Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, March/April

A Tense Time in Tennessee
Thurgood Marshall Wins a Case and Nearly Loses His LifeA trial in 1946 in a small town in Tennessee offers an early glimpse of the lawyer who would win national recognition a decade later in his battle against segregation. The man was Thurgood Marshall....
Brown Remembered
This May marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on Brown v. Board of Education declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional. State humanities councils around the country are holding forums, exhibitions, and lectures to...
BROWN V. BOARD: 50 Years Later
AS THE NATION MARKS the fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, it is worth pondering why the justices found the case so difficult and what the decision's implications were for the Civil Rights Movement.Most...
Do You Speak American?
From the boatmen of Maine to cowpokes and the rappers of big-city America By Will SchroederHOW DO YOU ANSWER THE question "Do you speak American"? Many people might answer that yes, they speak English. But English is not the only language spoken in this...
Editor's Note
ON LANGUAGE"It's been held that we can estimate the value of any particular civilization by the quality of the literature it provides," says the poet Anthony Hecht. "It is a way of articulating the aspirations, ambitions, the hopes, the anguish of people...
From AOK: The Historical Dictionary of American Slang
"It is too late to be studying Hebrew; it is more important to understand even the slang of to-day," Henry David Thoreau wrote in 1862.The Historical Dictionary of American Slang, the first comprehensive dictionary of its kind, is under way. From Civil...
In Focus
Craig NewbillNEW MEXICO'S HISTORY IS A combination of Native American, Mexican, Spanish, and Territorial experiences. "It's not unusual to have events from even three hundred years ago surface in public life," says Craig Newbill, executive director of...
Life among the Lexicographers
Dictionaries are supposed to be anonymous.If you happen not to know what a word means, you just look it up, and a faceless, utilitarian definition wells up to the surface. But there are people known in the trade as lexicographers-Greek for "those who...
Mastering Mozart: NOTES FROM VIENNA
"What's a fugue?""How is THE MAGIC FLUTE a reflection of Enlightenment thinking?""Why were the Viennese so afraid of a Turkish invasion throughout the eighteenth century?""Once again, what's the difference between the Habsburg and the Holy Roman empires?""How...
State by State
A ROUNDUP OF ACTIVITIES SPONSORED BY THE STATE HUMANITIES COUNCILSARIZONAThe annual Arizona Book Festival on April 3 at the Carnegie Center in Phoenix will focus on writers who live in or write about the West. The authors who will appear include Supreme...
The Life of a Poet
A CONVERSATION WITH ANTHONY HECHTNEH Chairman Bruce Cole spoke recently with Anthony Hecht about the writing of poetry and the relationship between poetry and art. Hecht has published seven volumes of poetry, among them The Hard Hours, which won a Pulitzer...
The New Americans
Israel Nwidor describes his dream of becoming an American. He will earn his MBA and start his own business. "Is that your American Dream?" he is asked. "No, that is my Nigerian dream," answers Israel. " I've always had that dream."Nwidor is one of America's...
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