Humanities

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Articles from Vol. 30, No. 5, September/October

Around the NATION
A ROUNDUP OF ACTIVITIES SPONSORED BY THE STATE HUMANITIES COUNCILSALABAMA"Elvis at 21, New York to Memphis: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" opens at The JuIe Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University on Oct. 10. An accompanying lecture...
Curio
NIGHT PHYSIKFrom Dreaming the English Renaissance: Politics and Desire in Court and Culture, published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. Carole Levin, WiIIa Collier Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, dissects the pleasant visions and unholy...
Editor's Note
"Only connect," E. M. Forster wrote. But if you are a humanist looking to transmit a message from the far corners of research to a truly public authence, doing so can seem impossible.Yet Harvard professor and 2003 NEH research fellow Jill Lepore makes...
Impertinent Questions WITH KATHLEEN FITZPATRICK
For this edition of IQ, we log on with Kathleen Fitzpatrick. associate professor of media studies at Pomona College, in Claremont, California. Fitzpatrick is one of the brains behind the NEHfunded MediaCommons mediocommons.futureofthebook.org), a digital...
In Focus: Alaska's Gregory W. Kimura
HALF A CENTURY BEFORE ALASKA BECAME A STATE,Gregory Kimura's great-grandfather left Japan for the United States, where he worked his way up the west coast before landing in Anchorage, a frontier port and burgeoning tent city that was rife with entrepreneurial...
Peter Cooper's Big Ideas
"I had naturally a AnacAtor contriving.IN 1830, PETER COOPER DESIGNED, BUILT, and drove the first steam-powered locomotive to operate a public railroad in the United States - a feat of engineering that helped ensure the future success of the Baltimore...
Pictures of the Floating World
Sweeping up from the Pacific Ocean, Mount Fuj i ,«* highest mountain in the Japanese archipelago, has served as muse for countless writers, poets, and artists since ancient times. Among them is Katsushika Hokusai, a Japanese painter and woodblock print...
Supremely Contentious
The Transformation of "Advice and Consent"In the aftermath of the Senate hearings to consider the president's nominee to become the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, it's hard to remem- ber that the process wasn't always like this. There weren't always...
Taming the Savage City
"CHICAGO! CHICAGO, QUEEN AND GUTTERSNIPE OF CITIES.cynosure and cesspool of the world!" So the young British journalist G. W. Steevens exclaimed upon his visit in 1896. Steevens would make his name as a daring war correspondent, covering exotic battlefields,...
The Cold War's Organization Man
How Philip Mosely helped Soviet Studies moderate American policyWHEN WINSTON CHURCHILL OMINOUSLY announced in March 1946 that an "Iron Curtain had descended over Europe," the United States government employed around two dozen experts on the Soviet Union...
The Public Historian
A Conversation with Jill LeporeSoon after earning her bachelor's degree in English from Tufts, Jill Lepore started working at Harvard, but not as a member of the faculty. The future David Woods Kemper '4 1 Professor of American History was clocking hours...
The Voice of Hawai'i
Fishy Cake,Fishy CakeFishah manCatch me one akuAs fast as you canCut urn sashimiStraight from da seaWit shoyu and riceFor kekei and me- Pidgin nursery rhymeHawaii Creole, known on the islands as Pidgin, had its genesis in the 1 840s as thousands of laborers...
What Samuel Johnson Really Did
He made dictionaries matterSAMUEL JOHNSON, POET, satirist, critic, lexicographer, and dyedin-the-wool conservative was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, on September 18, 1709. We are quickly approaching the tercentenary of Johnson's birth; scholars...
Who Said It?
THE VIOLINS OF AUTUMNLeaves in fiery colors. A crisp edge to the wind. The dimishing of the days. Autumn has arrived. In this edition of Who Said It?, we harvest literature and history to reap the ways the season serves as marker and metaphor for the...
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