Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 4, July/August

Around the Nation
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsARIZONA"Between Fences" is on display at Snowdrift Art Space in Winslow through August 29. Sponsored by the Winslow Historical Society, the event includes a performance by the Homolovi...
Curio
A LADIES' RUMBLEAn account, surely apocryphal, of local goings-on in the "Bingville Bugle, " a humor column that ran in the Washington Herald, found in Chronicling America, the NEH-supported online newspaper archives at the Library of Congress. From...
Found in Translation
About soldiers-turned-defendants, a novelist-turned-interpreter, and French-turned-English By Steve MoyerAlice Kaplan, French professor at Duke University, was finishing up research a few years ago about Robert Brassilach, a 35-year-old anti-Semitic...
History Unfiltered
A CONVERSATION WITH LEWIS LEHRMANArriving by train in Washington, D.C., Lewis Lehrman wore a soft old brown hat and carried one piece of luggage, a canvas duffel bag that he's owned for so long that several times his wife has sent it back to the manufacturer...
How to Get a Grant from NEH
A PUBLIC SERVICE MESSAGEIn 2007, NEH received 4,498 applications for projects ranging from documentary filmmaking to the preservation of artifacts to institutes for schoolteachers to scholarly research. Most of these applications were turned down. Is...
Impertinent Questions
James I. Porter has devoted his career to studying classics. His books explore the birth of tragedy, the role of aesthetics in Greek culture, and Greek and Roman classical traditions. After more than two decades at the University of Michigan, Porter...
In Focus: Ted Lord
TED LORD CAN POINT TO A MAP OF WASHINGTON STATE AND CONVEX WITH A SORT OF CONTAGIOUS enthusiasm, the wide-ranging impact of Humanities Washington.There are the Story Exploring family reading programs in Seattle and other urban school districts, and a...
Now You See Them
AFGHANISTAN'S TREASURES COME TO AMERICAPICK AN OBJECT ANY OBJECT, FROM THE EXHIBITION "AFGHANISTAN: HIDDEN TREASURES FROM THE NATIONAL MUSEUM, KABUL." A golden sheath for a nomad's knife, a fish-shaped flask of Roman glass, a gilded silver platter found...
Picture This
Thousands of school and public libraries in every U.S. state and territory-26,320 libraries in all-will be opening Picturing America packages this fall in time for the new academic year. The large brown cardboard boxes arriving on librarians' doorsteps...
Recovering History
The Lincoln scholar Harry V. Jaffa tells the story of happening on a paperback volume of the Lincoln-Douglas debates in a Fourth Avenue bookstore in Manhattan over half a century ago. Other than that serendipitous discovery, he could find little scholarship...
Stuffitude: Richard Rabinowitz & THE ART OF EXHIBITRY
"Take one step from the Charles, and you might find yourself in the Mekon!"This is how the associate dean at Richard Rabinowitz's graduate school replied when Rabinowitz broke the news that he was leaving Harvard to take a job as a costumed interpreter...
Sunday Filmmakers
Shooting on weekends, a team of young, Jewish filmmaker-wannabes in 1920s Berlin made a classic film-and launched several major Hollywood careers.The motion picture's dual appeal as both an art and a pastime is tied up in the camera's ability to capture...
THE CRITICAL MOMENT: Abstract Expressionism's Dueling Duo
What is art criticism today if not a muddied profession? How can we agree what criticism is if we cannot agree what art is? So the critic today contends with an unruly field Art makes unusual demands on the viewer, and art criticism makes unusual demands...