Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 5, September/October

An Internet Witch-Hunt: Digitizing Salem Village: A Conversation with Benjamin Ray
WHEN NEH CHAIRMAN William R. Ferris talked recently with Benjamin Ray, professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, the conversation turned to technological advances in teaching and Ray's work on the Salem Witchcraft Project. Ray's books...
Beyond the Box
FOR MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY, television has been a passive medium. Viewers are rarely encouraged to do more than watch. Occasionally you could make a pledge during a telethon, clap for Tinker Bell, or call a hotline if a neighbor looked like a wanted...
Building Big
AN URBANITE HURRYING TO WORK MAY TAKE FOR GRANTED the skyscrapers overshadowing her, and a harried commuter may travel across a bridge several times daily without thinking it unusual. But when we stop to contemplate how the cityscape became what it is,...
For Generation Y
Will technology offer the human race more than just new ways to shop or catch up on gossip? Start-up dotcoms emerge every day with promises galore to improve our lives, but will they offer anything for the sustenance of the human soul? In this issue,...
H-Net: An Online Arena
When a scholar in Key West, Florida, asked Thomas J. Thurston for historical information that would help her in preserving the Key West Botanical Gardens, he passed her query on to an e-mail discussion list of scholars interested in research and teaching...
Houseless Is Not Homeless
I AM A CHILD OF INSTITUTIONS. A HOMELESS MAN WHO NO LONGER WANTS TO BE HOMELESS. I LOOK AROUND AND ASK MYSELF AM I BETTER THAN OTHER PEOPLE? AM I WORSE? WHEN IT COMES RIGHT DOWN TO IT I THINK I AM JUST THE SAME. -Tony T. "Life of A Homeless Man" Tony's...
Kids as Curators
Virtual Art at the Seattle Museum The Seattle Art Museum is changing the way people use museums and see exhibitions. A new website teaches children in grades six through ten how to create their own exhibitions. With the click of a paintbrush, students...
Moments from an Interactive Exhibition
When the NEH-supported exhibition "Agayuliyararput (Our Way of Making Prayer): The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks" traveled to Seattle in 1998, the museum put Yup'ik cultural experts online to answer questions. OH WONDER FLY: What mask forms developed...
Navigating Ancient Worlds
Armed with winged sandals, a magic sword, and a cap of invisibility, Perseus set off on a quest to slay the Gorgon Medusa, a monstrous woman whose head was encircled by writhing snakes. The Perseus project at Tufts University is a digital library that...
State by State
ALABAMA "Five Cent Cotton," an exhibition featuring Farm Security Administration photographers Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans, presents a photographic portrait of the Great Depression in Alabama. The exhibition is on display at the Guntersville Museum...
The Making of a Classical Atlas
DIVIDE AND CONQUER FOR A MILLENNIUM AND A HALF THE ANCIENT GREEKS AND ROMANS SETTLED, ruled, and traded across Europe, North Africa, and western Asia. Sometimes as partners, often as enemies, they interacted with many other peoples and cultures in this...

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