• 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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The New Mass Moments

After a year of renovations, we are excited for you to explore the redesigned website of our Commonwealth's history through daily quotes, images, and articles.


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 December 18th.

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40 Years of Film

Experience our grant program through the lens of funded films. We’ve selected ten titles to show the topics and styles our grantees have employed over our 40-year history.

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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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More events...
12/17/17 4:30 PM5:00 PM
Julius Caesar is sometimes thought to be a play with no true villain. Join members of the Actors' Shakespeare Project cast as they discuss whether the...  Learn More
1/25/18 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome NYU professor and scientific director of Crime Lab New York PATRICK SHARKEY for a discussion of his lat...  Learn More
Sunday, December 17th

Death in the Afternoon

Coast Guard Cutter Collides with Navy Submarine

On this day in 1927, a Navy submarine, S-4, and a Coast Guard cutter collided within sight of Provincetown. The cutter's bow sliced into the submarine's hull, sending it to the bottom of the bay......
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