Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, March/April

Around the Nation: State by State
A ROUNDUP OF ACTIVITIES OF STATE HUMANITIES COUNCILS AROUND THE COUNTRY DURING MARCH AND APRIL. ARIZONA The first Arizona Book Festival will be held April 4 at Margaret T. Hance Deck Park in Phoenix. Authors, chautauqua performers, book dealers, and...
Dissident in Indonesia: Visiting Pak Pram
FOR FOURTEEN YEARS, from 1965 to 1979, Pramoedya Anata Toer was imprisoned without trial by the Indonesian government, enduring the brutal conditions of a remote island penitentiary. There, denied writing materials, Pramoedya orally composed This Earth...
Editor's Note: Bernard Bailyn
By Bernard Bailyn's definition, the study of history is never a science, always a craft-and sometimes an art. Winner of two Pulitzer prizes in history, Bailyn is this year's Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities, the highest honor the federal government...
Encountering Bernard Bailyn
When I entered graduate school in the history department at Harvard in 1969, I knew almost nothing about Bernard Bailyn, nor was I interested in the field of early American history that he taught. The fact that his study of The Ideological Origins of...
Excerpts from the Writings of Bernard Bailyn
A HISTORIAN'S IMPERFECTIONS I am not concerned with anything abstract, with anything that might be called the philosophy of history, nor with such fashionable topics as history as fiction or any of the postmodern theories. I am concerned with one of...
Georgia Church Becomes Museum
The windows of the Old Mount Zion Church have been boarded up for more than twenty years. The congregation has moved, and the church has stood as an empty memorial to the Civil Rights Movement that had its early beginnings in Albany, Georgia. Within...
Not the Man in the Gilbert Portrait
A New Exhibition on George Washington My movements to the chair of Government," wrote George Washington to Henry Knox in April 1789, "will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution." The very...
The Past Is Unpredictable
Historian Bernard Bailyn, who has been chosen as the 1998 Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities, spoke recentlywith editor Mary Lou Beatty about American history-how it is taught, how it is written, and how it fits into a larger transatlantic context....
The Rallying Cry
NEW BOOK BY ERIC FONER, THE STORY OF AMERICAN FREEDOM, DESCRIBES HOW THE CONCEPT OF LIBERTY GAINED NEW DIMENSIONS NN COLONIAL AMERICA. American freedom was born in revolution. Liberty, of course, did not suddenly enter American vocabulary in 1776; indeed,...
Women in Combat
In recent years an unlikely population has been rediscovered-Soviet women combat veterans. Great losses of Soviet men during World War II made women in the military essential. Their numbers reached nearly one million, in which a few were directly involved...
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