A former English professor of Randolph-Macon Women’s College, VFH Board Member Carolyn Bell shares that her experiences as a teacher cultivated an awareness of a responsibility to the culture and history of her students.
Carolyn first encountered the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities as a volunteer for the Virginia Women’s Cultural History project, and later as a grant applicant for two Lynchburg non-profits – the Legacy Museum and the Old City Cemetery. It is through these encounters with VFH, Carolyn explains, that she deepened her connections to the city of Lynchburg.
Recently, Carolyn sat down with Elliot Majerczyk in our radio studio, and described how the humanities cultivates community connections.
The humanities tell us stories about ourselves and tell us stories about each other … [The humanities] help us to see ourselves in people that may be strange to us and vice versa.
I like that framed image in the reception hall that says “humanities are our human ties.” I think that really captures it because it reminds us of how we’re connected, of how our past bears down on us and affects our connections with each other.