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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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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

All events are free and open to the public

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]