• Hospital workers reflect and focus on the care they provide through the power of literature thanks to our facilitated group sessions in the Discussion Grant program for Literature & Medicine.

  • Bay State citizens host group readings of an abolitionist's historic words and consider contemporary race relations with our support for the Reading Frederick Douglass program.

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Find a Grant

We will award $450,000 this year in grants—inquire now about one for your work. Send us your ideas for public programs that engage the humanities! Our next LOI form deadline is Sept 18th.

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Fake News is Not New

Discussion of the media is back in politics in a big way. Our forum on 10/15 focuses the attentions of some outstanding thinkers—from the world of satire to the pages of the Boston Globe—on the subject.

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Boston After Busing

Our fall initiative takes on the continuing public schooling inequities in Greater Boston with the help of Pulitzer Prize-winners. Join a reading circle ahead of our culminating discussion on 11/1.

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Featured Grant: The Price of Survival

A significant portion of American jurisprudence rests on the shoulders of a black lesbian theologian whose name you likely do not know. The Price of Survival, a documentary film on the life of 20th-century intellectual Pauli Murray, stitches together the diaries, private notes, poetry, and autobiography of the profound and important thinker to paint a picture of the shifting cultural landscape of her time. Murray worked as an American civil rights activist, women’s rights activist, lawyer, and author before joining the ministry late in life as the first black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest.

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9/26/17 6:30 PM
In 1972, marchers gathered on Boston Common to celebrate International Women's Day. As the women marched into Cambridge, the crowd turned down a side ...  Learn More
9/28/17 3:00 PM4:30 PM
How we can join together across "borders" of all kinds to build vibrant communities? This question is at the heart Naomi Shihab Nye's poems. It is a...  Learn More
Monday, September 25th

Death in the Afternoon

First Newspaper Published in the Colonies

On this day in 1690, Boston printer Benjamin Harris produced the first issue of Publick Occurrences, the first newspaper published in Britain's North American colonies. Readers were enthusias...
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