Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 4, July/August

An Hour upon the Stage
The Brief Life of the Federal TheatreWITH SIXTEEN million workers out of a job during the worst years of the Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took drastic measures: he embarked on a public works program that built 650,000 miles of roads,...
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An Imperial Intellect: Elizabeth's Legacy 400 Years Later
HER MIND HAS NO WOMANLY WEAKNESS," ONE OF her teachers said. "Her perseverance is equal to that of a man, and her memory long keeps what it quickly picks up."She was an independent woman in a world dominated and defined by men. How Elizabeth I of England...
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Around the Nation: State by State
A ROUNDUP OF ACTIVITIES SPONSORED BY THE STATE HUMANITIES COUNCILSCOLORADO"America's Wild Ride: From Hot Jazz to Cold Soup," is the theme of this year's High Plains Chautauqua, August 6 through 9 at Aims Community College and other locations around Greeley....
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Chasing Beauty
NEH Chairman Bruce Cole talked recently with writer Meryle Secrest about the nature of biography.Secrest has written about a number of figures in American culture, among them Romaine Brooks,Bernard Berenson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Leonard Bernstein, and...
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Editor's Note: Elizabeth 400 Years Later
"I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and a king of England too."These were Elizabeth's words at Tilbury as she rallied the troops facing the Spanish Armada in 1588. She had been their queen for...
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Fragments of Childhood Growing Up in Ancient Greece
IN THE GREEK MYTH OF HERCULES, the story's hero demonstrates his superhuman strength and skill even as an infant, strangling snakes sent to his crib by Hera, who was jealous of Zeus's affair with a mortal woman. In another myth, the baby Perseus is put...
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In the Queen's Court
A sampler of NEH-funded projects.Ben Jonson's The AlchemistWilliam Sherman received a fellowship to edit one section of the six-volume Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson. The edition will contain Jonson's complete prose, verse, and drama works...
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Ordinary Heroes: Founders of Our Republic
I have been invited to speak on Heroes of History, a subject about which it is very easy for professional historians to be cynical. And that is a great mistake because there are a great many genuine heroes in American history, starting at the very beginning...
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Shakespeare out Loud! Freeing Macbeth from the Page
"THE WAY TO REALLY GRASP SHAKESPEARE is to get up and do it," says Mary Hartman. "Technology affords us the opportunity to make it easier, but at heart it's just getting up and doing it."Hartman is director of education for Shakespeare & Company,...
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The Inaugural Heroes of History Lecture
The first Heroes of History lecture Look place May 1 as part of a White House forum on American history, civics, and service called We the People at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The event included the awarding of scholarships...
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The Man Who Caused the Mars Panic
Orson Welles, enfant terrible of the Federal Theatre, left when the government blocked his 1936 production of Cradle Will Rock. He took with him his co-director, John Houseman, and the two formed the Mercury Theatre.In its first year of operations, the...
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The Winged Sandals of Technology
The Perseus project sheds light on the origins of an old debate.ONLINE AT THE PERSEUS DIGITAL Library of Greek and Roman Culture, students can read English translations of the plays of Euripides, or the history of Thucydides, or view a 2500-year-old...
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We the People
CENTER ON RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY at the University of Virginia will script a three-part television series that explores democracy in the United States and abroad through Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America.COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY will finish...
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Word of Mouth
During the Depression, when a farm was foreclosed in Fulton County, Ohio, the bank held penny auctions. They soon acquired another name-pitchfork auctions.Neighbors would gather to bid on a cow or a hog or a plow. If an outsider tried to buy something...
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