Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 6, November/December

A Roundup of Activities
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIAA series of panels and lectures honoring Dr. Charles R. Drew will be held at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. on December 4. Drew was best known for his research on storing and shipping blood plasma, work...
California Today
IN THE SAME WAY THAT JOHN STEINBECK and Dorothea Lange documented the California of the Great Depression, the California Council for the Humanities is chronicling life in California today."Trying to figure out one narrative for California is very difficult,"...
Editor's Note
Rescuing Our Past"One of humanity's defining moments" is the way curator Joan Aruz describes the civilizations that arose in the Mesopotamia basin four millennia ago. The places have a magic to them-Babylon, Samarra, Ninevah-and in the midst of war,...
In Focus: Joe Kelly
"In PHILADELPHIA, YOU HAD TO BE EITHER six years old or in first grade to get your library card," Joe Kelly recalls. "I can remember nagging my parents to get me to the library as soon as I was legally able to go."Kelly's lifelong affection for libraries...
Life in Ancient Crete
Researchers have discovered what appears to be the oldest government building in the Aegean.RESEARCHERS HAVE DISCOVERED WHAT appears to be the oldest government building yet found in the ancient Creek world. "Because it dates back to about 600 to 500...
Looking Back on a Legacy of Liberty
The Gettysburg Address may be the most successful failure in the history of public speaking. Although now considered one of America's most significant and inspiring speeches, it left a very different impression when it was first delivered on November...
Pieces of the PAST
A sampler of NEH projectsEVIDENCE OF TROYThe University of Cincinnati received $182,000 from NEH to build a website about ancient Troy. Based on recent archaeological work done in Turkey, the website will enable students to learn about Troy through archaeological,...
She Sails Again
AS HE SAILED INTO HARBOR WITH HIS SHIP full of goods, Oliver Williams could see the American flag flying over Fort Mackinac. It was a ruse. The island was in British hands. The War of 1812 had started.The British confiscated his ship, the Friends Good...
The Golden HOARD
AN ANCIENT AFGHAN TREASURE IS RECOVEREDA TWO-THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD Afghan treasure has come to light after a quarter century of rumors, legends, and speculation. Ibex figurines and jeweled scabbards and golden beasts-nearly twenty-one thousand pieces in...
Tracing the Buddhist Path
TRANSLATlONS OF THE OLDEST EXISTING BUDDHIST (writings are changing how scholars believe the religion developed.Nineteen-hundred-year-old manuscripts from the Gandhara region offer a rare glimpse of the religion as it expanded from its native India around...
Tracking LOST EMPIRES
A new database documents Iraqi sitesIN 140 B.C.E. THE GREEK POET ANTIPATER OF SIDON composed a list of seven architectural wonders. He included the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the city's impregnable walls, fortifications so broad that there was "room...
Uncovering a Sunken Treasure
A conversation with David and Greg HawleyIn 1988, the Hawley family unearthed a steamboat that had sunk before the Civil War. NEH Chairman Bruce Cole talked with the brothers recently about their change from treasure hunters into preservationists and...
Upstairs Down Stairs
Plantation Life at MonticelloIN 1776, THOMAS JEFFERSON MADE A CENSUS OF THE "NUMBER OF SOULS" IN HIS FAMILY. They totaled 117 and included his wife, daughter, paid overseers and their families, and eighty-three slaves who, in Jefferson's words, "labor...

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