humanities

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.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Ideas Matter: Connecticut Humanities Council - CT Center for the Book and Poetry Out Loud

  

The Connecticut Center for the Book is the CT affiliate to the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book. The mission of the CT Center for the Book is to provide access to the written and spoken word to readers, writers, residents and visitors to CT.

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. Students who participate in Poetry Out Loud master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. This program is coordinated by the CT Center for the Book in collaboration with the CT Office of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Amanda Roy is the Program Officer for the Public Humanities Programs for the Connecticut Humanities and she joins us to tell us more about these two great programs.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities - Demise of the Humanities

  Reports of the demise of the humanities have been greatly exaggerated as we discuss in this week's Ideas Matter segment.

Pleun Bouricius is the Director of Grants and Programs at Mass Humanities.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities' E Pluribus Paralysis: Can We Make Our Democracy Work?

    This morning we spotlight Massachusetts Humanities and discuss their Tenth Annual Fall Symposium entitled, E Pluribus Paralysis: Can We Make Our Democracy Work?

David Tebaldi is Executive Director at MASS Humanities and Alexander Keyssar is Professor of History and Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy
School of Government at Harvard University.

The Roundtable
10:30 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Ideas Matter: NY Council For The Humanities' Vampires, Mummies, And Frankenstein: Oh My!

Ankhefenmut - Albany Institute of History & Art

    This morning we spotlight New York Council for the Humanities and get seasonal and talk about their spooky humanities projects across New York.

We are joined by: Dr. Tim Madigan, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Irish Studies at St. John Fisher College. Tim, in addition to giving talks about Frankenstein through the Council's Speakers in the Humanities program, is the organizer of a one-day public conference, "The Irish Vampire," exploring the life and influence of the Irish novelist, Bram Stoker, and his immortal 1897 work, Dracula.

Erika Sanger, Director of Education, The Albany Institute of History & Art. Erika joins us to talk about the exciting slate of programs she's organized around The Albany's Institute new exhibit, The Mystery of the Albany Mummies, specifically an upcoming project on Amenhotep's Mask and the Book of the Dead.

Anne Field of the Friends of the Town of Pelham Library is here to talk about Pelham Reads Frankenstein, a community-wide reading festival around Mary Shelley's 19th century classic novel.

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