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Maryland Humanities – A Community Resource

Maryland Humanities works with a variety of humanities speakers who entertain, educate, and challenge audiences to reflect upon a wide range of topics from diverse perspectives. We link some of our finest historians, philosophers, political scientists, writers, poets, and living history performers with organizations throughout the state who are planning public programs in the humanities.

Contact us at info@mdhumanities.org to discuss your program ideas, and we will put you in touch with potential speakers for your event. The list below is a sampling of speakers who address a variety of humanities topics – from the life of Harriet Tubman to how immigration shapes our history, from the power of poetry to moral dilemmas in protecting the environment.

  • African American History

    Pride and Protest: Poetry of the America Civil Rights Movement Jeffrey Lamar Coleman
    Expert Witnesses: The NAACP’s Brown Case Strategy Debra Newman Ham
    Is Africa My home: The Debate about the Colonization of Maryland Blacks in the 19th Century Debra Newman Ham
    Historic African-American Communities in Baltimore County Louis Diggs
    Telling an African-American Saga on Maryland’s Eastern Shore Burney J. Hollis
    The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Baltimore Riots of 1968 Peter Levy
    The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Gwendolyn Briley-Strand
    Movies, Race and World War II: Early Images of the Civil Rights Movement Thomas Cripps
    Allegany County African-American History: People and Places Albert Feldstein
    Black Nuns in a Slave Society: First Sisterhood of African-Americans Mary Reginald Gerdes
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Living History Presentation Bill Grimmette
    The Olde Storyteller Bill Grimmette
    W.E.B. DuBois: A Living History Presentation Bill Grimmette
    Race Women’s History, Race Man: Juanita Jackson Mitchell, Gloria Richardson and Martin Luther King, Jr. Sharon Harley
    Charles Ball: A Living History Presentation Vincent Leggett
    Civil War on Race Street: The Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland Peter Levy
    The Harlem Renaissance Movement, Its Art and Politics Priscilla R. Ramsey
    Separate but Equal and the Brown Decision Janet Sims-Wood
    King Joined a Movement Bruce Thompson
    The Crowning Crime: The International Slave Trade Glenn F. Williams
    Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women’s History, Food and Power Psyche Williams-Forson
    Frederick Douglass, a Living History Presentation Bill Grimmette
    Thurgood is Coming! A Living History Presentation Lenneal J. Henderson
    Fighting Old Nep: The Food Culture of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders Michael Twitty
    Harriet Tubman: Meet the Woman Gwendolyn Briley-Strand
    Zora Neale Hurston: An American Life Charles Camp
    Fighting for Freedom: Black Women’s History’s Army Corps During World War II Janet Sims-Wood

  • Baltimore

    Nineteenth Century Baltimore: A City of Immigrants Wayne R. Schaumburg
    The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Baltimore Riots of 1968 Peter Levy
    Bethlehem Steel: The Words of Workers Bill Barry
    Terpsichorean Delights: French, English, Scottish, Irish and American Dances in Baltimore, 1794-1814 Chrystelle T. Bond
    Mobtown and the 19th Century Gangs of Baltimore Martin Ford
    A Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 Wayne R. Schaumburg
    Bygone Baltimore: A History of the Monumental City from 1729 to the Present Wayne R. Schaumburg
    The Battle of Baltimore and the Birth of the Anthem Vince Vaise

  • Chesapeake Bay

    Terror on the Chesapeake Christopher T. George
    An Abundant and Fruitful Land: An Overview of Human Use of the Chesapeake through History Henry M. Miller
    The Almighty Oyster: Food, Fighting and Sensibility John R. Wennersten

  • Civil War

    Marching through Maryland: Lee’s Campaign of 1862 Thomas G. Clemens
    Rebel Heels and Northern Scum: Maryland’s Role in the Civil War Thomas G. Clemens
    Music of the Civil War Era David M. Hildebrand

  • Civility

    Disabilities and the Inclusive Society Michael Franch

  • Environment

    Embracing the World through Nature Writers Colleen M. Webster
    The Crab Grass Frontier: Lawns, Sensibilities, and Sustainability John R. Wennersten

  • Ethics

    Disabilities and the Inclusive Society Michael Franch
    The Global Village in the Millennium Robert Ginsberg
    Humans and Nature: Moral Dilemmas of Protecting the Environment Paul Wapner
    Justice, Forgiveness and Remembrance of the Holocaust Katharina von Kellenbach

  • Food

    Fighting Old Nep: The Food Culture of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders Michael Twitty
    The Almighty Oyster: Food, Fighting, and Sensibility John R. Wennersten
    Cooking in Maryland: From Open-Hearth to Fireless Cooker Patricia Bixler-Reber

  • Genealogy

    Getting Started with Genealogy Michael Dixon

  • Government

    The Bill of Rights: How has It Endured? Robert Ginsberg
    Liberty and Security in America Melvin A. Goodman
    The New CIA Melvin A. Goodman

  • Historic Preservation

    If this Place Could Talk: Researching the History of an Old House Michael Dixon
    Frederick Law Olmsted: His Legend and His Legacy Judith R. Smith

  • Immigration

    Melting Pot or Mixing Bowl: How Immigration Shapes Our History Martin Ford
    Nineteenth Century Baltimore: A City of Immigrants Wayne R. Schaumburg

