Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 6, November/December

A Bard for the Powerless
WHEN JOHN STEINBECK'S The Grapes of Wrath appeared in 1939, its portrayal of the struggles of migrant workers outraged landowners and union organizers alike in California's Salinas Valley. It undermined authority, critics said, at a time of economic...
A Labor of Love
THE ELEVENTH-CENTURY BAYEUX TAPESTRY DESCRIBES WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR'S INVASION OF ENGLAND IN 1066 TO CLAIM THE THRONE LEFT VACANT BY THE DEATH OF KING EDWARD. THE NORMAN CONQUEST TRIGGERED THE SHIFT FROM OLD ENGLISH, AN ANGLO-SAXON LANGUAGE, TO FRENCH-INFLUENCED...
A Multiplicity of Voices: A Conversation with Derek Walcott
With the Nobel Prize about to celebrate its 100th anniversary, HUMANITIES visits one of the laureates, poet Derek Walcott. SHAKESPEARE AND THE CULTURAL MIX THAT IS CARIBBEAN HISTORY ARE THE TOPICS AS NEH CHAIRMAN WILLIAM R. FERRIS TALKS WITH POET DEREK...
An Iliad for Our Time: Walcott's Caribbean Epic
ALTHOUGH WE TEND TO ASSIGN THE EPIC to the literary past as a bygone genre, Derek Walcott's Omeros, published in 1990, asserts the ongoing power of the epic to claim our attention and shape our understanding. The epic is a monumental literary form-an...
A Photographic Saga: Utah and the Shipler Family
IN 1898 HARRY SHIPLER STRAPPED HIS CAMERA to his bicycle and pedaled from Salt Lake City to Park City-an eight-hour journey uphill on dirt roadsto photograph a fire that ravaged the mining town. "I go anywhere to photograph anything" was Shipler's motto....
Around the Nation: A Roundup of Activities
ARIZONA "Life on the Santa Cruz" is a traveling exhibition planned around the seven-- state collaboration, "Colorado River: Moving Waters in the Arid West." The exhibition describes the river and its impact on those who live along its banks, highlighting...
Editor's Note
100 YEARS OF THE NOBEL PRIZE The most celebrated scientists, writers, and peacemakers in the world, some 250 of them, will gather in Stockholm and Oslo this December to mark a milestone: the one-hundredth anniversary of the Nobel Prize. In Stockholm's...
Islam and Democracy
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY in the contemporary world is complex. The Muslim world is not ideologically monolithic. It presents a broad spectrum of perspectives ranging from the extremes of those who deny a connection between Islam and...
On the Trail: Discovering African American History in Virginia
STUDENTS DON'T realize there is so much history right in their own backyards, " says Teresa Dowell-Vest. Her favorite story to tell high school students is about the walkout at R.R. Moton High School in Prince Edward County, Virginia. A student walkout...
States Respond to Attacks
State humanities councils around the country have responded to the terrorist attacks of September 11 with special reading and discussion groups, fast-- tracked grant opportunities for relevant projects, and speaker programs on current topics. One event...
The Behind-the-Scenes Struggle for Science's Highest Prize
"EINSTEIN MUST NEVER RECEIVE A NOBEL" FOR THE NOBEL COMMITEE FOR PHYSICS, the coming of peace after World War I held many hazards. Hostile international relations within science were not the only sources of anxiety. In particular, quantum and relativity...
The Passions of Woodrow Wilson
HIS DREAM OF CREATING a lating peace was rejected by his own country but earned him admiration abroad and a Nobel Peace Prize. The image is stiff-aquiline nose, steel-rimmed spectacles, pursed mouth. But a very different image of Woodrow Wilson emerges...
Victor Swenson: Working for a Literate Vermont
IN FOCUS IF YOU WANT literate children, you've got to have literate grown-ups," says Victor Swenson. As executive director of the Vermont Council on the Humanities, Swenson has heard from countless parents fed up with a life of pretending to read. He...
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