ideas matter http://wamc.org en Ideas Matter - Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-frederick-law-olmsted-designing-america <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In this week's <a href="http://wamc.org/term/ideas-matter"><em>Ideas Matter</em></a> segment, we learn about <a href="http://www.florentinefilms.org/FrederickLawOlmsted-id-99.html"><em>Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America</em></a>, a new film by Larry Hott that was funded in part by <a href="http://www.masshumanities.org/">MASS Humanities</a>. We are joined by filmmaker Larry Hott and by Hayley Wood, Senior Program Officer at Mass Humanities.</p><p>WGBY-57 presents the world premiere of Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America at The Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA at 4pm on Sunday, April 13th.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87994 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter - Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America Ideas Matter - Mass Humanities Traveling Humanities Seminar to Ghana http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-mass-humanities-traveling-humanities-seminar-ghana <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This week in our Ideas Matter segment - we’ll learn about <a href="http://www.masshumanities.org/ths_ghana">Mass Humanities’ Traveling Humanities Seminar to Ghana</a>.</p><p>In 1957 Ghana became the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve political independence and according to World Bank figures, Ghana is experiencing one of the fastest rates of economic growth in the world. While these credentials inspire enthusiasm both in and about the country, in the face of inefficient financial management by successive governments, high budget deficits, an electoral system in need of reform, high unemployment, and low education results per investment, the critics are questioning if free and fair elections alone defines Ghana as a democracy. The Mass Humanities Traveling Humanities Seminar looks at Ghana's emerging democracy.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86916 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter - Mass Humanities Traveling Humanities Seminar to Ghana Ideas Matter - History Day In Connecticut http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-history-day-connecticut <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This morning in our </span><a href="http://www.wamc.org/term/ideas-matter" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ideas Matter</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> segment, we spotlight the </span><a href="http://www.cthumanities.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut Humanities Council</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and learn about </span><a href="http://www.historydayct.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">History Day In Connecticut</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>CT History Day is part of the National History Day which helps students understand how to "do" history and why our history is important.</p><p>The program reaches hundreds of schools and thousands of children. It's a way of investing in a future audience for history and the humanities and helps CT students connect directly with the history of their country and their state.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86377 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter - History Day In Connecticut Ideas Matter: Anne Northup, Slavery, and the Birth of American Cuisine http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-anne-northup-slavery-and-birth-american-cuisine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This morning in our </span><a href="http://wamc.org/term/ideas-matter" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ideas Matter</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> segment, we spotlight New York Humanities and discuss Anne </span>Northup<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Slavery, and the Birth of American Cuisine.</span></p><p><em>12 Years a Slave</em>, which just won the Oscar for Best Picture, tells the story of Solomon Northup who was kidnapped from upstate New York and sold into slavery. Told from his point of view, the movie doesn't tell what happened to his family while he was gone. This week we'll learn about his wife Anne, who worked as a cook at the Morris-Jumel House in New York City.</p><p>Our guests are: Carol Ward, Executive Director of <a href="http://www.morrisjumel.org/">Morris-Jumel House</a> and Emilie Gruchow, Archivist at Morris-Jumel House.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85329 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter: Anne Northup, Slavery, and the Birth of American Cuisine Ideas Matter: The Abolitionists http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-abolitionists <p></p><p>All month we've been learning about the NEH film series, <a href="http://www.createdequal.neh.gov/">Created Equal</a>. One of those films, <em>The Abolitionists</em> tells the story of the struggle to end slavery. This week, we'll learn how this struggle played out locally and why it still matters today.</p><p>Mary Liz Stewart is the Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org/">Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region</a> and she joins us to tell us more.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 84851 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter: Freedom Riders http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-freedom-riders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Last week in our <a href="http://www.wamc.org/term/ideas-matter">Ideas Matter</a> segment we learned about an exciting national program, Created Equal, which uses documentary films to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. This week, we learn about how one local organization is using these films to discuss these ideas in the Capital Region.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 84333 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter: Freedom Riders Ideas Matter - Created Equal http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-created-equal <p>We are very happy to continue our weekly feature<em> Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities</em>. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 83634 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter - Created Equal Ideas Matter: CT Humanities Hartford Heritage Project And Place-Based Education http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-ct-humanities-hartford-heritage-project-and-place-based-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We are very happy to continue our weekly feature on the RT, entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter. This morning we spotlight </span><a href="http://www.capitalcc.edu/hhp/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford Heritage Project</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and place-based education with the </span><a href="http://www.cthumanities.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut Humanities Council</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Joining us is Dr. Jeffrey Partridge, Chair of the Humanities Department at Captital Community College, in Hartford CT.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 82487 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter: CT Humanities Hartford Heritage Project And Place-Based Education Ideas Matter: CT Humanities And Public Commemoration And Lessons Of History http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-ct-humanities-and-public-commemoration-and-lessons-history <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We are very happy to continue our weekly feature on the RT, entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.</span></p><p>This morning we spotlight the <a href="http://www.cthumanities.org/">Connecticut Humanities Council</a> and talk about the idea of public commemoration and lessons of history.</p><p>Our guest is <a href="http://www.history.ccsu.edu/fac/warshauer.html">Dr. Matthew Warshauer</a>, Author, public historian, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, Chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission and trustee of Connecticut Humanities.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Ray Graf 82051 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter: CT Humanities And Public Commemoration And Lessons Of History Ideas Matter: Service and Martin Luther King Jr. Day http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-service-and-martin-luther-king-jr-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our series, </span><a href="http://wamc.org/term/ideas-matter" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> provides our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter. This morning we spotlight Service and </span><a href="http://www.nyhumanities.org/discussion_groups/community_conversations/mlk.php" style="line-height: 1.5;">Martin Luther King Jr. Day</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Dr. Brian J. Purnell is the Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and History at Bowdoin College and he joins us to tell us more.</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 81585 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter: Service and Martin Luther King Jr. Day