Humanities Connection: Intersection of the Humanities and Our Daily Lives

Within the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Federal/State Partnership links NEH with fifty-six independent and nonprofit humanities councils, which represent the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and five American territories. The partnership makes humanities education accessible at the local level by utilizing local resources and interests, while also advancing knowledge and public support of the humanities nationwide.

To acknowledge the work our state humanities councils perform, we’d like to highlight one state humanities council a month. For March, we’re excited to share a new program from the Maryland Humanities Council (MHC).

In conjunction with Baltimore’s WYPR 88.1 FM, the MHC launched the weekly radio series Humanities Connection on March 18.


According to a press release from the MHC, the new radio series “explores the intersection of the humanities and our daily lives, reflects on the past, present, and future, celebrates the power of literature, and demonstrates the importance of the humanities to understand the human experience.”

The first segment featured MHC Executive Director Dr. Phoebe Stein. In subsequent segments, Humanities Connection will feature MHC Speakers Bureau scholars, board members, and special guests, as well as humanities professors from Maryland. Each segment will highlight MHC programs and grantee projects.

The March 25 segment will provide reflections from scholar and living history performer Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, on the hundredth  anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s death.

The radio series airs weekly on Monday at 5:45 PM. WYPR 88.1 FM reaches Baltimore, Frederick, and Hagerstown. A sister station, WYPO 106.9 FM, reaches Maryland’s Eastern Shore. You can also listen to the radio series online.

The Maryland Humanities Council was founded in 1973, and since then has committed itself to uniting communities and encouraging conversations about issues that are important to Marylanders. The MHC began creating its own public humanities programming in the early 1990s. Its offices are located in the Mount Vernon Cultural District in Baltimore.

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