Inspiring learning and sharing the joy and power of discovery - that's Maryland Humanities.
A guided walking tour through Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood visits the homes and haunts of some of our state’s literary legends, providing insights into the contexts and influences of their work.
“The most American thing in America.” That’s how Theodore Roosevelt described the Chautauqua movement, where history comes to life in vivid detail. Join your fellow Marylanders and meet and talk with celebrated figures from our nation’s past.
Encouraging a love of reading and a deeper sense of community, One Maryland One Book is like a statewide book club. Every Marylander is invited to participate through one of the hundreds of events happening around the state.
Have you ever read a book that moved you so much you wish you could tell the author? Letters About Literature, our annual contest for grades 4 -12, encourages students to share their love of books and reading.
In a friendly competition, students in grades 6-12 immerse themselves in a facet of history that interests them by researching it in-depth and presenting it in a creative way.
88.1 WYPR, Thursdays at 4:44 pm. Tune in every week for a few minutes with our executive director Phoebe Stein and an array of fascinating guests for stories and lively discussion around literature, our heritage, culture, and more.
Using relevant plays, short stories, poetry, fiction and personal narratives, healthcare professionals across Maryland connect through this program to increase their empathy for patients and one another.
With our network of partners, MCFB develops and supports literary programs that promote and celebrate books, reading, libraries, Maryland writers, and the state’s literary heritage.
This unique cultural collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Maryland Humanities brings high-quality traveling exhibits to small communities across the state.
Together, veterans service organizations across the state and Maryland Humanities present a series of programs for military veterans, their families, and the public at large that explore the history, experience, or meaning of war and military service.
“[The humanities] provide us with tools and perspectives to analyze and interpret social phenomena with different lenses; they open up perspectives we may not have thought about and help us look at issues in more empathic ways.”
“Humanities are the core of everything. You cannot be a good scientist or computer programmer, if you cannot communicate clearly with others and understand others. Humanities studies and scholarships are the essential element in learning how to relate to each other AND how to better communicate with one another.”
“The discussion of the [2015 One Maryland One] book could not have been better. Everyone had a particular part of the story that touched them. One of the newcomers was an experienced rower and gave us wonderful insight into the physical and spiritual aspects of the sport. It is the first time in my ten years with this group that everyone loved the book.”
“By using a variety of sources, I was able to get angles on my topic that I wasn’t able to before. Also, I learned so much about a topic near and dear to my heart that will enrich my learning later in life.”
“The program has definitely helped me refocus on caring for patients versus helping physicians treat their diseases.”
“I feel very proud and happy that I did this, it motivates me to learn more about history. My opinion of history has changed. It made me more motivated to learn about history and it seems much more interesting now.”
Humanities matter because humanity matters. The best thoughts, the highest questions, the most profound actions of courage and sacrifice are found in written accounts, art, and creative expressions throughout the ages. To study the humanities is to study oneself in a way that develops cultural literacy, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence.
“The OMOB 2014 selection seemed to touch the hearts of so many teachers and students. Everyone who read the story was in awe of the struggles, the will to survive, and then the motivation to write the memoir. The Distance Between Us created such an impact on each reader that s/he handed the book to someone with the request, “you must read this story!” Plus, the selection was inter-disciplinary and ‘captured’ students in all grade and academic levels. Renya Grande captivated the readers who, “couldn’t put the book down.” It is one of the best selections. Thank you!!”
Humanities help everyone learn about common and universal themes from diverse groups of people. They can help build peace and understanding in the world.
“[The Museums on Main Street] project was a win-win for the University and community. It enhanced student learning; they gained the ability to explore divisive topics from multiple angles and viewpoints, developed the skills needed to create engaging visual and audio displays, and cultivated an aptitude for envisioning a tangible project from inception through completion, all the while involving them in the local community.”