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Myths, Monsters, and Modern Science: Shelley’s Frankenstein Focus of Year Two MWCC Humanities Project

Like many great works of science fiction, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, explores what it means to be human in a rapidly changing world. Published nearly 200 years ago when Shelley was just 20 years old, the novel’s influence extends well beyond the literary domain into film, science and politics, making it an ideal theme for […]

MWCC’s Humanities Project Continues with Spring Events

MWCC’s Humanities Project, East Meets West in a Cabin in Concord: Walden and Beyond, continues during the spring semester with several community book discussions and a poetry reading. The events, inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, are free and open to the public. A discussion on Cal Armistead’s “Being Henry David,” will take place Wednesday, […]

MWCC Humanities Project: Being Henry David Book Discussion

MWCC’s year-long study of Henry David Thoreau continues for the spring semester with a book discussion on Cal Armistead’s “Being Henry David,” on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Gardner campus. In Armistead’s debut novel about a teen in search of himself, 17-year-old “Hank” lands at Penn Station in New York City with […]

MWCC Students Showcase Contributions to Humanities Project

Wrapping up a successful first semester of “East Meets West in a Cabin in Concord,” students showcased Thoreau-themed projects during a Dec. 4 exhibit. Funded through a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the MWCC Humanities Project’s first-year theme is encouraging students to consider the lasting relevance and modern application of Thoreau’s […]

MWCC Humanities Project Lecture on Thoreau and Nonviolence

Mount Wachusett Community College students and faculty welcomed Thoreau Society Executive Director Michael Frederick for a Humanities Project lecture on Thoreau’s influence on contemporary nonviolent reformers.  While Thoreau’s essay, “Civil Disobedience,” and guiding philosophies served as inspiration for Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick noted fundamental differences between Thoreau and his more passive disciples. […]

MWCC Humanities Project: Thoreau’s Influence on Eastern Philosophy and Nonviolence

The ongoing MWCC Humanities Project, supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant, will next welcome Thoreau Society Executive Director Michael Frederick for a lecture on Thoreau, Eastern philosophy and nonviolence. The hour-long lecture continues the project’s first year theme, “East Meets West in a Cabin in Concord: Walden and Beyond,” and will […]

MWCC Humanities Project: Thoreau’s Modern Connection to Student Debt

One author’s unconventional approach to repaying his student loans will be the focus of a Nov. 6 event for the Mount Wachusett Community College Humanities Project, supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant. Leominster Public Library will host a book discussion of Ken Ilgunas’ “Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from […]