• Brian Boyles has officially started as Executive Director! Find out more about Brian in this Q&A.

  • 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.

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Climate change forum

Can our current institutions meet the challenge of climate change? And what role could the humanities play in addressing it? Join us in Boston this October 28 for a free forum.


Q&A with Brian Boyles

We sat down with new Mass Humanities Executive Director Brian Boyles to talk about what drew him to this position, his vision going forward and more.

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Benefit dinner

Don't miss our benefit dinner, Opening Doors, Opening Minds, on October 28 in Boston! We'll be awarding the 2018 Governor's Awards in the Humanities and celebrating David Tebaldi's career.

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Featured Grant: Chair City

Gardner was once the chair-making capital of the world but has now been virtually abandoned by industry. One Mass Humanities grantee is using the power of history to help people make sense of their situation, heal, and rebuild the community.

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More events...
10/18/18 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome JANE SHERRON DE HART, professor emerita of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for ...  Learn More
10/20/18 9:30 AM2:30 PM
Sign up for Save the Harbor's "Share the Harbor" fall cruise to Spectacle Island on Saturday October 20th with Boston Harbor Now, the Department of Co...  Learn More
Thursday, October 18th

Poor and Disillusioned in America

Town Meeting Auctions Poor Woman to Lowest Bidder

On this day in 1786, Malden's selectmen put up for "vendue" Mary Degresha, who was unable to support herself. They auctioned her off to the lowest bidder, who agreed to accept payment of six dollars.....
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