Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 4, July/August

A Roundup of Activities
Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsALABAMA"Prisms of Place: Alabama's Black Belt" will be held at Auburn University from July 16 through 22. The weeklong teacher institute will focus on the region named for its fertile black soil. Participants...
Cataloging the Cradle of Civilization
THE FIRST KNOWN DEPICTION OF A HUMAN FACE IN STONE ... A vase documenting the daily tasks that defined activity as people built a future in the Fertile Crescent. . . Towering walls that heralded the end of rootless wanderings and the beginning of urban...
East and West at Arm's Length
A Coversation with Bernard LewisNational Endowment Chairman Bruce Cole talked recently with Bernard Lewis, the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University.A scholar on the history of Islam, Lewis has written...
Editor's Note
A DIALOG OF CIVILIZATIONS"There have been many civilizations in the world and the normal practice of civilizations has been to dismiss with contempt those outside," historian Bernard Lewis observes. "The world is divided into civilized people-that means...
Gilded Splendor: A NOMADIC TRIBE CREATES A DYNASTY
GENGHIS KHAN AND HIS GRANDSON Kublai Khan were not the first northern invaders to penetrate the Great Wall of China and forge an empire. In the twelfth century, a people called the Liao controlled steppe, oasis, and sea routes of the Silk Road and conducted...
In Focus: Arizona's Julie Yoder
BEFORE MOVING TO ARIZONA in 1985, Julie Yoder tried her hand at many occupations. She was a high school teacher and administrator in California, she worked for a time in publishing, and she worked in Europe for seven years as a teacher of English as...
"It IS Who We Are"
Music from the National Folk FestivalAMERICAN MUSIC takes many forms-the plucking of banjos and bowing of fiddles from Appalachia, the steady beat of the blues from the Mississippi Delta, the chanting of American Indians from the Great Plains. "It is...
Life at Los Alamos
LOS ALAMOS WAS AN ARMY camp-but it also had many of the characteristics of a mountain resort. Just before arriving, Robert Wilson had finished reading Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, and sometimes felt as if he had been transported to that magical...
Making META Connections
THE NORTHWEST DIGITAL ARCHIVES IS FOUNDED ON AN EGALITARIAN NOTION: to make a region's archival resources available to all.It involves nineteen institutions that hold more than eight million photographs and 320,000 feet of manuscripts and materials....
New Old-Time Chautauqua
IN JULY OF 1891. MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED pioneers traveled by horse and buggy to Madison, South Dakota, to the newly built Chautauqua site. The grounds contained a hotel, auditonum, boat and bathhouse, dining hall, several bams, and room for three hundred...
Noteworthy
NEW COUNCIL MEMBERSTwo new members have joined the National Council on the Humanities, the twenty-six-member board appointed by the President that advises the chairman of NEH.Jean Bethke Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and...
The Race for the Bomb
THE RACE FOR THE ATOMIC BOMB HAD BEGUN more or less as a straggle. Committees of scientists did studies and wrote reports. But it was not until the spring of 1941, more than two years after the discovery of nuclear fission in Germany, that Otto Frisch...
Woody Guthrie: A Hard Travelin' Man
"Any song that makes you think you're born to lose, bound to lose, no good to nobody, songs that run you down or poke fun at you because of your bad luck or hard travelin', I'm out to fight these songs to my very last breath of air, to my last drop of...
Zap! Pow! Bam!
WHEN DIRE TIMES CALLED FOR NEW HEROESAS HARD TIMES RAVAGED the United States in the 1930s, an invincible figure came to buoy American spirits. His name was Superman.The new superhero was a creation of Detective Comics's line of Action Comics. Batman...

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