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Funded by a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the MWCC Humanities Project strengthens the college’s humanities curriculum; supports collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching and research in the humanities; examines the intersection between the humanities and other academic disciplines; and engages MWCC and the community in the discussion of enduring themes from the world’s many cultures and traditions.

Imagining Work

Photograph of <q>New Deal</q> by Carol M. HighsmithImagining Work explores the many ways artists, writers, and photographers have expressed the changing nature of work over the past century and a half – from farm to factory in the 19th century; gainful employment to unemployment during the Great Depression; home to defense plant during World War II; a manufacturing economy to our present knowledge economy; as well as the effects of automation, globalization, immigration, war, and race on the identity of the American worker. Our investigation will focus special attention on pictures and poems: the photographs of Dorothea Lange, the paintings of Jacob Lawrence, and Diane Gilliam Fisher’s award-winning book of poetry Kettle Bottom that depicts the West Virginia Mine Wars.


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Your gift to the MWCC Humanities Project helps support public humanities programming in our communities and at the college. All money raised will be matched by the National Endowment for the Humanities one to two.
Gifts of all levels add up to make an important difference for MWCC students and the community. Thank you for your support.

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Contact Us

Name: Michelle Valois
Email: m_valois@mwcc.mass.edu
Phone: 978-630-9364

Name: Sue Blake
Email: s_blake@mwcc.mass.edu
Phone: 978-630-9343

Name: Lorie Donahue
Email: l_donahue@mwcc.mass.edu
Phone: 978-630-9349

Image Source: “New Deal” WPA art, Clarkson S. Fisher Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, Trenton, New Jersey. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Carol M. Highsmith [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-123456]