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
The Humanities and Environmental Research
The Zika outbreak has many wondering how to control mosquito and other pest populations throughout the country. How might the humanities play a role in that? Dawn Biehler, author and associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, shares the humanist approach to her research in Baltimore.
June 24, 2016
Have you ever thought about the many connections between ourselves and our environment? At a recent Maryland Humanities discussion panel celebrating the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, panelist Mckay Jenkins introduced the idea of environmental humanities. Now he tells us a bit more about how he teaches that concept to his students at the University of Delaware, and how we can embrace it.
June 17, 2016
Ever wondered how local librarians, archivists, and museum curators learn and share information with each other? Started as a Twitter group, the Baltimore Libraries, Archives, and Museums Collective (bLAMcollective) brings these professionals together for networking, sharing of ideas, and professional development in the digital humanities. Jennifer Ferretti, librarian at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Decker Library, tells us more.
June 10, 2016
Let's Move - Exploring the Past That is All Around Us in Maryland
Do you love learning about local history, but don’t want to spend your summer cooped up in a library? Historian Mike Dixon tells us how we can discover and explore Maryland’s rich history simply by getting outside this summer.
May 27, 2016
Honoring Veterans Through Oral History
As Memorial Day approaches, we think about the best ways to honor our veterans. One of Maryland Humanities’ programs, an oral history project with Southern High School in Anne Arundel County, sought to do just that by connecting high school students with local Vietnam veterans in order to record and preserve their histories. Jennifer Davidson, social studies teacher at Southern High School and coordinator of this project, tells us more.
May 20, 2016
In response to the negative press coverage surrounding last year’s uprising, local nonprofit Wide Angle Youth Media was inspired to document and share positive images of Baltimore youth. The resulting compilation, the promotion of which was made possible in part by Maryland Humanities, shares photographs and essays showcasing Baltimore youth from more than 15 neighborhoods. Today we hear from three Baltimore students who participated in creating and curating the book—Latrell, Raymond, and Imani— on how the experience affected them.
May 12, 2016
Through its #BlackMindsMatter Baltimore Rising: Summoning the Village Call to Action series, sponsored in part by a grant from Maryland Humanities, the Black Mental Health Alliance for Education & Consultation, Inc. (BMHA) has created an innovative model of community engagement designed to infuse mental health strategies and solutions into the current and longstanding challenges facing Baltimore City. Jan Desper Peters, executive director at the BMHA, tells us more.
May 5, 2016
Quince Orchard Project
As we reflect upon last April’s unrest in Baltimore, we recognize the importance of collecting and preserving community histories. Capturing often-untold stories allows us to reflect on the past in order to shape the future. After discovering something new about his 95 year-old grandmother, attorney and political strategist Jason Green set out to preserve the memories of the residents of Quince Orchard, a post-Civil War predominantly African American community near Gaithersburg that thrived for a century before vanishing. The result was The Quince Orchard Project, a documentary film that examines the history and heritage of this lost community. Green tells us more.
April 29, 2016