Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 5, September/October

Around the Nation
ARIZONA Scrapbooks containing nearly two hundred examples of Apache student artwork and writing collected in the 1930s will be displayed in Nohwikwe' Ba gowa's "Our Apache Books" exhibition opening October 7. The museum staff is collecting oral histories...
Both Sides of the Stethoscope: Where Science Meets Life
In The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, the Lees, a Hmong family transplanted from the highlands of Laos to California, interact with a medical community they do not understand. Misfortune results, in part because the immigrants and their doctors...
Editor's Note: Different Witnesses
As an expert in American antiques, Leigh Keno sees the early history of our country reflected in the objects that surround him. "I think that the surface of a piece records the conversation of the life around it," he tells NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. A...
E Pluribus Unum: A New Religious America
Printed on the loose change in our pockets is the motto from the Great Seal of the United States: E Pluribus Unum-"From Many, One." Today our pluribus is more striking than ever-our races and faces, our jazz and qawwali music, our Haitian drums and Bengali...
Fighting Jim Crow
As blacks emerged from slavery after the Civil War, Southern states adapted a new strategy to prevent them from improving their status or achieving equality. They passed laws on marriage, schools, housing, and conduct intended to keep the races apart....
In Focus: The Great Migration
"The notion of bringing the public into the academic environment struck me," says Jim Quay. Quay, who is now executive director of the California Council for the Humanities, was describing his experiences as a producer at California Public Radio at the...
"It's Alive": Frankenstein's Monster and Modern Science
FIRST TOLD AS A GHOST STORY ON THE SHORES OF LAKE Geneva in 1816, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, the gothic horror tale that would become her most famous novel, was written in answer to a challenge made by the poet Lord Byron....
New Faces
Five new members have joined the National Council on the Humanities; they are Thomas Mallon, Wilfred M. McClay, Naomi Shihab Nye, Michael Pack, and Jeffrey D. Wallin. Mallon is a novelist and critic. His works include Henry and Clara, Dewey Defeats Truman,...
'Not Just a Chair'
A Conversation with Leigh Keno About Reclaiming Our Past NEH Chairman Bruce Cole talked recently with Leigh Keno, an expert on American antiques, about what these objects can tell us about our history. Leigh Keno, who has an antiques business in New...
Remembering Baltimore's Industries
For the kind of a fellow who's smart and neat A 'Smoothie' necktie can't be beat You can buy a 'Smoothie' necktie and wear it every day Take it off and hang it up and the wrinkles go away." Nearly sixty-five years after the advent of the wrinkleresistant...
Survival of the Minor Leagues
Major league baseball players are famous for quirksWade Boggs devouring fried chicken before each game, Sammy Sosa "blessing" the field with three drops of coffee, Sparky Anderson never touching the foul line on a trip to the mound. The wackiness of...
The Ethics of Healing
A summer institute helps break down the boundaries between medicine and the humanities. ETHICAL ISSUES HAVE BEEN pervasive in medical teaching and practice since Hippocrates wrote his famous oath nearly 2,500 years ago. At the Pennsylvania State University...
The Imprint of Immortality
THE BABYLONIAN KING GILGAMESH WAS SAID TO BE one-third human and two-thirds god. He ruled the city of Uruk on the Euphrates River more than four thousand years ago in what is now Iraq. According to legend, the gods sent him a series of ordeals, starting...
The Treasures of Genghis Khan
'The disc of the sun lost its brightness out of jealousy ...' BY THE TIME OF HIS DEATH IN 1227, GENGHIS KHAN HAD BEGUN THE creation of what was to become the largest empire the world has ever known. Under the rule of his four sons and their descendants,...
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