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.
Today in our ongoing Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities series, we bring you two outstanding public humanists, and we’ll discuss the idea of Christmas as one feasting holiday among others, enjoyed as a religious and not-so-religious holiday by many.
We’re talking about Christmas’ role in our culture.
Joining us – both from the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, NY are Beth Forrest Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Deirdre Murphy, Professor of Liberal Arts.
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?
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.
Film Critic Bill Wine will discuss the psychological difference between reading a book and viewing a film.
Bill Wine has been writing about and teaching film throughout his career, serving as a movie critic for magazines, newspapers, radio and television and online. He served as the movie critic for Fox Television for twelve years, earning eight Emmy award nominations and winning three Emmy awards. Wine has been the movie critic for the CBS station KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia since 2001. He has also written for The Village Voice, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and many other publications. He is the Tenured professor of film, La Salle University and he joins us to tell us more.
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.
We are very happy to continue our series, Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area.
This morning we spotlight Massachusetts Humanities and discuss bringing the Humanities to Life. Susan Stinson is an author and writer in residence at the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA. We also welcome Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants and Programs at Mass Humanities.