  • Law

    Expert Witnesses: The NAACP’s Brown Case Strategy Debra Newman Ham

  • Literature

    Poetry and the American Dream Linda Joy Burke
    Understanding the Power of Poetry Michael S. Glaser
    Freedom and Rebellion: From Walt Whitman to Langston Hughes Burney J. Hollis
    Jane Eyre: Gothic Melodrama and Spiritual Autobiography Robert Kachur
    The Horror Genre: Why Do We Want To Be Scared? Robert Kachur
    Live Lyrics!: Interpretive Poetry Michelle Nelson
    Poetry Chat with Maryland’s Poet Laureate Stanley Plumly
    Creative Writing and Identity The 5th L, Native Son & The Dri Fish
    What Does it Mean? Reading, Understanding and Loving Poetry Sue Ellen Thompson
    Check the Rhyme: A Rhyming Workshop for Young Writers Olu Butterfly Woods
    Ego Trippin’ for a Reason: Hyperbole with a Cause Olu Butterfly Woods
    Embracing the World through Nature Writers Colleen M. Webster
    Images of War in Literature Marianne Wilski-Strong
    Pride and Protest: Poetry of the America Civil Rights Movement Jeffrey Lamar Coleman
    Nineteenth Century African American History Women’s History Writers Carla L. Peterson

  • Maryland

    Charles Ball: A Living History Presentation Vincent Leggett
    Civil War on Race Street: The Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland Peter Levy
    Frederick Douglass, a Living History Presentation Bill Grimmette
    Thurgood is Coming! A Living History Presentation Lenneal J. Henderson
    Fighting Old Nep: The Food Culture of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders Michael Twitty
    Harriet Tubman: Meet the Woman Gwendolyn Briley-Strand
    Marching Through Maryland: Lee’s Campaign of 1862 Thomas G. Clemens
    Rebel Heels and Northern Scum: Maryland’s Role in the Civil War Thomas G. Clemens
    Rosalie Calvert and the War of 1812 Mary Ann Jung
    Historic African-American Communities in Baltimore County Louis Diggs
    Is Africa My Home: The Debate about the Colonization of Maryland Blacks in the 19th Century Debra Newman Ham
    Telling an African-American Saga on Maryland’s Eastern Shore Burney J. Hollis
    The Mason-Dixon Line: The Stories Behind a Geographic Boundary Michael Dixon
    Life and Death in 17th Century Maryland James G. Gibbs
    Discovering Maryland’s First Capital Henry M. Miller
    Cooking in Maryland: From Open-Hearth to Fireless Cooker Patricia Bixler Reber
    Run of the Mill: History and Archaeology of Maryland Mills James G. Gibbs
    Music of Early Maryland David M. Hildebrand
    Religion in Early Maryland: America’s First Experiment With Religious Freedom Henry M. Miller
    Margaret Brent of Maryland Mary Ann Jung

  • Music

    America’s Patriotic Music from the Revolution to September 11 Ed Okonowicz
    Music of the Civil War Era David M. Hildebrand
    Music of the War of 1812 in America David M. Hildebrand
    Music of Early Maryland David M. Hildebrand

  • Politics

    Are We Essentially Good or Selfish? How Do Our Politics Reflect Our Beliefs about Human Nature Howard Ernst
    Are Liberals and Conservatives Really from Different Planets? Stephen E. Frantzich
    Citizen Democracy: How Average Citizens Influence National Public Policy Stephen E. Frantzich

  • Religion

    Religious Fundamentalism: A Global and Comparative Perspective Bjorn Krondorfer
    Religion in Early Maryland: America’s First Experiment With Religious Freedom Henry M. Miller

  • War of 1812

    Terror on the Chesapeake Christopher T. George
    Rosalie Calvert and the War of 1812 Mary Ann Jung
    Music of the War of 1812 in America David M. Hildebrand
    Star-Spangled Archaeology: Commemorating the War of 1812 Through Maritime Archaeology Susan B. M. Langley
    The Battle of Baltimore and the Birth of an Anthem Vince Vaise

  • Women

    Fighting for Freedom: Black Women’s Army Corps During World War II Janet Sims-Wood
    Zora Neale Hurston: An American Life Charles Camp
    Harriet Tubman: Meet the Woman Gwendolyn Briley-Strand
    Nineteenth Century African American History Women’s History Writers Carla L. Peterson
    Margaret Brent of Maryland Mary Ann Jung
    Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women’s History, Food and Power Psyche WIlliams-Forson
    Off with Her Head: The Six Wives of Henry VIII Anne-Marie Drew
    Amelia Earhart: Dreams Take Flight, a Living History Presentation Mary Ann Jung
    Clara Barton: Red Cross Angel, a Living History Presentation Mary Ann Jung
    Good Queen Bess, a Living History Presentation Mary Ann Jung
    Frida Kahlo, a Living History Presentation Colleen M. Webster
    Julia Child: America’s Favorite French Chef, a Living History Presentation Mary Ann Jung
    Rosalie Calvert and the War of 1812 Mary Ann Jung

  • World War II

    Auschwitz-Birkenau: Anatomy of a Death Camp Bjorn Krondorfer
    Fighting for Freedom: Black Women’s Army Corps During World War II Janet Sims-Wood
    Justice, Forgiveness and Remembrance of the Holocaust Katharina von Kellenbach

  • World History

    Current Issues in Latin America Ronn Pineo
    Globalization(s) and Africa in the New Millennium: Will Things Fall Apart Again? Zekeh S. Gbotokuma
    Cuba: Cultural Heritage, Revolution and New Realities George L. Scheper

Maryland Humanities is a statewide, educational nonprofit organization that creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities.
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