In Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales—a text often taught in English classes—the narrator describes one of the pilgrims: “And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche.” In other words, to teach well, one learns well. So, in honor of the end of the academic year, we celebrate humanities teachers who devote their lives to passing along what they have learned, sparking lifelong curiosity in their students.
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.