The Maryland Humanities Council creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities.
The humanities help us to reflect on the past, understand the present, and shape the future. We believe in the power of lifelong learning in the humanities to create thoughtful citizens and thus strengthen democracy. The humanities offer a rich source of knowledge, an invaluable set of skills that promote rigorous thinking, and challenge us to consider new ideas and alternate points of view.
What are the humanities? The Maryland Humanities Council uses the humanities as tools for exploring critical issues and themes. The humanities include literature, history, philosophy, archaeology, language, comparative religion, jurisprudence, ethics, art history, architecture, and aspects of the social sciences.
The humanities explore the human experience. Through the humanities we think about who we are – our ideas, our histories, our literature, our values – and how we relate to one another. The humanities foster understanding and improve our ability to interact amicably and meaningfully.