Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 5, September/October

Abdul Rahman: PRINCE AMONG SLAVES
AS THE SMALL MOTORBOAT approached the Sultana, a dozen people aboard the schooner turned and began waving their arms frantically. "Cut your engines," commanded a voice from a walkie-talkie. The motorboat's twenty-first century sound was marring the illusion...
A NEW VISUAL LANGUAGE: MODERNISTS of the American West
IN THE OPENING DECADES OF THE 1900s, the nation was gaining cultural independence. American artists were creating a new visual language bom of the American experience.Many of these painters and photographers went west in their search for an authentic...
A Revolutionary Weekend IN DELAWARE
ON THE TWO HUNDRED AND twenty-fifth anniversary of the decisive battle of the Revolutionary War, the Delaware Humanities Forum is sponsoring a series of events to commemorate the trek made by the Franco-American forces of George Washington and the Comte...
A Roundup of Activities
Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsCALIFORNIAA conference on the relocation of Italian Americans from Humboldt County during World War Il will take place at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka on October 6. The conference will also examine a 1944...
Beyond SAN SIMEON
Architect JULIA MORGAN"If William Randolph Hearst had sent to central casting for an architect to design and build his castle in San Simeon, he couldn't have chosen any better than Julia Morgan,"says archivist Nancy Loe. "She was a civil engineer, had...
Clemente across the Country
EIGHT OTHER state humanities councils currently fund college courses for low-income adults in their states. The Illinois Humanities Council has offered Clemente courses since 2000. This year, two courses-one in Spanish and one in English-will be taught...
From Poverty to Plato
LISA DEHERRERA ARRIVES FOR CLASS A FEW MINUTES LATE, a little breathless, her black spiked hair askew. Lisa has just come from her job at a medical supply warehouse running a forklift, the third job she's had since spending five years in a state prison...
Hunting for Treasure
They arrived in strange ways. A clay pot from the sixth millennium B.C.E. turned up inside a trash bag. A copper statue from 2250 B.C.E. was pulled from a cesspool behind a Baghdad warehouse.One by one, the treasures of Iraq, looted from its museums...
In Focus: Deborah Watrous: Building Community
"MUSIC IS A SYMBOLIC LANGUAGE. The text for vocal music really interprets that abstract sound, kind of like a wonderful book does," says Deborah Watrous, director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council.A former opera singer, Watrous has changed her...
Learning Somali IN MINNESOTA
MINNESOTA'S SOMALIS MAINTAIN A VIBRANT PRESENCE IN MINNEAPOLIS, CARVING OUTA space for their clothing, music, and tastes. Area grocers advertise halal meats and imported foods, and the Somali-run commercial district known as "Little Mogadishu" is never...
Preparing for the Worst
"THE PAST IS NEVER DEAD," William Faulkner wrote of the South. "It's not even past." When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, the loss of family heirlooms and historical artifacts was more difficult for some than the destruction of real estate and...
Season of Dashed Hopes
By 1852, the average daily yield for placer miners was less than a third of what it had been in 1848-just $6, down from a high of $20 in the year following the gold discovery. Frustrated miners were sure the decline was even steeper.In 1851, A. W. Genung...
The Boom Heard Round the World
LIKE MANY WHO MADE THE PERILOUS JOURNEY TO CALIFORNIA IN 1849, HIRAM PIERCE HOPED TO STRIKE IT RICH.By the time the blacksmith from Troy, New York, arrived in California on July 26, he had traveled by ship to Panama and trudged twenty-four miles across...
The Home as History
FOR FIFTY YEARS, THOMAS JEFFERSON and James Madison were the closest of political allies and friends. Jefferson, who according to his Federalist opponents was the "generalissimo" to Madison's "general," supplied the vision while Madison served as tactician....
Treasure Hunting in Baghdad
A CONVERSATION WITH MATTHEW BOGDANOSBRUCE COLE: We're proud to have you among the recipients of National Humanities medals. You don't seem to fit the mold. You're a D.A., you're a marine, you're an amateur boxer, you're a classicist. How did that all...
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