Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 2, March/April

2009 Eight Who Make a Difference
National Humanities MedalistsUNITED BY A COMMON LOVE FOR TRUTH AND BEAUTY, the 2009 Humanities Medalists are singular individuals who have made uncommon contributions to our cultural and intellectual life. Their achievements include bearing witness to...
AMERICAN Zenophilia
AMERICANS MOST LIKE BUDDHISM. Corporate America thinks so, judging from a host of recent advertisements. While associating their products with organized religion is something most companies avoid, GNC has marketed a dietary supplement as "Fully Empowered...
Around the Nation
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsALABAMA"Dora and the V-2: Slave Labor in the Space Age" is on display at the University of Alabama in Huntsville through March 12. The exhibition explores slave labor used in the construction...
Better Living through Spelling
CONNECTICUT AS A STUDENT AT YALE AND A MEMBER OF the Connecticut militia during the American Revolution, Noah Webster took up the battle cry of democracy. After graduation in 1778, Webster was convinced the only way to unite the fledgling republic was...
Calendar
Endowment-Supported EventsThoroughbred, a film from Kentucky Educational Television, airing March 8, covers turf from the Arabian Desert to Churchill Downs, offering a timeless glimpse into the history of horse racing and portraits of the aficionados...
Editor's Note
Zipping through some recent American writings on Buddhism a few weeks ago, I came across an article by a Buddhist named Damaris Williams. It was about a meditation marathon she'd taken part in.For twenty-four hours straight, Williams assumed the lotus...
Great Scott!
In an "abandoned tramp's hotel that had become too filthy even for the tramps," a bohemian circle of actors, writers, and society figures founded Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré in 1919, one of the first steps in revitalizing what had become New Orleans's...
Hollywood by Design
OKLAHOMA LEGENDARY COSTUME DESIGNER EDITH HEAD began her sixty-year Hollywood career under false pretenses. A teacher at the Hollywood School for Girls with no experience in costume design, save a drawing class she was enrolled in, Head applied for a...
Impertinent Questions WITH EDWIN L. BATTISTELLA
Flying machines, bodybuilding courses, and even lessons in good grammar have all been marketed through scrawny-type ads in the backs of magazines. In the back of this magazine, we present Edwin L. Battistella, an NEH summer fellow and professor of English...
Portrait of the Artist before and After
THERE WAS PROBABLY NO BETTER TIME for Thomas Hart Benton to write his autobiography than in 1937. An Artist in America describes Benton's life and thoughts, his tumultuous role in the art world, and his plans for further glory, all with the bravado of...
Remains of the Day
Between June 14 and July 27, 1794, hundreds of nobles, shopkeepers, clergy, corset makers, vintners, and other "suspicious" citizens were executed by guillotine at Place de Ia Nation in Paris, it was the height of the French Revolution - Robespierre's...
Sailor of Fortune
A FEW MONTHS ACU, I DEVELOPED A BIG-TlME CRUSH ON A SAILOR. We're very different, he and I. Language, an ocean, spouses, and six centuries separate us.His name is Michalli da Ruodo, or Michael of Rhodes. He sailed for Venice in the days when her merchants...
Songs of the Times
IDAHO THE LOMAXES DIDNT GET TO IDAHO." SAYS musician and song collector Gary Eller. That's Eller's theory of why Idaho-born songs remained silent for decades in dusty archives or family attics. When John and Alan Lomax predicted the devastation that...
Sweet Auburn
Not far from the Harvard University campus,in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mt. Auburn Street is busy and clogged with traffic during the morning rush hour as commuters and their cars creep across the urban landscape of auto shops, supermarkets, and liquor...
Treasures to Save
Five of the forty-one Save America's Treasures (SAT) grants recently awarded by the National Park Service will be administered by NEH. They cover materials ranging from architectural records to post-World War II television documentaries to the papers...
VEGAS'S Revolutionary Recluse
NEVADA HOWARD HUGHES ARRIVED SECRETLY IN LAS VEGAS via private train on Thanksgiving Day, 1966. After receiving a $500-million windfall from the sale of his stock in Trans World Airlines, Hughes left his home in Los Angeles for the Nevada desert to avoid...
WHALING the Old Way
"WHAT DO YE DO WHEN YE SEE A WHALE, MEN?'"Sing out for him!" was the impulsive rejoinder from a score of clubbed voices."Good!" cried Ahab, with a wild approval in his tones; observing the hearty animation into which his unexpected question had so magnetically...
Wisconsin's Dena Wortzel
WHEN DENA WORTZEL CAME TO Wisconsin in the early 1 99Os1 she knew very little about rural life. For starters, she had never been inside a dairy barn."Our life stories always affect the way we see the world.'* says Wortzel. executive director of the Wisconsin...

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