Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 4, July/August

A Roundup of Activities
Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsALABAMAThe Cahaba Lily Center in West Blocton hosts the traveling Smithsonian exhibition "Between Fences" through July 29. The exhibition explores the political and social meanings of fences through photography...
Chronicle of a New Age
Published in London every Thursday morning, the modernist magazine The Nciv Age was a boundless source of ideas during its heyday from 1907 to 1922. The New Age was "the Bible for our generation," recalled British author Storm Jameson. "We would rather...
Common Bonds: The Duty and Honor of Lee and Grant
ON MAY 5, 1864, the day dawned beautifully over the Rapidan in Virginia. It would not remain so.Over the next two days Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia faced Ulysses S. Grant's Army of the Potomac. "The woods were set on fire by the bursting...
Creating the American Character
"I've always been interested in beginnings, in traditions, in how things got started," Michael Barone tells NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. A respected political commentator, Barone has been doing play-by-play on the American political game for more than three...
Happy Accidents and Good Luck
A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL BARONENEH Chairman Bruce Cole recently spoke with Michael Barone, magazine columnist and author of Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval that Inspired America's Founding Fathers, about the hows and whys of...
In Focus: David Tebaldi of Massachusetts
Every fall, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (MFH) hosts a free, public symposium at Boston College. This year, the theme is "JSIo News Is Bad News: The Role of Media in our Democracy." MFH's executive director David Tebaldi says, "The...
Life as Art
FRIENDSHIP AMONG THE AVANT-GARDEIn June 1921, Gerald and Sara Murphy and their three children sailed to France. They planned a tour of European gardens related to Gerald's study of landscape architecture. But in Europe, instead of grand gardens, the...
PARADES, PICKETS, and PROTESTS
Chinese Americans on the Home FrontFor China itself and for Chinese Americans, the Second World War was not confined to the years 1941-1945, but began when Japan made its first incursions into Manchuria and Inner Mongolia. In September 1931 the (Japanese...
Picturing CHILDHOOD
In May of 1954, Life published a report on illiteracy among schoolchildren, prompting Americans to ask, "Why can't Johnny read?"Novelist John Hersey and others suggested that children were having trouble reading because their primers, such as the Dick...
The Sound of Freedom
COPLAND COMPOSES THE Lincoln PortraitSome ten days after news of the attack on Pearl Harbor had circulated throughout the country, the conductor André Kostelanetz wrote to Jerome Kern, Virgil Thomson, and Aaron Copland with a commission. He hoped for...
War Stories: THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN WORLD WAR II
In April 1943, twenty-year-old Corado Ciarlo from Waterbury, Connecticut, known as "Babe" to his family and friends, was bogged down on the beaches at Anzio with the Fifth Allied Army. The supposedly surprise Allied attack on Italy had been anticipated...

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