Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 2, March/April

A Common Story
A Common StoryKANSAS WHEN VISITORS TO THE PARSONS PUBLIC Library get their initial look at the traveling exhibition "Kansans Tell Their Stories" this spring, most will focus on the one panel in nine that captures their own town's role in Kansas history....
Around the Nation
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored bv the State Humanities CouncilsALABAMAMusician Bobby Horton presents "The Stories of Alabama FoUc Art" at the Vulcan Park and Museum in Birmingham on April 7. After the performance, participants can preview the exhibition...
Calendar: Endowment-Supported Events
"Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation" travels to the William F. Laman PubHc Library in North Little Rock, AR, April 6. The story-driven exhibit views U.S. history from a generational perspective, and highlights the emerging youth culture...
Curio
DANTE: AUCTOR, AUTOREThe question of authority among writers nags us less today than it did in the late Middle Ages, when poets and philosophers began daring to pen their works in the vernacular. Dante's use of Italian rather than Latin in writing the...
Editor's Note
In this issue, we honor the 2010 Humanities Medalists. As these ten extraordinary writers and scholars prepare to visit the White House, humanities magazine talks with them and briefly tours their distinctive careers in American letters, the study of...
GRAPHING Culture
"The problem with the humanities," Lev Manovich told me over a quick meal at a strip-mall sushi joint in La Jolla last January, "is that people tend to worry too much about what can't be done, about mistakes, problems, as opposed to just going and doing...
History's Exemplars
Richard Brookhiser is the American Plutarch - probably taUer and skinnier than the original, but just as ludd and witty in style, and setting for himself the same task as a biographer and historian. In a series of brisk and beautifully written books,...
Impertinent Questions WITH DAVID CARTWRIGHT
The strange and fascinating life of Arthur Schopenhauer is the subject of this edition of Impertinent Questions. Professor of philosophy and religious studies at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, David Cartwright recently published the first full-fledged...
In Focus: Kentucky's Virginia Carter
IN 1966, VIRGINIA CARTER WORKED AS A CARHOP AT THE Star-Lite Drive-in Restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky, bringing fried chicken out to the curb. She saved the money she earned to pay for a summer at Harvard."I had big ideas," Carter says. "I thought,...
John Muir Nature's Witness
In September 1865 John Muir wrote to a friend, "How intensely I desire to be a Humboldt!" At the time, it must have seemed a pipe dream. A pacifist opposed to the Ovil War, the twenty-seven-year-old Muir had left his family's Wisconsin farm the previous...
Mark Twain's Latest Autobiography
It may seem odd that a literary scholar and biographer such as myself should review a scholarly edition that has been on the New York Times best-seller list for nearly three months. The last time I looked, volume one of Autobiography of Mark Twain (edited...
TEN Extraordinary Lives
National Humanities MedalistsTHE 2010 NATIONAL HUMANITIES MEDALISTS HAVE SOUGHT THE HUMAN STORY in the American founding, in American and Latin-American literature, across the span of western culture, and amid the wonders of nature. They have searched...
Ten Years of Prime Time
LOUISIANA EVERY SESSION OF THE PRIME TIME FAMILY Reading Time, a literacy program for at-risk families with children six to ten years old, begins the same way - with a meal. The program, which was started by the Louisiana. Endowment for the Humanities,...
The Beehive Archive
UTAH DID YOU KNOW THAT A UTAH DEVELOPER ONCE shipped a forty-ton building brick by brick through the U.S. Postal Service?No? Neither did many residents of Utah, until they heard it on the Beehive Archive.The Beehive Archive is a weekly radio broadcast...
The Great Escape
The Great EscapeNEW HAMPSHIRE MARGRET AND HANS REY TRIED TO remain calm as the official came through the train car packed with refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied France and asked for identity papers. When the official saw the stacks of papers inside Hans's...
The POLITICS of FOOD
How America Kept Russia from StarvingtHE NEW PBS DOCUMENTARY, THE GREAT FAMINE, will finally acquaint American television viewers with an important, yet little-known episode in the history of American relations with the former Soviet Union. The film...

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