Maryland Humanities is proud to present a series of programs that explore the military experience and what it means to serve.
As home to eleven military installations, a distinguished military academy, and an estimated 400,000 veterans, the state of Maryland shares a long and important history with America’s armed forces. Veterans and active duty military personnel are our neighbors, co-workers, and our family members. Maryland Humanities, in partnership with veterans’ service organizations across the state, has developed a series of programs for veterans and active duty military, their families, and the public at large that use the humanities to explore the history, experience, and meaning of war and military service.
Humanities and the Experience of War
A joint initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Maryland Humanities, these programs were originally developed and supported with funding from the Standing Together program which used the humanities to promote discussion and a deepened understanding of the experiences of current and former service members, and to support veterans by offering opportunities for them to give voice to and reflect upon issues of particular interest or concern.
Veterans Oral History Project
Since 2015, students at Southern High School in Anne Arundel County have conducted oral history interviews with Vietnam War veterans and Vietnamese immigrants who experienced the war. These students first receive training in oral history techniques in classroom sessions with oral historian Dr. Barry Lanman of the Martha Ross Center at UMBC. Transcripts of the interviews are housed at the Maryland State Archives, and the project is showcased at annual community events.
To learn more, email Judy Dobbs, Program Officer, or call (410) 685-4185. You can also get a taste of the program through the video below.
Video produced by Maryland Public Television
Veterans Book Groups
Maryland Humanities works with local veterans to plan and facilitate small-group reading and discussion programs at the Baltimore County Library, Towson branch, the Harford County Library, Bel Air branch, or the St. Mary’s County Library, Lexington Park branch. Created by the Maine Humanities Council, Veterans Book Groups aim to bring veterans of all eras and active military together to talk about military experiences and returning to civilian life while providing an informal yet supportive environment for discussion.
Additional Veterans’ Activities
A series of segments on Humanities Connection, Maryland Humanities’ weekly radio program, will feature veteran voices, providing reflections on great literature of war, military history, and highlighting service organizations and programs using humanities to reach and connect service members. Check out upcoming segments to see when veterans-related segments will air, or mark your calendar to listen every Thursday at 4:44pm on WYPR, 88.1FM.
Maryland Humanities’ Blog
For military- and veterans-related topics from Maryland Humanities’ blog, subscribe or see a list of past topics.