Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 3, May/June

Altarpieces and Aristocrats: A Polish Legacy
A WAVE OF POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC TURMOIL SWEPT THROUGH FOUR HUNDRED YEARS OF POLAND'S HISTORY, WHEN IT WAS CONSTANTLY UNDER THREAT OF OCCUPATION BY ITS NEIGHBORS. From the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, Poland sought to define its identity through...
Editor's Note
THE HUMANIST TRADITION "I think that the pull, the attraction of history, is in our human nature," writer David McCullough says. "What makes us tick? Why do we do what we do?" In this issue of Humanities he talks with NEH Chairman Bruce Cole about the...
Every Book Is a New Journey: A Conversation with Writer David McCullough
WHEN DAVID McCULLOUGH MET RECENTLY WITH NEH CHAIRMAN BRUCE COLE, the conversation turned to McCullough's book, JOHN ADAMS, and the pleasures of bringing history to a broad audience. JOHN ADAMS won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for biography. It is the second...
Magnificenza-Michelangelo's Florence
AN INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OPENING in June reveals the powerful relationship between the Medicis of the late Renaissance and the artists who worked for them. "Magnificenza! The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence" is a collaboration...
Making a Difference: Eileen Jackson Southern-Pioneering in Black Music
Before Eileen Jackson Southern began her work, black music was not considered a serious academic discipline. Students could not formally study it and major music journals published very little research about it. Today, both the American Musicological...
Making a Difference: Jose Cisneros-Drawing on History
The National Humanities Medalists THE RECIPIENTS OF THIS YEAR'S NATIONAL HUMANITIES Medal blur the line between the life of the mind and the world of action. One medalist turned a church basement reading program into a national network to teach family...
Making a Difference: Learning from Heroes-William Manchester
William Manchester's connections to World War II-from his fascination with its great military leaders to his experiences as a soldier-have shaped his formidable literary career. "The friendships I made in the Marine Corps were longer lasting and more...
Making a Difference: Mixing Medicine and Literature-Robert Coles
Poet William Carlos Williams had a profound effect on the career of Robert Coles. "His vision about the role of the writer as someone who seeks to understand the world and to become involved in the world in his or her thinking or living, informed my...
Making a Difference: Richard Peck-Writing for the Next Generation
Richard Peck, a Newbery Award winner and best-selling author of young adult books, wrote his first line of fiction the day he quit his junior high school teaching job. The year was 1971 and Peck was thirty-seven years old. Teaching had reacquainted him...
Making a Difference: Saving Places-National Trust for Historic Preservation
NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION History is topicality conveyed through books or in a classroom, but "history can also be conveyed through place," says Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Protecting the history...
Making a Difference: Sharon Darling-Pursuing the Right to Read
Sharon Darling never intended to run a nationwide family literacy organization. She only meant to teach adults to read in a Kentucky church basement while their children were occupied in the nursery. "They were so fearful, at first, that someone would...
Making a Difference: Tom Wolfe-Interpreting Our Times
"I would hope that I have given readers a fresh understanding of how life is lived in different areas," says author Tom Wolfe, "whether it's the world of test pilots, or hippies, or people with highly urban ambitions of the sort you always encounter...
New Faces
Three new members have joined the National Council on the Humanities; they are Amy Kass, Andrew Ladis, and Wright Lassiter. Kass is Senior Lecturer in the Humanities Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago, where she received her bachelor of...
Northwoods Legends Come to Life
Storytellers will recount the lives of shanty boys and schooner captains as part of Michigan's Great Outdoors Culture Tour this summer. The legends and lore of the state's woods-and-water culture will enliven campfires, forests, and Great Lakes shorelines...
Postmark: Renaissance
LOVE AND VENOM IN THE MEDICI COURTS TWO AND A HALF CENTURIES AFTER THE END OF MEDICI RULE, THE MOST COMPLETE DOCUMENTARY RECORD OF ANY PRINCELY REGIME IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE IS BEING CATALOGED AND INDEXED WITH THE LATEST INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. Virtually...
State by State: A Roundup of Activities
ALABAMA Educators will explore how history, music, art, and literature influence culture. At a teacher workshop in Mobile from June 9 through 15, professor of French Catherine Danielou and professor of Spanish Sheri Spaine Long of the University of Alabama...
Tales of Beggars and Nuns, Pirates and Kings
IN 1334, A MYSTERIOUS epidemic swept through Hopei, a northeastern province of China, claiming the lives of five million people-a full 90 percent of the population. The Black Death would eventually kill two-thirds of China's inhabitants and come to be...
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