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December 3, 2014 @ 7:00pm

Chautauqua 2014 "Creative Women: Breaking the Mold" - Emily Dickinson

History comes alive with MHC's FREE Chautauqua living history program. Audience members meet historical figures then participate in a thoughtful dialogue with each character. Enjoy a performance by MiMi Zannino of the American Poet Emily Dickinson.

College of Southern Maryland, Center for Business and Industry Rm 113
8730 Mitchell Road
La Plata, MD 20646
Contact Info:
Stephen Johnson
(301) 934-7578

December 11, 2014 @ 4:44pm

Humanities Connection: Archaeology and the Ceramic Artist: Baltimore Clayworks

In September, we heard about the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum’s teaching collection and their partnership with Baltimore Clayworks, a local nonprofit ceramic art center in Baltimore City. In the Spring Hopkins’ students will work with ceramic artists in an attempt to authentically recreate some of the museum’s most precious items. Matthew Hyleck, Education Coordinator at Baltimore Clayworks, provides a ceramic artist’s perspective about how archaeological item speak to him and reflects on what has—and hasn’t—changed in over two thousand years.

WYPR, 88.1fm
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Contact Info:
Michele Alexander, Producer

December 14, 2014 @ 2:00pm

Mendes Cohen Living History Performance

Mendes Cohen was there. At Ft. McHenry when the bombs were bursting in air; at the Supreme Court when states rights were at stake; in Paris when the people prepared the barricades; at the Vatican for the installation of a new pope; down the Nile to collect artifacts; in Jerusalem as the first American tourist; in Annapolis when arguments raged over fugitive slaves; on the board of the nation’s first railroad. But who was Mendes Cohen? A soldier, a banker, an adventurer, a politician, a philanthropist… a member of the elite, a member of a persecuted minority… a son of England, a son of Germany, an American patriot, a proud Jew? Come meet the most interesting person you have never heard of! The Jewish Museum of Maryland has developed a living (well, almost living) history character, the ghost of Mendes Cohen. Cohen’s ghost will visit some of his previous haunts throughout the year. This performance is free to the public.

Pikesville Branch, Baltimore County Public Library
1301 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
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December 17, 2014 @ 2:00pm

Chevy Chase Library Book Discussion

Reyna Grande’s The Distance Between Us: A Memoir details the separation of her family members as they work to establish a new life on El Otro Lado (The Other Side) of the Mexican-American border. Join the discussion of the book that captures the dislocation of the author’s childhood

Chevy Chase Library
8005 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Contact Info:
Cindy Schweinfest

December 18, 2014 @ 4:44pm

Humanities Connection: Mary, the Visitation, and the Magnificat: Part 1

Comparative religion is an aspect of the humanities that offers critical insights into the human experience. In recognition of the upcoming holiday, we turn to the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies for a two-part series reflecting on Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth prior to giving birth, and the Magificat, Mary’s song of praise. The ICJS is a non-profit that addresses the contemporary challenges of religious pluralism. In today’s segment, Dr. Heather Miller Rubens, Roman Catholic Scholar at ICJS, contemplates Mary’s spiritual journey. (Image-Champaigne’s “Visitation” courtesy of Wikipedia)

wYPR 88.1FM
Contact Info:
Michele Alexander, Producer

December 25, 2014 @ 4:44pm

Humanities Connection: Mary and the Visitation, Part 2

Last week's segment featured Dr. Rubens, a Roman Catholic Scholar at the Institute of Christian and Jewish Studies, on Mary’s visit to Elizabeth in Luke’s Gospel. Today, on Christmas day, Dr. Homayra Ziad, ICJS' first Muslim Scholar, provides insights on the Muslim poet Jalaluddin Rumi’s writings on the role of Mary in the Qur’an and the story of the Visitation. (Image-“Molana” by Molavi courtesy of Wikipedia)

wYPR 88.1FM
Contact Info:
Michele Alexander, Producer