Episode 89: Common Spaces for Sharing Our Humanity

“The humanities are human beings interpreting what human beings do,” says Brian Boyles, Executive Director of Mass Humanities. He discusses Mass Humanities’ work to support communities who are doing humanities work in the public square. He says that given the crises we’re facing as a country, the more the humanities can be a part of those conversations, the better.

Brian Boyles (Image by Zack Smith)Brian Boyles is Executive Director for Mass Humanities, where he works with communities, scholars, and supporters to advance the council’s mission. Prior to joining MH, he spent 11 years at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, directing the opening of the Louisiana Humanities Center that year, developing programs that responded to the post-Katrina recovery, supervising the council’s grants and public programming, and leading its partnerships with the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, and the CreateLouisiana fund for filmmakers.

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Episode 72: Mass Historical Society is “Getting Out”

Catherine Allgor, President of Massachusetts Historical Society, shares her path to becoming an historian, and how the Society is expanding efforts to “get out” – by digitizing collections, expanding community partnerships, and more. (Also, don’t miss this conversation we had with Allgor last year about Mass History Day, a state affiliate of National History Day, a highly-regarded program that gives students a chance to dig deep into the past through creative learning and presentations.)

Catherine AllgorCatherine Allgor has been appointed the next president of the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Previously, she had been the Nadine and Robert Skotheim Director of Education at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, and a former Professor of History and UC Presidential Chair at the University of California, Riverside. Allgor attended Mount Holyoke College as a Frances Perkins Scholar and received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University, where she also won the Yale Teaching Award.  Her dissertation received a prize as the best dissertation in American History at Yale and The Lerner-Scott Prize for the Best Dissertation in U.S. Women’s History.
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Episode 45: The Humanities Equip Us with Tools of Introspection & Analysis

Rose Sackey-Milligan is a Senior Program Officer at Mass Humanities and Academic Director of the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities, a college-level learning experience for adults whose aspirations for higher education and engagement with the humanities are thwarted by socioeconomic circumstances. She discusses the vital role of the humanities – philosophy, ethics, jurisprudence, language, literature, and more – to offer people a space and opportunity to explore ever-evolving ideas of history and culture.

Rose Sackey-MilliganRose Sackey-Milligan is a socio-cultural anthropologist and former Director of the Social Justice Program, Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. At Mass Humanities she is a Senior Program Officer, Reading Frederick Douglass Together statewide coordinator, and Academic Director of the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities in Springfield, MA.

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