Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 3, May/June

ANNE FRANK: In Family Photos
TEXAS FOR HER THIRTEENTH BIRTHDAY. A JEWISH GIRL IN Amsterdam named Anne Frank received a red plaid diary with a small lock. In it she wrote: "It's an odd idea for someone like me to keep a diary; not only because I have never done so before, but because...
Around the Nation
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsARIZONAThe Paul Espinosa Border Film Festival at the Tempe Center for the Arts, May 7-9, features five Espinosa films focused on the U.S.-Mexico border region. A scholar-led discussion...
Black Mozart
PENNSYLVANIA "HE WAS A SUPERSTAR," says Lincoln University music professor Charles Pettaway, summing up the career of perhaps the most unjustly forgotten composer of the classical period, Joseph Bologne, le Chevalier de Saint-Georges. In his day, he...
Burying Molière (and Reburying Him)
Last year, on the fiftieth anniversary of Albert Camus's death, French president Nicolas Sarkozy proposed the Nobel Laureate's body be exhumed, brought to Paris, and placed in the Panthéon. This temple on the Left Bank, located near the Sorbonne, serves...
Calendar
Endowment- Supported Events"The Half Had Not Been Told Me: African Americans on Lafayette Square" interprets the park opposite the White House that has witnessed the road from slavery to civil rights. Organized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation,...
Conflict of Interest
SOim DAKOTA WAR IS HELL, THE SAYING GOES, AND THERE is no shortage of books, television shows, and movies that remind us of the horrors of World War II. As a result, the truly terrifying innovations of World War I seem remote, if not forgotten: the first...
Curio
SURVIVAL OF THE LUCKLESSCaptain Bernardo de Vargas Machuca's 1599 Indian Militia was called by historian Geoffrey Parker the "first manual of guerrilla warfare ever published." Thomas Jefferson kept a copy on his bookshelf, as probably did Miguel de...
Editor's Note
I become uneasy whenever someone mentions the "lessons of history." Not that history doesn't offer lessons, it's just that many of the lessons, I find, are hardly the kind of rules for living that can be easily applied.For instance, while reading The...
Fifty Years of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
ALABAMA EARLY REVIEWS OF TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD were mixed. The Atlantic Monthly called it "frankly and completely impossible." Time magazine disagreed: "Author [Harper] Lee, 34, an Alabaman, has written her first novel with all of the tactile brilliance...
From West to East
Selections from Jonathan Spence's writingsIN THE LATE SIXTEENTH CENTURY, THE enormously talented Matteo Ricci set off to bring Western thought and Christianity to the Ming dynasty. The Italian Jesuit's skill in learning Chinese made it possible for him...
In Focus
(ProQuest: ... denotes obscured text omitted.)WHERE SOME MIGHT SEE A TOURIST attraction or vacation spot. Jamil Zainaldin sees sacred ground. "Red Top Mountain, the Sea Islands, Warm Springs," he says. "Georgia is just filled with these places."Bom in...
Philosophy on the Radio
For more than a year now, Jack Russell Weinstein's monthly radio show "Why?" has pursued a quirky intellectual agenda whose first principle can be stated thus: Philosophy is for everyone."If I was to play basketball outside with a bunch of neighborhood...
Talking to Saipan
American lit in a Pacific outpostAfter more than twenty years, I still get nervous about meeting a class for the first time. Whether it's a fiction writing seminar that meets for three hours or a fifty-minute session of "American Novel Since 1950," I...
The China Scholar
Jonathan Spence, the 39th Jefferson Lecturer, is our foremost scholar of Chinese history. Known for his literary craftsmanship as well as groundbreaking research, he has in his numerous books and articles achieved the unlikely feat of improving Western...
THE MAKING OF Jonathan Spence
EDITOR'S NOTE: It is our custom to commission a new piece of writing, an "appreciation" we call it, by someone familiar with the accomplishments of the Jefferson Lecturer. This year's lecturer, Jonathan Spence, recommended instead that we reprint this...
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