Humanities At Home

Ohio "Humanities at Home" brings new digital programs home to you! These days of physical distancing demand new ways of remaining social. We are all leaping into uncharted ways of staying connected. Ohio Humanities is committed to delivering humanities programming to people--at home!

Every weekday, we bring you something new:

  • Mondays, we share “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” podcasts, videos, and articles.
  • Tuesdays you’ll find a Humanities at Home conversation prompt to use when “meeting” with friends and family at home and far away.
  • Wednesdays bring interesting blog posts and news.
  • Thursdays articles from Pathways magazine will hit the the digital pages.
  • Fridays are dedicated to sharing books we are reading now.

Here are links to the content we’ve posted so far. Check back soon to find new content!

Democracy & the Informed Citizen


Podcast: The National American Suffrage Association with Dr. Kimberly Hamlin

“What Strange Times:” an anti-slavery newspaper survives mob violence, by Pat Williamsen

Elements of Style: Writing the News, an interview with Tom Borgerding

How to Spot Fake News, from Worthington Libraries

Cicero is Dead! Fake News in Ancient Rome, an interview with Brendan McCarthy

How Do We Deal with Fake News? with Jeff Blevins

“May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970,” interview and play by David Hassler

Rebels in Corsets, with Susan Trollinger

The Problem of News Deserts, a conversation between Pat Williamsen; Alan Miller, and Dennis Hetzel

Conversations at Home


A Tale from the Decameron (1916) by John William Waterhouse.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” 

– Marcel Proust

What does your voyage of discovery look like?

“Happiness, knowledge, not in another place but this place, not at another time but this time. . . .”

– Walt Whitman, “A Song for Occupations, part 6,” from Leaves of Grass 

What is your favorite part of Leaves of Grass?

How can I best support young people in these uncertain times?


If you could change one thing in your life/community what would it be?


What lessons would you like to pass on to future generations?


What expectations of normal am I letting go of?

What are the “gifts” that need to be rekindled in your community?


Where do you feel the most at home? What does home feel like to you?


Staff Blog & News


This is Our New Deal, by Pat Williamsen


Poplars, Sunflowers, and a Boy, by Missy Greenleaf Flinn

Reflecting in Isolation with Mary Oliver, by Samantha Chase

On Not Reading a Book During a Pandemic, by David Merkowitz


An Anthem for These Times, by Missy Greenleaf Flinn


Desktop Travel Notes, by Rob Colby


Libraries: Not Just Paper and Mortar, by Diane Schroeder


The Fabric Brigade, by Pat Williamsen

Communication at a Distance, by Missy G. Flinn

Flourishing During a Pandemic, by Pat Williamsen

The Spanish Flu, or the Influenza Epidemic of 1918, video courtesy of the Hancock Historical Museum in Findlay



Greatness by Association: Veterans Put Service Before Self, by Seth Gordon

Returning Home, by Nick Bochenek

Rebels in Corsets, by Susan Trollinger

Omar Chapel, by Missy G. Flinn

Toledo Trendsetter: Pauline Perlmutter Steinem, by Sandra Gurvis

Rebels in Corsets, by Susan Trollinger

Belle Sherwin, by Shirley Wajda

Rock H-Bomb Rock! by Rafael Alvarez

Woman Suffrage: A Reading List for All Ages, from the League of Women Voters of Ohio

What We’re Reading


The Columbus Anthology, ed. by Amanda Page


Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, by Nick Offerman


Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life, by David Giffels

The Ball is Round: The History of Soccer, by David Goldblat

“April is the cruelest month…” T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”


The World of Lore, by Aaron Mahnke

Boccaccio’s Decameron

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, by Robert Putnam