Democracy Then & Now
As the upcoming general election approaches, we reflect upon the critical importance of political participation. “Democracy Then and Now: Citizenship and Public Education,” a Maryland Humanities-supported initiative at the University of Maryland, asks students, faculty, staff, and all Marylanders to consider how public higher education has contributed to the inclusion and exclusion of certain people in full citizenship, including voting rights. Kimberly Coles, associate professor of English at University of Maryland, tells us about a recent court case that sheds light on the role of public education in civic participation.
September 2, 2016
History of Canton
Have you ever wondered how the neighborhood of Canton was given its name?The first ethnic Chinese to set foot in the U.S. right here in Baltimore’s Harbor in 1785 when John O’Donnell, an Irish merchant, landed his ship, the Pallas, in Baltimore Harbor in the newly independent United States on August 12, 1785. Dr. Evan Dawley an Assistant Professor of History at Goucher College tells us more about the world-traveler who gave name to an iconic East Baltimore neighborhood and the contribution his family made to establishing Baltimore as a leading hub for trade.
August 26, 2016
Intersection of Journalism and Life
Sometimes a journalist gravitates toward an issue without realizing why. Baltimore Sun enterprise editor Diana Sugg tells us about the moment she understood why she had been drawn to end-of-life stories, and how the knowledge she gathered from working on those stories impacted her personal life.
August 19, 2016
Evaluating the Arts and Humanities
While many of us know the value of the arts and humanities and the profound impact they have on our everyday lives, it is sometimes hard to evaluate that impact through traditional qualitative methods. Tahira Mahdi, a Ph.D. Candidate in Human Services Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, shares her approach to assessing the impact of the arts and humanities.
August 12, 2016
Aging In Your Community
How does where we live affect our health as we grow older? Sarah Szanton, Associate Director for Policy at the Center on Innovative Care in Aging at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, tells us how we can help older adults maintain a sense of community as they age.
August 5, 2016
A Brief History of Black Feminism
Beyonce’s Lemonade has brought the black feminist movement into the national spotlight, bringing about many conversations and perspectives on the topic. Melissa Brown, a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, delves into the history and the pioneering women behind the movement.
July 29, 2016
Historic Ocean City
Many of us spend our summer vacation time at Ocean City – but do you know the history behind this scenic beach and boardwalk? Meagan Baco, communications director at Preservation Maryland, tells us how this go-to summer spot came to be, and how her organization works to preserve its history for generations to come.
July 22, 2016
The Days of Baltimore’s Future Past: Preserving Community History
Some of the greatest gifts we pass down to future generations are our experiences, our stories, our histories. But how do you preserve and share a history that may have already been lost to time? Angela Koukoui, archival technician at the University of Baltimore, shares how she uncovered some of her own history in the library archives.
July 15, 2016
Reading Between the Lines
As adults, we know well the power of literacy – but how do we pass that along to our children in a way that encourages them to truly enjoy reading? Rona Sue London, children’s book curator at the Ivy Bookshop, tells us how she shares her love of reading with children.
July 8, 2016
Engaging in History Through Caricatures
Ever wanted to have a conversation with Ernest Hemingway? Each July, Maryland Humanities’ living history series Chautauqua brings historical figures to life. For the past twenty years, artist Tom Chalkley has drawn caricatures of the featured historical figures for Chautauqua. Chalkley tells us what he has learned through that process.
July 1, 2016