Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 2, March/April

A New Look at Old Buildings
FROM THE NAVE floor of the Amiens Cathedral in northern France, Stephen Murray's gaze sweeps upward to the vault high above. "This really is my favorite view inside the cathedral," he says, pointing out the diagonal and transverse ribs that criss-cross...
A Roundup of Activities
Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsALABAMAThe Gulf Coast Exploreum in Mobile will present an exhibition of twelve Dead Sea Scrolls through April 24. The exhibition includes five scrolls that have never been exhibited outside Israel. See page 28."Key...
Beyond the Laboratory
A sampling of NEH-supported projects on the history of science and technologyThe Wizard of Menlo ParkThe latest volume of the Papers of Thomas Aha Edison covers the years 1878 through 1881, when Edison invented a complete system of electric light and...
Biblical Beginnings
BIBLICAL BEGINNINGSTHE LARGEST EXHIBITION OF DEAD SEA SCROLLS MOUNTED IN THE United States is on display at the Gulf Coast Exploreum in Mobile, Alabama, until April 24. The traveling exhibition showcases fragments of twelve scrollsfive of which have...
Brainstorming
In a scientific publication in 1905, a twenty-six-year-old German patent officer named Albert Einstein proclaimed that space and time were not absolute. His simple equation, e = mc^sup 2^, would change how humans imagine the universe. "Newton, forgive...
Circle of Friends
ROBERT PENN WARREN HAD A circle of writing friends. They summered at "camp" in Vermont, gathered for the holidays, hobnobbed around the world. The novelist Katherine Anne Porter was matron of honor for Warren's marriage to the writer Eleanor Clark and...
Discipline and Play: The Art of Engineering
A Conversation with David BillingtonNEH Chairman Bruce Cole spoke recently with David Billington about the beauty, economy, and innovation of structural art. Billington is professor of civil engineering and operations research at Princeton University...
In Focus
Wyoming's Marcia Wolter BrittonWith almost three times as many cattle as people and spanning 97,809 square miles, Wyoming is frontier country."Some people who come to visit from more populated areas actually are frightened by the remoteness, but I think...
JAZZ and the Avant-Garde
MUSIC HALLS WERE ONLY ONE PATH BY WHICH JAZZ became a familiar part of French entertainment in the 1920s. Avant-garde musicians who incorporated it into their creations were another. By the early twentieth century, many composers were seeking sources...
Meeting Willie Stark
A MASTER OF PROSE AND POETRYRobert Penn Warren is the only writer to win Pulitzer Prizes for both prose and poetry. The prize in prose came in 1947 for All the King's Men, which uses the enigmatic Willie Stark to expose the unsavory side of southern...
Save America's Treasures
The Save America's Treasures (SAT) program has awarded $14.5 million through sixty grants to help conserve historic properties and collections; eight of the grants will be administered by NEH. The program is administered by the National Park Service...
Science Moves West
By the twelfth century, europeans had awakened to the realization that a civilization with a scientific tradition vastly richer than theirs flourished in the Mediterranean: the empire of the Muslim caliphs, extending from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic...
"The Best Place in the World"
THIS YEAR MARKS THE CENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF ROBERT PENN WARREN, THE ONLY PERSON TO WIN THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR BOTH PROSE AND POETRY. IN THIS EXCERPT FROM JOSEPH BLOTNER'S BIOGRAPHY, ROBERT PENN WARREN, THE WRITER BEGINS HIS COLLEGE CAREER AT VANDERBILT...
The Crucible of the Cotton Club
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Harold Arlen, who composed hundreds of songs including "Over the Rainbow" and "Stormy Weather." Before Arlen hit Broadway and Hollywood, he got his start working at the Cotton Club.HAROLD ARLEN'S...
The Elasticity of Time
ALBERT EINSTEIN PUT FORTH HIS THEORY OF RELATIVITY ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO. THERE WERE DOUBTERS, ESPECIALLY, WITH REGARD TO HIS IDEAS ABOUT TIME, BUT INGENIOUS TESTS OF THE THEORY WERE TO CONFIRM EINSTEIN'S PREDICTIONS.IN DECEMBER OF 1923 A PIECE OF DOGGEREL...