Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 3, May/June

An Appreciation: A Historian's Historian
"WAR IS TERRIBLE AND YET WE LOVE IT/' wrote Drew Gilpin Faust in 2004 "War is, by its very definition, a story. War imposes an orderly narrative on what without its definition of purpose and structure would be simply violence. We as writers create that...
Around the Nation
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsALABAMAThe Smithsonian traveling exhibition "Journey Stories" is on display at the Bankhead House and Heritage Center in Jasper June 25-Aug. 7.ARIZONA"Key Ingrethents: America by Food"...
California's Cold War Museum
An Exceptional Look @ Everyday Life at the Wende MuseumTHE COMMUNIST CROWD SHOT WAS A STANDBY OF Cold War-era newspapers, newsreels, and television broadcasts. Always in contrast to the iconography of Western individualism. East Europeans appeared as...
Curio
CITYDESKRenaissance diarist Marin Sanudo's political ambitions nearly truncated his accomplishment as a daily recorder of events in what was arguably the world's most powerful and dynamic city of the day, Venice. His political career never took off,...
Editor's Note
How is it that our culture has studied and written and published large libraries' worth of new books on the Civil War, and yet reading Drew Gilpin Faust, this year's Jefferson Lecturer, is like discovering untrodden territory? Her books range from the...
Excerpts from the Writings of Drew Gilpin Faust
Primary Sources"I felt very much that I lived in history," Drew Gilpin Faust told NEH Chairman Jim Leach in an interview with HUMANITIES. In this essay, a longer version of which appeared in Harvard Magazine, Faust cast her professional historian's eye...
Ex Libris
BOOKS PUBLISHED RECENTLY WITH NEH SUPPORTAWARD WINNERSAMERICAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION. Best fìrst book in the history of religion. Novetzke, Christian Lee. Religion and Public Memory: A Cultural History of Saint Namdev in India New York: Columbia University...
FREEDOM RIDERS Telling 436 Stories in One Documentary
I HUNDREDS OF MUG SHOTS, SIDE BY SIDE, row by row, fill a movie screen over and over again; young faces, some still in high school, beaten and arrested because they dared to ride a bus or step into a terminal. There was Joan Trumpauêr, a nineteen-year-old...
Handcraft History
OHIO AUCTIONEER AND APPRAISER ANDREW RICHMOND owns "just about every book written on the decorative arts in America west of Philadelphia." The entire collection takes up only two feet of shelf space."If you had a similar collection about the decorative...
Impertinent Questions WITH LEWIS HYDE
Lewis Hyde answers our Impertinent Questions about property, the language thereof, and what the Founders thought about copyrights and patents. Hyde is a professor of creative writing at Kenyon College and a faculty associate at Harvard's Berkman Center...
Milton and the Cultures of Print
NEW JERSEY UNDER THE PORTRAIT frontispiece of the 1688 edition of Paradise Lost lies a powerful endorsement from England's poet laureate, John Dryden: John Milton's masterpiece had surpassed all former epics by combining the "loftiness of thought" of...
Oyster Wars
MARYLAND IN 1884, MARYLAND WATERMEN HAULED fifteen million bushels of oysters out of the Chesapeake Bay. The slippery little bivalves once deemed only suitable for the poor man's pot had grown so popular in the years after the Civil War, they "created...
Personal History
DREW GILPIN FAUSTDaughter of the South, President of HarvardPRESIDENT DREW FAUST OF HARVARD University is this year's Jefferson Lecturer, the fortieth recipient of this honor, the highest award in the humanities bestowed by the United States government....
The Swamp Doctor
FLORIDA A DOCTOR PRACTICING IN THE EVERGLADES in the early twentieth century would have to "know how to change tires quickly at 4 a.m. and in the freezing rain; set a fractured femur with a piece of string and a flatiron ... ; drive through ten miles...
This Land Is Our Land
THE POPULAR FRONT AND AMERICAN CULTUREConsider the words and images of the Great Depression that, alongside speeches by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, remain icons more than eighty years after the long slump began. "Once I built a railroad, / Made...