Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 6, November/December

A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities Councils
HAWAI'IThe Kumu Kahua Theater in Honolulu will conduct a series of public events examining the cultural legacies that have shaped Hawaiian identity. "The Meaning of Japanese Ghost Tales (Obake)" will be held on November 4, followed by "The Meaning of...
Caruso's Debut
A love affair between the public and a high-spirited tenor began a hundred years ago when Americans first heard Enrico Caruso sing at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. His audience's devotion would make Caruso a millionaire and the most...
Churchill's: Sneak Preview
In 1953, General George C. Marshall became the first military man to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, awarded for his efforts to rebuild Europe after World War II. During the war, his duties were of a different nature-they were about winning the war,...
Direct from the Front
Walking the Line between the Media and the MilitaryTHE WAR CORRESPONDENT is a romantic figure, the subject of books and movies, circling the globe, braving the thick of the fighting, sending back dispatches from the front. "War has a kind of mythic quality,"...
Dvorak in America: Finding a New Voice
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AFTER Antonin Dvorak's death, students are discovering the story of the composer who changed classical music in America. With a new book and multimedia DVD-ROM, they will learn about Dvorak and how he was influenced by Henry Wadsworth...
Editor's Note
OUR HISTORY IN NEWSPAPERS"Here and there through the smoke, creeping warily under the shadows of tottering walls, emerged occasional men and women," Jack London wrote. "It was like the meeting of the handful of survivors after the day of the end of the...
In Focus: Jillette Leon-Guerrero
FOR THE PAST YEAR, PEOPLE IN GUAM have struggled to rebuild wrecked homes and a shattered economy. The North Pacific island, less than one-sixth the size of the state of Rhode Island, lies in what residents call "Typhoon Alley." Last December, Supertyphoon...
Ordinary Virtues: Cultivating Our Civic Life
Bruce Cole is the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This article is adapted from a speech given before the National Citizen Corps Conference in Washington, D.C.ALL OF US ARE the inheritors of a great American tradition of voluntary...
Pig Keepers, Bone Boilers, and the Story of Central Park
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFFY YFARS AGO THE PLAN FOR A PARK IN THE MIDDLE OF MANHATTAN WAS DEVISED. IT WOULD TAKE TWENTY YEARS, MUCH DEBATE, AND THE REMOVAL OF THE LAND'S INHABITANTS BEFORE OLMSTED AND VAUX'S DESIGNS WERE FULEILLED AND CENTRAL PARK OFFICIALLY...
Remember the Women
"Every woman who succeeds creates confidence," wrote Eleanor Roosevelt for Home Magazine in 1932 as she made the case for women to serve in government. At the time, six women were serving in Congress, including Roosevelt's good friend Ruth Bryan Owen.The...
The Art of MESTIZAJE: Fusion in LATIN AMERICA
IN A PAINTING OF A CORPUS CHRISTI procession in Peru, descendants of Incan royalty wear native regalia and parade with Catholic saints. Korikancha Temple in Cuzco, once dedicated to the worship of the sun, the gods of thunder, and Incan rulers, is a...
"The Earth Shook, the Sky Burned"
The newspaper in American lifeBEFORE DAWN on April 19, 1906, the city of San Francisco woke to a series of explosions and a tremendous rumbling. In less than a minute, the earthquake set in motion the worst natural disaster the nation has ever experienced.Fire...
The Soul of a Free Man
Joussanint-LouvertureA slave narrative tells the story of France s defeat in Haiti 200 years ago.TOUSSAINT-LOUVERTURE HAD BEEN A GENERAL for two years when he experienced a vision. On a hill in Haiti in 1793, a black Madonna appeared before him on a...
We the People
Chautauquas, lectures, and other public programs about the Corps of Discovery will be held in rural communities throughout Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska as part of the bicentennial of the Lewis and tlark expedition. The project is one of twenty-nine...

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