Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 6, November/December

Around the Nation
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsARIZONAOn Nov. 13 Arizona State University hosts a public forum in Glendale on "Civil Discourse Through Public Debate: Religious Diversity."The Arizona Women's Hall of Fame holds its induction...
Birthday Party Brouhaha
Mark Twain's infamous toastTHE MOST MEMORABLE EVENT FOR Mark Twain in 1877 should have been his second visit to Bermuda, this time in the welcome company of his "pastor" Joe Twichell. Twain had made a brief first visit there a decade earlier at the tail...
Curio
PLUSÇA CHANGE . . ."Promises," from The Exchange Artist by lane Kamensky, copyright In/ iatte Kamensky. Used by permission by Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Group (USA).BEFORE THE EIGHTEENTH century, speculator meant roughly the same thing as...
Editor's Note
Cue the tango music, because this issue of Humanities magazine is all about passion, that often celebrated but most unruly element of human character. We as a culture seem to like passion these days. It smacks of creativity and expressiveness, a bringing...
Endowment-Supported Events Calendar November/December
The "artquake" begun in London in the early twentieth century by a small group of avant-garde painters and writers, including artist and critic Roger Fry, continually challenged conventional wisdom. "A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American...
Impertinent Questions with Brad Gooch
Having chronicled the life of New York poet Frank O'Hara, Brad Gooch has turned his attention to Flannery O'Connor, whose A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories electrified the 1950s literary scene. Gooch's biography of the Southern short-story...
In Focus: Judith Winzeler: Making History with Chautauqua
WHEN PEOPLE ASK JUDITH WINZELER, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of Nevada Humanities, what her organization does, Winzeler usually asks if they've heard of the Great Basin Chautauqua.Of course, they say. That's where people dress up and pretend they're Thomas...
Kimzha: Down South in the Russian North
ON THE UPPER REACHES OF THE MEZEN RIVER, IN NORTHEAST Arkhangelsk province of Russia, one encounters pockets of population that seem to exist in another time. Among them is Kimzha, one of the most distinctive villages I have seen in many years of travel...
Leading Lady
COINCIDENTALLY, MR. AND MRS. SAUNDERS, in separate interviews, both recalled the old line about what's behind every great man. A great woman is the usual answer.Jordan, however, gave it the flavor of drawing room farce. "Behind every successful man is...
The Cone of Africa . . . Took Shape in Lisbon
The year that Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic and Isabel and Ferdinand expelled the Jews from Spain, an unheralded event took place. A cartographer in Lisbon, Portugal, drew an amazing map detailing the coasts of Europe, the Mediterranean,...
Unlimited Partnership
Thomas Saunders, Wall Street titan-turned-philanthropist, and his irrepressible wife, JordanMEET THE SAUNDERSES, philanthropic champions of such diverse institutions as the Marine Corps University and the New-York Historical Society. They met in 1961....
Who Was Edmund Wilson?
America's Greatest ReaderBy the end of his life-hell, by the middle of his life, Edmund Wilson was a fat, ferocious man: petty, pretentious, and petulant, a failure at many of the most ordinary tasks of life. But, man, could he dance : through a poem,...
Winterthur Inside Out
H.F. du Pont's masterpieceHENRY FRANCIS DU PONT (1880-1969) WAS AN INTENSELY SHY, private man, so likely he wouldn't have minded being overlooked. But as a horticulturist, the situation outrages me. Du Pont has never received the recognition he deserves...
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