Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

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by Lauren, 21, Student
Emancipation Memorial, Lincoln Park, Washington, D.C.
While in my English class, we look at an image of the Lincoln Statue and it showed Lincoln's hand above the head of a former slave. This image is supposed to represent freedom, but to me, it represents the level at which people of color are limited to be.

by Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker
Portrait of young Abraham Lincoln
Ken Burns describes how lines from a historic speech given by 29-year-old Abraham Lincoln have “haunted and inspired” him for nearly 40 years. Expanding on what is revealed in those sentences, Burns discusses how they speak not only to Lincoln’s basic character and optimism, qualities that proved essential to his presidency. He goes on to note that Lincoln’s words, here and elsewhere, are suggestive of what is best in the American character.“A handful of sentences” from Lincoln’s 1838 Springfield speech on national security left a…
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