humanities

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Ideas Matter - Vermont Reads

  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.

Today we’ll learn about the Vermont Humanities Council’s “Vermont Reads” program – a statewide, one-book reading program that builds community through reading, discussion, and the exchange of ideas.

This year’s Vermont Reads book is Wonder 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.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Ideas Matter - Pennsylvania Humanities Council - The Evolving Artistry Of The Beatles

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.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Ideas Matter - Representations Of Women And Motherhood In Film

    

  This Sunday is Mother’s Day and today in our Ideas Matter 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, "Celebrating Women of Courage and Character" at Rochester's Little Theater Film Society.

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 & Cultures at the University of Rochester and is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Film & Media Studies Program and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women's Studies.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Ideas Matter - Serving: Standing Down

    

  It’s time now for our weekly check-in with the humanities in our segment Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. Today’s we’ll find out about humanities programming for veterans with the New York Council for the Humanities.

There is a new adult reading and discussion series for vets and their caregivers called Serving: Standing Down. 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.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Ideas Matter - Mass Humanities Traveling Humanities Seminar to Ghana

  This week in our Ideas Matter segment - we’ll learn about Mass Humanities’ Traveling Humanities Seminar to Ghana.

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.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Ideas Matter: The Abolitionists

All month we've been learning about the NEH film series, Created Equal. One of those films, The Abolitionists 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.

Mary Liz Stewart is the Executive Director of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region and she joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Ideas Matter: Freedom Riders

    

  Last week in our Ideas Matter 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.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Ideas Matter: Service and Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Brian J. Purnell

  Our series, Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities 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 Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Dr. Brian J. Purnell is the Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and History at Bowdoin College and he joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care

  This morning we’ll discuss MassHumanities Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care – 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.

Our guests are Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants and Programs for MASSHumanities, and Robert Meagher, Professor of Humanities at Hampshire College.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Ideas Matter: NY Council For The Humanities Asks: What about the Public Humanities?

  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?

For our Ideas Matter series, Mary Rizzo, Public Historian in Residence at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers University-Camden join us to talk about it.

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