Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 3, May/June

Allies + Friends
{THE SECOND WASHINGTON CONFERENCE}IN MID-JUNE 1942, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER WINSTON CHURCHILL WAS GROWING CONCERNED ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF ALLIED STRATEGYWITH GOOD REASON. THE EASTERN FRONT HADTURNED INTO A SLAUGHTERHOUSE, AND IT WASN'T CLEAR HOW LONG...
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Around the Nation
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsARIZONAThe University of Arizona's Center for Latin American Studies hosts a screening and discussion of Farmingville at the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center in Tucson on May 11.The Mohave...
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A Tale of Two Brothers
SOUTH DAKOTA "DEAR UNFORGETTABLE brother Knut A. Stavig . . . America is good for everyone," wrote Lars Stavig in 1881 from Minnesota to his half brother in Norway. Five years earlier, Lars, his wife Maren, and their three young sons had left their small...
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Calendar
May/JuneENDOWMENT-SUPPORTFD EVENTSAfter the Civil War, the Piedmont region of the Carolinas was transformed into the country's textile leader. Today it is the nation's second-largest banking center. "Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Charlotte and the Carolina...
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Composing the Prairie
IOWA CREATIVE, TEMPERAMENTAL, AND NOTORIOUSLY exacting, Jens Jensen demanded perfection for any landscape he created. In the early 1900s, while working for Chicago's West Parks District, he designed a prairie rapid and waterfall for the Garfield Park...
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Curio
LIBERATING EXPERIENCEIn early December last year when Jackson Browne came off tour, he made a beeline for Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. After tuning his guitar with some difficulty in the misty late-fall conditions, he performed for the Occupiers,...
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Editor's Note
Wendell Berry might be described as a gentleman farmer. He is a gentleman, after all, and much of his work is dedicated to the public good. Plus, he lives on a farm along the Kentucky River. Exploring his life, career, and beliefs, NEH Chairman Jim Leach...
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Excerpts from the Writings of Wendell Berry
ON WORKA passage from "Economy and Pleasure"I WAS FORTUNATE, LATE IN HIS LIFE, to know Henry Besuden of Clark County, Kentucky, the premier Southdown sheep breeder and one of the great farmers of his time. He told me once that his first morning duty...
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Impertinent Questions WITH CARLA L. PETERSON
For this edition of IQ, we're stepping back more than one hundred fifty years to meet Manhattan's African-American community. Carla L. Peterson, professor of English at the University of Maryland, wrote black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans...
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In Focus Maggie Coval of Colorado
"FOR ME. THE HUMANITIES START WITH THE SHARING OF STORIES ABOUT THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE - some bit of shared history or understanding or value that can serve as a stepping-off point for a conversation," says Maggie Covai. During her thirty years at Colorado...
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Lafcadio HEARN in New Orleans
In 1869, an odd little man named Lafcadio Hearn traveled from England to America, the latest stop on a continuing Odyssey to find a place he could call home.Visually impaired by a childhood accident and a colorful eccentric throughout his life, Hearn...
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Life on the Ranch
KANSAS SOME OF THE IMAGES THAT HAVE MOST influenced our idea of the old West were taken by a photographer who is almost completely unknown. Francis Marion Steele was a frontier photographer who traveled the Southwest Plains at the turn of the century,...
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Parlor Politics the Activist Legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe
SHE was a famous activist in her day, arguably the most famous in the world, but do Harriet Beecher Stowe's causes still retain any relevance for a twenty-first-century America?Katherine Kane, executive director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in...
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The Thing (or Things) about Wendell Berry
An Appreciation by Mark BittmanTHAT WENDELL BERRY IS AN ANOMALY IS OBVIOUS TO ALMOST EVERYONE who's heard of him. That he is a hero, even an icon to some, is maybe saying something. I know of no one who so combines the qualities of being literate and...
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Underwater Clues
FLORIDA RESTING ON A SHALLOW SANDBAR. NOT FAR from where the Bayou Texar drains into Pensacola Bay, are two of Florida's oldest shipwrecks. Archaeologists refer to them, for the site of their discovery, as Emanuel Point 1 and 2. The first is something...
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WENDELL BERRY Landsman
On a damp Sunday afternoon in January, NEH Chairman Jim Leach traveled to Kentucky to meet and interview the poet, novelist, and essayist Wendell Berry, who is delivering this year's Jefferson Lecture, the federal government's highest honor for achievement...
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