Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, January/February

Around the Nation
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsARIZONAPlay BallTHE CACTUS LEAGUE, the group of Major League Baseball teams that hold their spring training in Arizona, got its start in 1946 when the Cleveland Indians moved their camp...
Curio
MR. MANNERSFrom The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition, ed. Theodore J. Crackel. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, Rotunda, 2007. Reprinted with permission of University of Virginia Press.At George Washington's request, Alexander...
Dancing American
Jerome Robbins built a new style from classical and modern partsWhen the curtain goes up on Jerome Robbins's Fancy Free, the authence gazes at a set that evokes New York City in the 1940s: a quiet corner, an empty bar, a lamppost. A recording of a blues...
Historian for Hire
A conversation with Phil CantelonScholar-entrepreneur Phil Cantelon has discovered that it is possible to make research and writing pay. In 198G, he and three colleagues hung a shingle for their services as historians, building a business whose clients...
Impertinent Questions with William M. Reddy
William M. Reddy has made a career of demonstrating how honor, love, shame, fear, and desire operate as historical forces. In The Invisible Code: Honor and Sentiment in Postrevoiutionary France, 1814-1848 and The Navigation of Feeling: A Framework for...
In Focus: California's Ralph Lewin
RALPH LEWIN HAS BEEN STEPPING INTO STORIES ALL HIS LIFE. As the son of a German-born mother and a Jewish father whose family fled Russia during the pogroms of the nineteenth century, Lewin learned to think of himself early on as "someone who was able...
Lincoln's Centennial
AT EIGHT O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING ON FEBRUARY 1 2, 1 909, THE FORTS around New York Harbor, the battleships in port, and the National Guard field batteries fired a salute in honor of Abraham Lincoln's centenary. At noon the Gettysburg Address was read...
Lincoln the Great
THOUGH HE DIDN'T LOOK THAT WAY AT THE TIMETHE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR AND THE ENIGMATIC MAN whose election in 1 860 precipitated it hold an inexhaustible interest for us. Thousands of volumes on both subjects have streamed out of publishing houses in the...
TEN WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: 2008 National Humanities Medalists
CARETAKERS.THEY PRESERVE KNOWLEDGE AND ENSURE THE LONGEVITY OF OUR INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING. THEY ARE THIS YEAR'S NATIONAL HUMANITIES MEDALISTS AND THEY TAKE THE DUTIES OF CARETAKING VERY SERIOUSLY. THE GROUP INCLUDES SCHOLARS, PHILANTHROPISTS, JOURNALISTS,...
The New Here
A VISIT WITH SABIHA AL KHEMIRIN AN ESSAY PREFACING THE CATALOG for the 2006 exhibition "From Cordoba to Samarqand" at the Louvre, Sabiha Al Khemir writes of the "new here": the shift in surroundings that occurs as objects become removed from their original...
THE Utterly Civilized Wilder
A writer of his time-and oursWhen playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder was young, he looked old. At age twenty-four, he was balding, pear-shaped, and bespectacled. His dress was that of a middle-aged banker. Nor did he come to be less of a fuddy-duddy...
Who Said It?
Presidential Love Letters EditionWhen they are defending their policies or the honor of their country, American presidents can get downright testy. But they have a softer side, which they show to the women who have captured their hearts. Below are snippets...
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