition this weekend.

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William A. Hammond, who was appointed Surgeon General of the U.S. Army by Abraham Lincoln, founded what is now known as the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland to document the effects of war wounds and disease on the human body. The National Museum of Health and Medicine , celebrating their 151st anniversary this week, honors our 16th President with a permanent exhibition of items associated with his last hours. Andrea Schierkolk, the exhibition’s curator, tells us more.

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May 17th marks the 59th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education verdict, the landmark US Supreme Court ruling declaring separate public schools for black and white students as unconstitutional. Maryland Humanities Council Speakers Bureau Scholar Dr. Debra Newman Ham focuses a lens on social psychologists Mamie and Kenneth Bancroft Clark and their "doll test" research, which strengthened the NAACP’s case leading up to Brown v Board of Education.

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On May 17, 1968, when nine Catholic activists burned 378 draft files in the parking lot of the Catonsville draft board to protest the Vietnam War, little did they know the ripple effects of their actions. A Maryland Humanities Council grant provided support for film screenings, panel discussions, and other public dialogue opportunities in conjunction with UMBC project, titled Looking Forward from the 45th Anniversary of the Catonsville Nine Actions.

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A new pedagogical approach taken at Frostburg State University uses role playing games to explore the deeper issues surrounding slavery. This ‘Reacting to the Past’ workshop, titled “Frederick Douglass, Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Constitution: a 1845 Workshop” was supported through a Maryland Humanities Council major grant. Dr. Shoshana Brassfield from Frostburg State University speaks with Dr. Mark Higbee of Eastern Michigan University, who leads the workshop, about this unique approach.

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The Globe Poster Printing Corporation was a family-owned and operated Baltimore-based Company from 1929 to 2010 that produced iconic posters for America’s most influential musical acts. The exhibition, Globe Poster: Not To Be Missed! opening at the Creative Alliance on April 27th, received MHC grant support.

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By the mid-20th century, Sparrow’s Point was the world’s largest steel mill. Its recent closing has affected thousands of workers who built their lives around the plant. MHC Speakers Bureau Scholar Bill Barry examines the human face of transition and the value of collecting Bethlehem Steelworkers’ oral histories.

Explore Bill Barry’s Website.

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The humanities help us to understand the human experience by exploring the social, cultural, historical and ethical context of our world and our role in it.  Poetic expression is usually a declaration of what is important—and when it is about something that is really important, it often takes on the form of a question.  Michael Glaser, MHC Board Member, former Poet Laureate of Maryland, and Professor Emeritus at St.

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On April 10, in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day,  Maryland Public Television will air the award-winning documentary, "Through the Eye of the Needle: the Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz." At age fifteen, Esther fled her Polish village to escape the Nazis. Later, as a trained seamstress and dress-shop owner living in Frederick, Maryland, she created a series large fabric collages that tell her story of survival. How do we learn from our past for the sake of the future?

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The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) is a statewide, educational, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses the humanities to stimulate and promote informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders.

Opening Eyes. Opening Ears. Opening Minds. The humanities explore the human experience. Through the humanities we think about who we are – our ideas, our histories, our literature, our values – and how we relate to one another. We encourage Marylanders with different backgrounds and viewpoints to see, hear and learn more about others and themselves. We believe that only informed, engaged citizens can build healthy, democratic societies.