Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 6, November/December

A Patchwork of History
One quilt from the 1930s depicts the wagon-train era of the American West,while another from the Great Depression shows three generations of a family from Michigan. A quilt from World War II displays the four freedoms described by President Roosevelt,...
A Roundup of Activities
Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsARIZONAThe exhibition "From Above: Images of a Storied Land, Photographs by Adriel Heisey" continues through January 10 at the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix. The exhibition features photography of archaeological...
Car Horns, Cafés, and Can-Can
GERSHWIN'SAMERICAN IN PARISAFTER SPENDING A WLLK IN PARIS in April 1926, the composer George Gershwin sent his hosts a thank-you. It was a postcard inscribed with two musical quotes: the opening of the "Andantino" from his Rhapsody in Blue, and a melodic...
Changes Inside and Out
THE DENVER ART MUSEUM opened its new Frederic C. Hamilton Building with thirty-five straight hours of festivities this fall. Almost thirty-four thousand people passed through 3 building that celebrates the geometry of unconventional angles.The new space...
DAVE BRUBECK: Ambassador of Cool
From the opening bars of the Dave Brubeck Quartet's "Take Five," listeners are swept away by a swinging beat, a lilting piano line, and a sax that has been described as the perfect dry martini. Released in 1959. "Take Five" became the best selling jazz...
Game Playing
Steven Johnson describes himself as someone who writes about technology through the lens of the cultural critic. In this issue of Humanities, he talks with NEH Chairman Bruce Cole about the interaction of the two worlds."We've always said the point of...
Game Playing
A Conversation with Steven JohnsonNEH Chairman Bruce Cole talked recently with Steven Johnson about how computers can change the way we think. Johnson is the author of four books, among them EVERYTHING BAD IS GOOD FOR YOU, a defense of today's computer...
In Ellington's SHADOW: The Life of Billy Strayhorn
BANDLEADER DUKEEllington once described composer Billy Strayhorn as "my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head, my brainwaves in his head, and his in mine." The collaboration between Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn lasted nearly...
In Focus: Minnesota's Stanley Romanstein: Connecting the Arts and Humanities
STANLEY ROMANSTEIN COMES from a family of musicians and has been singing ever since he can remember. He performs with the Minnesota Chorale, which works with both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra."It's a very professional...
Portrait of the Past
Excavating the Pre-Classic Maya Murals at San BartoloWhen archaeologist William Saturno went to Guatemala six years ago, nothing worked nut the way he planned. None of the local guides could take him to see the carved monuments he wanted to research,...
Preserving an Appalachian Archive
LIVING TRADITIONSWith energy that belies his almost eighty years, Dewey Thompson takes a good last whack with his double-bitted ax, ana the small hardwood tree starts to fall. Moments later, he is hauling the log back to his four-room house in Sugar...
Reorchestrating Germany's Culture: Music after World War II
Though the final months of of World War II had been catastrophic for Germany's, cultural infrastructure, a lively new music community emerged during the Allied occupation. In the American zone, music became an important part of reconstruction efforts."One...
Reverse Immigration: Through a Mariachi's Eyes
In 2000 when film maker Mark Becker was roaming San Francisco's Mission District interviewing mariachis, he expected to make a short film on the illegal immigrants that populate the district.He says, "All these guys that go from restaurant to bar, would...

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