humanities http://wamc.org en Ideas Matter - Vermont Reads http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-vermont-reads <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We are very happy to continue our weekly feature on The Roundtable, entitled – <a href="http://www.wamc.org/term/ideas-matter"><em>Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities</em></a>. 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.</p><p>Today we’ll learn about the Vermont Humanities Council’s <a href="http://www.vtreads.org">“Vermont Reads”</a> program – a statewide, one-book reading program that builds community through reading, discussion, and the exchange of ideas.</p><p>This year’s Vermont Reads book is <em>Wonder </em>by R.J. Palacio. Here to tell us more about the book and the program are Peter Gilbert, Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director and Amy Cunningham, Vermont Humanities Council Director of Community Programs.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 92534 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter - Vermont Reads Ideas Matter - Pennsylvania Humanities Council - The Evolving Artistry Of The Beatles http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-pennsylvania-humanities-council-evolving-artistry-beatles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We are very happy to continue our weekly feature on The Roundtable, 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> Fri, 23 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 91040 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter - Pennsylvania Humanities Council - The Evolving Artistry Of The Beatles Ideas Matter - Representations Of Women And Motherhood In Film http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-representations-women-and-motherhood-film <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This Sunday is Mother’s Day and today in our <a href="http://wamc.org/term/ideas-matter"><em>Ideas Matter</em></a> segment, we’ll learn about representations of women and motherhood in film from Dr. Jennifer Creech, she served as a panelist a recent New York State Humanities Council-funded film series, <a href="http://www.nyhumanities.org/events/event.php?event_id=6648">"Celebrating Women of Courage and Character"</a> at Rochester's Little Theater Film Society.</p><p>Professor Creech received her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2006. She is an Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages &amp; Cultures at the University of Rochester and is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Film &amp; Media Studies Program and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women's Studies.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90041 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter - Representations Of Women And Motherhood In Film Ideas Matter - Serving: Standing Down http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-serving-standing-down <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It’s time now for our weekly check-in with the humanities in our segment <em>Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities</em>. Today’s we’ll find out about humanities programming for veterans with the <a href="http://www.nyhumanities.org/">New York Council for the Humanities</a>.</p><p>There is a new adult reading and discussion series for vets and their caregivers called <a href="http://www.talkingservice.greatbooks.org/"><em>Serving: Standing Down</em></a>. Here to tell us all about it is Donald Whitfield - Vice President at the Great Books Foundation in Chicago where he directs the adult education division, Great Books Discussions. He is a veteran of the United States Army and a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Ray Graf 88475 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter - Serving: Standing Down 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: 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: 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 Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-mass-humanities-literature-medicine-humanities-heart-health-care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This morning we’ll discuss </span><a href="http://www.masshumanities.org/literature_medicine" style="line-height: 1.5;">MassHumanities Literature &amp; Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – it’s a six-month long program that allows medical professionals to reflect on their work through the power of literature. Hospitals host scholar-led discussion groups and together they explore works of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction that illuminate issues central to caring for people, whether they are well, sick, or dying.</span></p><p>Our guests are Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants and Programs for MASSHumanities, and <a href="http://www.hampshire.edu/faculty/bmeagher.htm">Robert Meagher</a>, Professor of Humanities at Hampshire College.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 81130 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care Ideas Matter: NY Council For The Humanities Asks: What about the Public Humanities? http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-ny-council-humanities-asks-what-about-public-humanities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It seems like everyday there's a new op-ed about the "crisis in the humanities." But most of this talk concerns enrollment on college campuses and job prospects for PhD students. Is there a crisis in the public humanities? And if so, why aren't we talking about it?</p><p>For our <em>Ideas Matter</em> series, Mary Rizzo, Public Historian in Residence at the <a href="http://www.march.rutgers.edu/">Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers University-Camden</a> join us <em>to</em> talk about it.</p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 79305 at http://wamc.org