Humanities Moments
Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands

Sarah Murphy, Teacher in Virginia

I've always loved to travel, and one of my favorite parts is getting to have a connection to the place that in our classrooms we refer to in the abstract. It makes the history more tangible, real, and often provides perspective that we don't get from secondary sources. While travelling in Scotland last summer, I did one of those seemingly cheesy bus…
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964)

Listening and Learning: Innovating Education, Developing Character, and Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Maurice “Mo” Green, Executive Director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Maurice Green describes the ways in which an essay by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., written while he was a student at Morehouse College, gave him a more expansive understanding of what education can and should do. As the superintendent of the Guilford County School District, Green successfully implemented programs that emphasized students’ character…
Book spines

Be What You Want to Be

Jingyi Li

In this audio recording, graduate student Jingyi Li describes how a late twentieth-century academic study of the book in Japan upended her expectations by rejecting the Eurocentric and Orientalist bias of many comparable scholarly works. Her experience with this text inspired her to move beyond her own linguistic insecurities and to continue with her…
“Dragonsong” by Anne McCaffrey

The Empowering Legacy of Science Fiction

Michelle Davidson, educator and owner of The Lyceum Steps, an education evaluation company

Davidson traces an arc through her life story which began when a fifth-grade teacher gave her a copy of the novel Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. This gesture, combined with the bold and self-affirming nature of a novel featuring a determined young female protagonist, gave Davidson the strength and conviction to surpass her own expectations of herself.
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge

Music Connects Us

Marty Amrine, 43, Writer

Music has always been a powerful and connective force, especially when we least expect it. My father dedicated his life to classical music. Classical was the only form of music we would hear coming from a radio or his cello as he practiced in our living room. Rock n Roll was only allowed with headphones unless my mom and I were in the car, without…

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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