Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 1, January/February

2005 National Humanities Medalist
ONE PERSON SEARCHES FOR ANCIENT ARTIFACTS, ANOTHER leads students through great books, while another examines long-held traditions to guide behavior. What the winners of this year's National Humanities Medal share is a belief in the relevance of understanding...
ALEXANDER HAMILTON: THE MAN WHO Modernized Money
IN 1773, A WEALTHY CARIBBEAN businessman saw promise in a West Indian orphan named Alexander Hamilton. With his passage paid for with two loads of sugar from this patron, the sixteen-year-old Hamilton set sail for North America, his ship docking in Boston...
A Life in Letters: The Story of John and Abigail Adams
"Statues and monuments will never be erected to me, nor flattering orations spoken, to transmit me to posterity in brilliant Colors, wrote John Adams. Defeated and bitter after losing the 1800 election for a second term as president, Adams believed that...
A Roundup of Activities
Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsALABAMAThe Hoover Public Library will hold Southern Voices, a conference of writers, musicians and artists from February 16 through 19. This year's event will include mystery writer Harlan Coben, detective novelist...
Ben Franklin: "The Man of Sense"
There is a litany used to describe Ben Franklin: inventor, printer, diplomat. This January is the three hundredth anniversary of his birth, and scholar Alan Houston takes the occasion to look at another side of the man.BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S CONDUCT AS...
Editor's Note
AMERICA'S BEGINNINGS"The man to whom the country is most indebted for the great measure of independency is Mr. John Adams of Boston," a delegate to the Continental Congress wrote. "I call him the Atlas of American independence."Other delegates were less...
In Focus: Idaho's Rick Ardinger
IN 1976, RICK ARDINGER AND HIS WIFE ROSALIND started producing a literary publication, The Limberlost Review. Each copy of the review was folded and stapled on the couple's kitchen table. In 1985, the Ardingers added a letterpress to their venture. They...
Mexican Masters
SMALLER SCALE WORKS by Mexico's most famous muralists, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco, are on display in Oklahoma.A new exhibition at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art offers a rare glimpse of the artists' stylistic range....
Noteworthy
SAVE AMERICA'S TREASURESThree grants will help preserve Indian art and documents in the latest round of awards under the Save America's Treasures program.The Huntington Free Library Native American Collection at Cornell University will receive $250,000...
Riding High
On the Rodeo CircuitIN THE EARLY YEARS OF RODEO, cowboys resorted to biting steers on the nose, a prize could be a pair of dungarees, and women competed against men in all the events. Ralph R. Doubleday recorded this period during his thirty years as...
Women of Influence
A CONVERSATION with COKIE ROBERTSNEH Chairman Bruce Cole talked recently with ABC and NPR news analyst Cokie Roberts about her most recent book, Founding Mothers, and the role women played in the early days of the Republic.BRUCE COLE: I'm very interested...
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