Humanities Moments
The Hawaiian Filipino community welcomes a Philippine navy captain

The Currency of Emotional Intelligence

Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, 28th Chief Justice of the State of California

Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye is the 28th Chief Justice of the State of California. She recalls her experiences as a student in a humanities class in college, her upbringing in a Filipino community of hardworking women eager to pass on their traditions, and her realization that the humanities teach us to celebrate and respect the stories and uniqueness of…
The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

The Brightest Star in the Night

Sydnie, 18, Student

My humanities moment took place over a few years. It all started one day when I was in the 4th grade. This was one of my favorite days in elementary school because we had an assembly that day. That meant that after lunch recess we got to do something fun instead of doing math or history or science or something else that was uncolorful and boring. I…
Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

Reclaiming Richmond

Dr. Ed Ayers, former President and Professor of History at the University of Richmond, former President of the Organization of American Historians, and noted public historian

Historian Ed Ayers discusses how Richmond, Virginia’s 2015 sesquicentennial celebration drew upon the past to re-imagine the future. He emphasizes the ways in which the event’s planners sought to honor the diversity of perspectives and lived experiences in the former capital of the Confederacy.
Woodstock poster

Riots and the Rolling Stones: Musical Youth Culture in 1970s Greece

Parthenon Huxley

Parthenon describes his experience growing up as a musically-minded American expatriate in Greece in the 1960s and early 1970s. After a Greek military coup, opportunities to see live American rock shows ceased entirely. As a result, when the film Woodstock came to Greek theaters, the excitement and desperation young people had to reconnect with their…
Splendor and Darkness, Ackland Art Museum

Finding Meaning in Art

Michael Miragliuolo, 43, Social Studies Teacher at Green Hope HS in Cary, NC

My moment came at one of the least expected times for me over the past few weeks. To begin, I am not a lover of art. I generally am not a fan of art museums at all. About four years ago I married my wife who was a fine arts major at Penn State University and is currently an art teacher in Wake County, North Carolina. She has tried to…

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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