Humanities Moments
Homeschooling Supplies

Homeschooling & the Humanities

Isabella Kemp, 19, Student

When shelter at home was enacted in Alachua County my daily routine changed instantly. Luckily, that has been the only major change to my life. Whereas I used to spend most of my time studying or with friends, now a good chunk of my time is devoted to homeschooling my nieces. Like a lot of other essential workers across the country, my sister and her…
Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

The Jungle: Personalizing the Historical Struggle of Workers

Kristen Shedd, Fullerton College & The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress

An early encounter with muckraking American novelist Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle exposed Kristen Shedd to issues surrounding human rights and animal rights in the early 20th century. For Shedd, the 1906 novel exposed the intersections of fiction, policy, history, and social justice.Sinclair’s story prompted her to seek answers to questions: How did…
Skull and Books

Transforming Loss into Artistic Expression

Noah Reid, actor and musician

In this video recording, actor and musician Noah Reid describes the way that a Neil Young song allowed him to understand and portray the way that loss shaped Shakespeare's Hamlet.
turntable and laptop

Becoming a One-Man Band

John Heitzenrater, musician

Heitzenrater describes his transition from an early focus on classical music to the revelation that multi-track recording could enable him to reach new creative heights in musical composition and engineering. Curator's note: John Heitzenrater, a founding member of the band Hindugrass,is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator whose…
Medical clinic

Damaged Goods? Learning about (Mis)information about Sexuality in the Clinic

Jessica Herling, 27, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies graduate student

My humanities moment connects to a book, titled Damaged Goods: Women Living With Incurable Sexually Transmitted Diseases written by Adina Nack, a sociologist and women’s and gender studies (WGS) scholar writing about health, sexuality, and society. This book is about women’s experiences living with HPV. I read this book in my undergrad in a WGS…

About Humanities Moments

The humanities are everywhere — so deeply woven into our daily lives that we often miss them. Sometimes, though, the humanities can surprise you. A book you can’t put down. A photograph that haunts you. A song you can’t get out of your head. And from that moment on, you find yourself changed. The Humanities Moments Project was created to collect personal stories about encounters with the humanities. The stories on this site are presented as submitted, capturing the experiences of those who've shared them in their own words — reflecting their individual views, interpretations, and conclusions. Together, they highlight the diverse and powerful ways the humanities are able to teach, inspire, and enrich our lives.

The humanities are everywhere. But they are so interwoven into our daily lives that we often miss them. Sometimes, though, they surprise you. A book you can’t put down. A photograph that haunts you. A song you can’t get out of your head. The Humanities Moments Project was created to collect stories about how the humanities touch us, inspire us, and enrich our lives.

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