Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 3, May/June

A Lens on Russia's North
FOR NEARLY TWENTY YEARS, WILLIAM C. BRUMFIELD has been venturing into Russia to capture its history as told by its architecture. Recently his photographic odyssey took him to Arkhangelsk Province, whose landscape is studded with neglected wooden churches...
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A Living Heritage-The Alutiiq Story
PICTURE YOURSELF on a shore with the tide beginning to fall, says Roy Madsen, an Alutiiq in Kodiak, Alaska. "You gaze into the dear waters of the stream at the multicolored stones in its bed, and at the bits of seaweed and twigs that are being carried...
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All the World's a Frontier
AN EXPERT CAST OF INTERNATIONAL frontiersmen accompanied Buffalo Bill's Wild West in the summer of 1891-Mexican vaqueros, Arab horsemen, and Cossacks from the Russian frontier. Buffalo Bill Cody would later add Argentinean gauchos, Boers, and even Canadian...
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Editor's Note: Remnants of Empire
The arrival of the Russians was memorable for Kodiak Islanders. Arsenti Arminak, just a boy at the time, tells the story. "When we saw the ship far off, we believed it was a giant whale and curiosity drove us to examine it more closely." Those aboard...
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Fleeing Revolution
In the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its civil war, thousands fled, many making their way to China. There they found refuge for a while, only to be forced into a second mass exodus by the Chinese Communists. The stories they tell are documented in a...
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In the Mouth of the Crocodile
Mummified crocodiles yield lost lines of Sophocles, some Pindar odes, and letters from everyday life. A hundred years ago, digging for mummies in the Fayum basin of Egypt, a workman unearthed the leathery body of a crocodile. "He pulled it out of the...
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On the Trail of Lost Art
WILLIAM R.FERRIS: Most art historians are primarily interested in the history of art, the materials of art, or interpreting art, but in your book, The Rape of Europa, provenance is the subject. How did you get interested in art provenance? LYNN H. NICHOLAS:...
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Partnerships
JEFFERSON LECTURE An overflow crowd of 2,500 heard playwright Arthur Miller deliver the thirtieth annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on March 26 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. $2.5 MILLION GIFT The largest private gift given the National...
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State by State
ALABAMA Since 1991, the Alabama Humanities Foundation has taken a leading role in the professional development of the state's secondary school teachers. Its SUPER program (School and University Partners for Educational Renewal), brings together scholars...
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Way We Protect the Past
"We confront the danger of historical amnesia," said last year's Jefferson Lecturer, James M. McPherson. He was referring to the toll that time, temperature, and neglect can have on artifacts that tell the human story. From microfilming brittle books...
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