Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 4, July/August

A Prison Debate
MASSACHUSETTS ROY SHURGER JR. DIDN'T KNOW what to think. When he picked up the phone one day last year, a young man named Adam Bright was on the line, asking if Shurger had been on a debate team in his youth.Shurger paused, welling with emotion, not...
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Around the Nation
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsARIZONAUopi Summer: Letters from Ethel to Maud, this year's OneBookAZ selection, will be discussed at the Prescott Public Library on July 20 and the Scottsdale Public Library on July 27.Road...
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A Texas-Sized Renovation
Was the heart of an elegant home still beating inside this faux-Modernist office buildingBURIED TREASURE IN AUSTINOn a sunny spring day in March 2005, Humanities Texas director Michael Gillette strode up the steps of the Texas Oil building in Austin,...
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Badger Boys in Blue
WISCONSIN THE STATE OF WISCONSIN WAS ONLY THIRTEEN years old when the first mortar round was fired on Fort Sumter in April 1861, but its action three years earlier as one of eight states to pass personal liberty laws placed it squarely in the middle...
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Calendar: Endowment-Supported Events
Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation," organized by the Minnesota Historical Society, runs through August 11 at the Idaho State Historical Museum in Boise. Oral histories, consumer artifacts, and period photos piece together a mosaic...
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Curio
CAPITAL GALNSAdolf Cluss lived through revolutionary times, first in his native Heilbronn in southwest Germany, where as a young man he got swept up in the popular uprisings of 1848, and then in Washington, D.C, where he became a force to be reckoned...
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Editor's Note
In this issue we take in the legacies of two celebrated Americans, whose love of country was profoundly qualified. Robert E. Lee, proud Virginian and American soldier, fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. And Henry James, the great novelist,...
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Everything Is Divine in Bali
ON TWO STREAKED AND FADED PANELS, the painted figures, possibly Rama and Sita from the Hindu epic Ramaya7ia, float like ghostly apparitions. The wooden carving, too, shows signs of age, worn smooth in places. Time, sunlight, and weather have done their...
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Fire on the Walls the Work of Alexandre Hogue
TEXAS THAT WHICH IS TRULY NEW SOMETIMES COMES IN the guise of thé usual. If one doubts this premise, all that's needed is a look at Alexandre Hogue's landscapes, on view through August 20 at the Grace Museum in Abilene with support of Humanities Texas....
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HENRY JAMES and the AMERICAN IDEA
Of the many contributors who supported and found support from the Atlantic Monthly, Henry James stands apart. James, who came into his own in the pages of the magazine, published stories, reviews, and novels through half a century - and with the Atlantic...
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How Did Robert E. Lee Become an American Icon?
AFTER PRESIDENT Dwight D. Eisenhower revealed on national television that one of the four "great Americans" whose pictures hung in his office was none other than Robert E. Lee, a thoroughly perplexed New York dentist reminded him that Lee had devoted...
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Impertinent Questions WITH DEBORAH HARKNESS
As a historian of science and medicine, Deborah Harkness has traced how knowledge of the natural world has made its way from medieval universities to Renaissance courts, and into Enlightenment treatises, I ? John Dee's Conversations with Ange/s: Cabala,...
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In Focus: Paul Austin of Arkansas
HISTORY HAS A WAY OF FORGETTING THINGS, of losing knowledge as time passes. Paul Austin says that part of his job. as the executive director of the Arkansas Humanities Council, a position he has held since 2008, is to promote the fullness of Arkansas...
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Noteworthy
SAVE THE DATA!With help from an NEH Digital Startup Grant, Dartmouth College's Tiltfactor Laboratory has developed two experimental digital games in which players provide information tags for archival images in the college's Rauner Special Collections...
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Sultans of Swag
On The Gift, Lewis Hyde's classic 1983 study of the anthropological intricacies of gift-giving, the author equates this fundamentally social act with the very art-making, asserting that our connection to the constantly renewed waters of creativity is...
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The Well-Wrought Textbook
A look back at Brooks and Warren's college classic, Understanding PoetryIN 1938, THE MOST IMPORTANT LITERATURE textbook of the twentieth century was published. By the the second edition, it had been adopted by more than 250 colleges and universities....
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