Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 2, March/April

A Long Voyage to the New World
The First Jewish Settlement in North AmericaNEW AMSTERDAM, PART OF THE REMOTE DUTCH colony of New Netherland in present-day New York State, was among the New World's most diverse and pluralistic towns. A French Jesuit missionary in 1643 reported that...
A Roundup of Activities
Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsALABAMAThe Hellman/Wyler Festival celebrating the artistic partnership of playwright Lillian Hellinann and film director William Wyler runs from March 2 through 11 in Deompolis and Birmingham. Events will include...
Building a Community of Knowledge
A Conversation with Jimmy WalesIn one month, Wikipedia receives more than seven billion queries, says the online encyclopedia's founder Jimmy Wales. During a recent interview, Wales tells NEH Chairman Bruce Cole about the process and people that make...
Destination Japan
TUCKED AWAY IN DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA, IS THE LARGEST JAPANESE garden in the United States. Roji-en, or the Garden of the Drops of Dew, is the centerpiece of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, an institution dedicated to teaching that country's...
Drawn from Nature
Audubon's Artistic Legacy"AUDUBON WAS UNIQUE AMONG ALL the other immigrants and frontiersmen because he put his business interests aside and decided to live for his art," says Larry hott, director and coproducer of American Masters John James Audubon:...
Filming the American Novel
Not only do these novels portray the American dream, but they also depict a kaleidoscope of successes and failures.Benjamin Franklin is known for being many things-an inventor, scientist, politician, ladies man, publisher, diplomat, and Founding Father....
In Focus: Puerto Rico's Juan González Lamela
WHETHER EXPLORING musical traditions of the early nineteenth century or producing an electronic encyclopedia, Juan Gonzalez Lamela is devoted to teaching Puerto Ricans about their history."It is important for all of us to have all the information available...
In Search of Botanical Treasures
Linnaeus sent two dozen of his best students to explore the world on his behalf.IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY, THE SWEDISH NATURALIST CAROLUSLinnaeus imposed order on what had been a chaotic world of plants, animals, and minerals. He established a radical...
Open Knowledge, Open Source
In the mid-eighteenth century, the French man of letters Denis Diderot recruited his friends-and friends of friends-to write entries for his Encyclopedic. Twenty years and twenty-eight volumes later, 135 authors, including Voltaire, Rousseau, and Montesquieu,...
Prescription FOR Citizenship
THE IMMIGRANT HOSPITALS AT ELLIS ISLANDIN 1912, NINE-YEAR-OLD TOBA WILENSKY ARRIVED WITH HER FAMILY AT ELLIS ISLAND, ready to start a new life in America. She remembered the journey, her arrival, and the frightening experience of being a little girl...
Remembering Mary Lou Beatty
"Try again"Those two words, always delivered with a stem look over her glasses. were dreaded by any writer who worked for Mary Lou Beatty. It meant that you had fumbled your article. "Not bad," on the other hand, meant that you had nailed your piece....
Roots of American Music
A STATUE OF JIMMlE RODGERS. THE "FATHER OF COUNTRY Music," stands in his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi. As a youngster in the early 190Os, Rodgers rode the rails listening to the stories and melodies of his fellow travelers, many of whom were African...
Shakespeare FOR A DEMOCRACY
On May 10, 1849, a riot broke out in New York City near the Astor Place Opera House. The state militia fired on the angry crowd, which numbered in the thousands, killing at least twenty-two people. The dispute was over the right way to perform Shakespeare...
Standing against Oppression
"Jews fought Nazi occupation within their homes, their communities, in the ghettos and the forests, in the concentration camps, and in their hearts," says David G. Marwell, director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.There were individuals...
Tales & Traditions
IN ONE STORY, A KING TESTS THE worthiness of his daughter's suitors; in another, a mysterious bear befriends a poor man and makes him rich; and in a third, a group of World War I conscripts celebrate on the train taking them to the front. These stories,...

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