Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 4, July/August

$1 Million from Carnegie
The Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities $1 million to help public libraries with limited resources add high-quality literary editions to their collections. More than eight hundred libraries will receive...
All That Jazz
When he was rich and famous later in life, trumpeter Louis Armstrong looked back and remarked, "I don't feel no different about that horn now than I did when I was playing in New Orleans. No, that's my living and my life. I love them notes." This July...
An American Music Sampler
Music has accompanied our wars, our celebrations, and the development of our nation. For decades, NEH has funded projects that help scholars delve into the archives of American composers, musicians, and symphonies. Here are some of the Endowment-supported...
Antioch the Lost Ancient City
"What city can we say is worthy to be compared with this? More fortunate than the oldest, it is superior to some in size, surpasses others in the nobility of its lineage, and others in its all-producing territory," Libanius wrote in the fourth century....
High Finance Parisian Style
IN 1754, THE FRENCH AUTHOR VOLTAIRE WAS ACQUIRING real estate, and to fund his purchases he drew upon his investment portfolio. "I beg you to let me know how much I can borrow against my account in order to arrange all this," he wrote to Guillaume Claude...
In Focus: Dorothy Schwartz of Maine
Dorothy Schwartz, director of the Maine Humanities Council, speaks passionately about renewing our civic culture. She takes her cue from that observer of the American scene, Alexis de Tocqueville, who wrote in Democracy in America, "If men are to remain...
Jazz: An American Elixir
TWO THOUSAND YEARS FROM NOW, WRITER GERALD EARLY has said, America will be remembered three things: the Connstitution, baseball and jazz. They are the three most beautifully designed things this culture had ever produced." Early's remark resonated with...
Melodic Invention
NEW TRANSCRIPTIONS OF FATS WALLER'S PIPE-ORGAN AND PIANO SOLOS COULD ENSURE THAT WALLER IS REMEMBERED NOT JUST AS AN ENTERTAINER BUT AS A GREAT COMPOSER. FATS WALLER'S RISE TO FAME as an entertainer was still several years off when, in November of 1926,...
Money and Power: Lessons from the 5th Century B.C
TO THE FIRST EMPIRE OF THE WEST, MONEY MATTERED. It fueled the growth of a navy that gave Athens power over much of the Aegean in the fifth century B.C., but misjudgments out its proper use also contributed to the Athenian Empire's end. Those are among...
Piano Diplomacy
THIS YEAR MARKS THE THREE-HUNREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INVENTION OF THE PIANO. OVER TIME. HAS BEEN AN INSTRUMENT BOTH OF CULTURE AND CONQUEST. THE PIANO BY NAKAMURA DAIZABURO, 1926. -Kyoto Municipal Museum THE PIANO became more and more popular in the...
State by State
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by State Humanities Councils ALABAMA School and University Partners for Educational Research (SUPER) is offering residential institutes this summer. From July 9 to 21, Glenn Eskew, professor of history at Georgia State...
Telling Cleveland's Story
For Wayne Bratton, becoming a seaman on Lake Erie was a natural choice. Growing up on Cleveland's West Side, he knew plenty of men who worked on the six hundred American ships sailing the Great Lakes just after World War II. "It just so happened there...
The Armstrong Collection
In his life on the road, Louis Armstrong collected candid backstage tapes, scrapbooks full of memories, and a gold-plated trumpet from the King of England. This Fourth of July there will be a one-hundredth birthday party in New York for jazz great Louis...
The Ways of Empire: A Conversation with Wm. Roger Louis
A Conversation with Win. Roger Louis Endowment Chairman William R. Ferris recently spoke with Wm. Roger Louis about the new OXFORD HISTORY OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE. Louis, an American, talks about the controversy surrounding his selection as editor-in-chief...
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