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The Roundtable
10:33 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Ideas Matter - History Of Food

    

  Today in our Ideas Matter segment, we are talking with filmmaker Ian Cheney and Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants and Programs for Mass Humanities, about this year's Massachusetts History Conference, which is called, “Chew on This: Presenting Food in Massachusetts Public History” and will take place on June 1 in Worcester, where Cheney s giving the keynote address.

With them, we will discuss Cheney's new documentary, The Search for General Tso, which was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The film is about the importance and excitement of learning to understand where our food comes from and how it got to the shelf.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Ideas Matter - The Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballad Project

  Today in our Ideas Matter segment we check in with Mass Humanities to discuss an online Humanities resource, the American Antiquarian Society’s new collection exhibit, the Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballad Project, or, as Thomas called it, “Verses in Vogue with the Vulgar.”

We are joined by Molly Hardy, ACLS Public Fellow and Digital Humanities Curator at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA, and project manager of the Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballad project, and Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants and Programs for Mass Humanities. With them, we will explore this online collection of popular music materials from the early 1800’s, including the use and reuse of popular tunes during the early nineteenth century, which, we as we learned this week from the Pharrell Williams/Marvin Gaye trail outcome, would be seen as plagiarism today.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Ideas Matter - Popular Romance Project

  

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we are talking with Pleun Bouricius, Director of Programs for Mass Humanities, about Laurie Kahn's forthcoming documentary, Love Between the Covers, a film about popular romance novels and the author-reader community that sustains the billion dollar popular romance fiction industry.

The film was funded both by Mass Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. With them, we will explore what motivated them to fund and explore this topic, which which has raised some hackles in conservative circles, but also garnered rave reviews at its sneak preview at the Library of Congress.

The Roundtable
10:40 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Ideas Matter - Disability History Museum

  

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we check in with Mass Humanities to find out about the Disability History Museum, an online resource and archive that focuses on the history of disability and disability policy in the United States.

We are joined by Laurie Block, founder of the DHM, and Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants and Programs for Mass Humanities. With them, we will explore the value and creation of online digital humanities resources, as well as this amazing collection of materials on the history of disability.

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The Roundtable
10:40 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Ideas Matter - Literature, Medicine And The Experience Of War

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – 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 check in with MASS Humanities and learn about “Literature, Medicine and the Experience of War” - a six-month, scholar-led, humanities reading and discussion program for health professionals and staff in medical facilities administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and/or veterans and military service organizations.

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New England News
12:34 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The American Social Contract: What Do We Owe Each Other?

Credit Mass Humanities

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Mass Humanities is hosting community film and discussion events across the commonwealth. The program is entitled Created Equal: Conversations on the American Social Contract. Planned with the help of 12 area organizations, the third in the four-part series will be held at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield on Thursday. It begins at 7 p.m. The events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Ideas Matter - Nobody's Girl

This week in our Ideas Matter segment, we feature MASS Humanities and are joined by Harley Erdman, Professor of Theater at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her new play, Nobody's Girl, will have its premiere at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA on October 17th and is based on real events that occurred at the Academy of Music in the early 1940s.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Ideas Matter - Frankenstein And The Unforeseen Consequences Of Technology

   In our series, Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities we visit with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area and discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

This morning we welcome the folks from Mass Humanities to discuss – Frankenstein! Linda McInerney joins us. As Artistic Director of Old Deerfield Productions, Linda has been creating, producing, and directing performing arts for 30 years. In 2013, she commissioned a new theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (adaptation by Lindel Hart) that will be performed at the Springfield Museums, thanks to Mass Humanities, on Sept. 26 and 27.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Ideas Matter - MASS Humanities And The Importance Of Reading

  Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities 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 welcome the folks from Mass Humanities to discuss the importance of reading on the occasion of The New Yorker taking its pay wall down.

The Roundtable
10:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Agreeing to Disagree - Austin Sarat And David Smith

As we have discussed over the past two days - civility is about more than just politeness. It is about disagreeing without disrespect, seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences, listening past one’s preconceptions, and teaching others to do the same. In our previous segments, we explored how we sometimes succeed and often fail at civility.

In our final installment – we present: Civility: An Exercise in Getting Along. We welcome two scholars for an in-depth panel discussion to discuss what the beginning steps are for improved civility in our politics, discourse and search for common ground. We are opening our phone lines for your perspective.

Let me introduce our two special guests: Austin Sarat is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and Chair of Political Science at Amherst College. We also welcome David Smith - the John W. Chandler Professor of English at Williams College. Welcome to you both.

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