Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 5, September/October

A Battle over Books
WEST VIRGINIA IN THE SPRING OF 1974, THE BOARD OF education for Kanawha County, West Virginia, took up a motion to purchase new language arts textbooks - over three hundred separate titles in all. The discussion turned contentious. State guidelines instructed...
Around the Nation
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsARIZONAThe University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson has produced an audio anthology featuring music from the Bilingual Corrido contest for high school students, and will hold panel...
Black Walden
Elise Lemire discovers a local history of slavery in the freethinking capital of nineteenth-century America.THE LEAFY, AFFLUENT TOWN OF CONCORD, Massachusetts, holds a unique place in the national imagination. Many call it the birthplace of liberty:...
Calendar
Endowment-Supported Events"God is high above and the tsar is far away" went the saying around 1840 at Fort Ross, the coastal settlement about eighty miles north of San Francisco, where the Russian-American Company hunted and raised food to send to the...
Editor's Note
The great fear of those in the business of promoting the humanities is that people will realize we have nothing new to say. It's not actually true that we have nothing new to say, but even if it were, well, that would be a problem only if the only things...
Fast Track to Sainthood
St. Francis has gone in and out of style. Before he was a saint, he was the founder of a radical order of mendicant friars set to live like Christ - in poverty and preaching the gospel to anyone who would listen: birds, wolves, infidels, and even the...
Grassroots Modern
NEW YORK DANCERS TAKE TO THE COUNTRYThe dance revolution was fought on many fronts, but the key battle took place at Vermont's Bennington College. It was here in the 1930s, amid the cow farms in the bucolic Green Mountains, that the giants of modern...
Gross Injustice: The Slave Trade by the Numbers
350 years.43,600 voyages.12.5 million Africans forced aboard European and American slave ships.10.7 million survivors of the Middle Passage disembarked in the New World. Roughly.When it comes to taking the global dimensions of so vast and enduring a...
Happy Camp
OREGON SO, WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?Not necessarily an easy question to answer, but about eighty high school seniors from all over Oregon set out this summer to try. At a three-day overnight retreat hosted by Oregon Humanities at the University of Portland,...
Impertinent Questions: LAURA CLARIDGE
Faced with a challenging social situation, those who want to mind their manners might ask, What would Emily Post do? In her biography, Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age. Mistress of American Manners (Random House, 2009), Laura Claridge asks, Who...
In Focus: West Virginia's Ken Sullivan
THE WORD SESQUICENTENNIAL IS VERY MUCH on Ken Sullivan's mind just now.The state of West Virginia will mark its one- h und red- andfiftieth birthday on June 20, 20 1 3. Sullivan, executive director of the West Virginia Humanities Council, is determined...
Livingstone in a New Light
Scholars place great emphasis on gaining access to original historical documents such as personal letters and diaries, yet access alone is sometimes not enough. A host of analytical tools may be needed to expose what modesty, pride, or ambition left...
Mile High Station
COLORADO DENVER ALMOST DIDN'T BECOME DENVER. Prospectors were not striking it rich panning for gold. Leaders of the infant mining town at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River felt they needed bigger, heavier equipment to dig deeper...
Minnesota Originals
MINNESOTA MORE THAN 250 PHOTOGRAPHS HANG IN storefronts and (in buildings along University Avenue, a artery connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis. Taken by Wing Young Huie, these locally celebrated pictures comprise a fouryear visual study of the avenue...
"My Sejanus"
ON OCTOBER 18 IN THE YEAR 31 CE, THE ROMAN SENATE CONVENED, PREPARED to confer ultimate power on the second man in the empire, Lucius Aelius Seianus. Over the previous decade and more, Sejanus fas he is known in English) had ruthlessly consolidated his...
Name-Dropping in Rhode Island
Familiarly known as the "Ocean State," Rhode Island's full official name includes "and Providence Plantations," words the state legislature has resolved to drop. Voters will have a chance to weigh in on November 2. In the meantime, the Pettaquamscutt...
THE UNITED STATES OF MESTiZO
ONE LEARNS LITTLE ABOUT THE ENDLESS mind-rattling permutations of the word mestizo from the simple, straightforward definition offered by the Diccionario de la Lengua Española, the official lexicographic arm of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language,...