Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 6, November/December

All in the Family
How do you revive a language that no one has spoken in 150 years? Ask Jessie Little Doe Baird, who, along with archaeologist Shannon Lee Dawdy, are two NEH grant recipients to receive the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship this year.Baird founded the Wôpanâak...
Around the Nation
A Round up of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsARIZONAJudy Nolte Temple presents "Family Secrets: The Uneasy Tradition of Diarists and Their Readers" at Arizona State Library's Carnegie Center in Phoenix on December 9.Author and geologist...
Black Swan RISING
There were some exceptions, but even these tended to fall only within restrictive racial stereotypes (such as the "humorous" recordings of George Washington Johnson or Bert Williams, or the religious singing of the Fisk Jubilee Singers). They had little...
Calendar
Endowment-Supported Events"Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and its Diasporas" will be exhibited at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University through January 2, 2011. Meaning "Mother Water," Mami Wata appears...
Comics and the Classical Tradition
WASHINGTON AT THE MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART IN Goldendale, Washington, the same museum that houses Rodin's The Thinker and objects d'art from the palaces of the Queen Marie of Romania, visitors can view images depicting a Victorian-era robot who fights...
Impertinent Questions
For this issue of IQ1 we browse the stacks of a bygone era. In Books As Weapons; Propaganda, Publishing, and the Battle for Global Markets in the Era of World War i (Cornell, 20 1 0)1 NEH fellow John B. Hench shows how books helped promote the Allied...
In Focus: Ohio's Gale Peterson
GALE PETERSON'S PLAN TO TEACH HIGH SCHOOL history had one fatal flaw. Not his B. 5. in History and Government from Iowa State University. Not his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Maryland. Not his work as a researcher for the Smithsonian...
Mark Twain in Music
MISSOURI MARK TWAIN CAME IN AND WENT OUT WITH HALLEY1S Comet. 2010 is his 175th birthday and also the 100th anniversary of his death, the magic year when Twain's memoirs are being released from their century of silence.Also being released this year is...
Mon Dieu!
"The issue of keeping the French language alive in Louisiana," says Dana Kress, a professor at Centenary College in Shreveport, "is always accompanied with great wailing, much pulling of hair, and feverish wringing of hands." A smiling head shot accompanies...
Poetry Speaks
"Voice registers the weird sexiness of reading poetry, the illusion it enables of a private tryst between author and reader." So says Lesley Wheeler, an English professor at Washington and Lee University, where she has had her students don Japanese garb...
Schools for the South
SOUTH CAROLINA IN 1912, BOOKER T. WASHINGTON WROTE to Julius Rosenwald about the sorry state of Southern black education: "Many of the places in the South where the schools are now taught are as bad as stables, and it is impossible for the teacher to...
The First DISSENTERS
GEORGE MASON WAS NOT a dissident by nature. A builder, not a naysayer, he was the man who drafted Virginia's first state constitution, and the powerfully influential Declaration of Rights Virginia enacted in early June of 1776, whose affirmation that...
The Gorey Details
HAWAI'IA is for AMY who fell down the stairsB is for BASIL assaulted by bearsC is for CLARA who wasted awayD is for DESMOND thrown out of a sleigh . . .- The Gnshlycrumb TiniesIN EDWARD GOREY'S WHIMSICAL WORLD, ELEGANTLY dressed Edwardian men and women...
The Man Who Came in Second
How John Breckinridge and the Democratic Party lost the 1860 presidential electionThe 1860 election that made Abraham Lincoln president is sometimes recalled as the ultimate showdown between two politicians - Lincoln and Stephen Douglas - whose dueling...
Why Paris?
Two neighborhoods - Montmartre and Montparnasse - helped shape Picasso and a generation of innovators.LET'S DISPENSE WITH THE ROMANCE OF PARIS. A century ago, the City of Light was a city of lice for the artists who carved out their reputations there....
World Beaters
In the early days of basketball, the girls from the Fort Shaw Indian School took on all comers.Tip-off for the second basketball game in a best- of- three series between the young ladies from Fort Shaw Indian School and the St. Louis All-Stars was scheduled...
Worshipped Plundered Digitized
The Buddhist Caves of XiangtangshanIT'S EASY ENOUGH TO WANDER through the Asian art wing of a large museum and skim over the fine print. Especially for those of us who have long since forgotten the details once memorized during early-morning undergraduate...

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