Maryland Humanities Council

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Report Opens National Dialogue on the Humanities

The Heart of the Matter

The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) joins the call for a renewed commitment to the humanities outlined in the national report, The Heart of the Matter:  The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation.  The report was commissioned by a bipartisan group of legislators – Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), and Rep. David Price (D-NC) – and prepared by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS) Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Marylanders are invited to share their thoughts on our Facebook page or share their response via email.


Watch Commission member John Lithgow, actor and author, speaking at the University of Maryland’s Worldwise Arts & Humanities Dean’s Lecture Series.


The report argues that reinvigorating the humanities is essential to achieving three vital national goals:

  • Educating Americans in the knowledge, skills, and understanding they will need to thrive in a twenty-first-century democracy.
  • Fostering a society that is innovative, competitive, and strong.
  • Equiping the nation for leadership in an interconnected world.

The humanities promote these goals by cultivating critical reasoning, empathy, creativity, curiosity, flexibility, and knowledge of history, civics, languages, and other cultures, among others. Click here to read our latest press release about the report.