Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 3, May/June

Around the Nation
A ROUNDUP OF HUMANITIES ACTIVITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN MAY AND JUNE. ALABAMA An art exhibition of Alabama landscapes explores "Alabama-the Place," the focus of this year's Second Annual Writers Symposium. Other events included are panel discussions,...
At War's Painful Core
America's three wars in Asia have generated a significant body of literature in the United States and Asia. Excerpts from many of these stories and poems, along with photos, film, and art will be available online in 2001 in a digital resource library...
B.B. King Drops In
"We blues singers tell stories. We tell stories about things we like, things we dislike, things we wish, and things we wish would not be." Still going strong after more than fifty years in the music business, B.B. King dropped in at the National Endowment...
B.B. King on the Blues
Blues legend B.B. King has composed and performed around the world for five decades. He recently joined the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, William R. Ferris, for a presentation of music, stories, and history of the blues. King...
Destination Delta
Everybody who comes in is looking for something different. "Some people go like magnets to the Muddy Waters guitar, and B.B. King's red 'Lucille' is really popular says Mae Smith, a staffer at the Delta Blues Museum. "Real fanatics come." Besides drawing...
Partnerships
EDSITEMENT EXPANDS ITS REACH EDSITEment, NEH's online humanities resource for teachers and students, is now part of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent research collection on information technology. The collection, founded in 1989 as part of the...
Remembering Slavery
In the late 1930s, there were women and men still alive who had passed their childhood and young adult years in slavery. Their first-hand experiences were in danger of being lost. To gather their oral histories and those of other Americans, the U.S....
Riding Ancient Waves
THOUSAND YEARS AGO, THE POLYNESIANS VENTURED ACROSS THE vastness of the Pacific guided only by the waves and stars. They created an empire of ocean at a time when most seafaring Europeans hugged their coastlines and believed that if they strayed too...
Stories Told in the Light
A New Alaska Native Heritage Center Opens For hundreds of years, Alaskan Native storytellers practiced their craft through the long dark winter nights in the remote villages of this northern land. Now those stories will see the light of day in summer...
The Paradoxical General MacArthur
"HE IS NOT JUST UNLIKE other men, he is unlike most soldiers," says Geoffrey Perret, a biographer of General Douglas MacArthur. "There is an element in MacArthur's temperament that is really that of the writer, the poet, the artist who has somehow ended...
The War of the Words
"As I gaze upon the midnight sky..." begins Louis Hudson, an eighth-grader at Kramer Middle School in southeast Washington, D.C, who is performing in a local poetry slam. When he's done reading his poem, the audience judges raise their scorecards. "An...
Uncommon Directions
IN THE BEGINNING was . . . the map. "There has probably always been a mapping impulse in human consciousness," geographer J. B. Harley once wrote, "and the mapping experience, involving cognitive mapping of space, undoubtedly existed long before the...
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