Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 2, March/April

America Word for Word
An interview with Anna Deavere SmithNB3H Chairman William "Bro" Adame talked with the 2015 Jefferson Lecturer Amia Deavere Smith on February 3i\1 in New York City, discussing her method for developing stage material, her teaching, and her latest project..WILLIAM...
Around the Nation
ARIZONASpeakers Bureau programs taking place include "Women of the Arizona State Prison," with H. Christine Reid at Roadhaven Resort in Apache Junction on March 23, and "Winslow's La Posada: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Harvey Grand Hotel," with...
August Wilson's Blues Poetry
IF THE BLUES IS THE WASH OF BLACK SUFFERING hung up to dry in the sun of pitiless self-reflection, then August Wilson was our greatest lyrical washerman. He was also the most gifted blues poet on the American stage. He bathed the soil of bigotry in the...
Books Forever
Scholarly books and monographs have traditionally had small print runs and long shelf lives, but only at academic libraries. Now, NEH is partnering with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to provide $1 million to make these works free to readers outside...
Calendar
With more than one hundred forty objects, ephemera, sound recordings, and film clips, "Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008"- on view now at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn.-immerses visitors in the singular...
Curio
THE POWER OF DISPLAYThe full story behind the grizzly-claw necklace festooned with fur in a display case at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has the makings of a classic adventure tale. Dating from around I860, the Central Plains artifact would have...
Death of a President
SHOT ON GOOD FRIDAY AND DEAD ON SATURDAY: The timing of the assassination made Easter Sunday 1865 a particularly important-and confusing- occasion, as shocked mourners came to church for what should have been a day of rejoicing over both the resurrection...
Editor's Note
I remember a college professor saying that in our papers for his class we should sound not like lawyers, but judges: reserved and impartial. It is the objective voice we know from instruction manuals, reference works, and even some magazines. Well, this...
Gardens of PRESIDENTS
PENNSYLVANIA DURING THE CONTENTIOUS DELIBERATIONS of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, held in Philadelphia from May to September, an excursion into the country provided a welcome diversion for a handful of delegates.Their destination on that July...
Grimm TreaSure
two hundred yews wo, two youn<j german librarians by tKe names of Jacob and Wilhelm ^rimm published a collection of tales that would become one of the most influential worKs of folklore in Germany, Europe, and eventually the world.between 1212 and...
Impertinent Questions
This IQ follows anthropology professor Daniel Sayers as he wades through the story of generations of escaped slaves who lived in the Great Dismal Swamp from the early seventeenth century till the Civil War. An NEH-funded film. Landscapes of Power: Freedom...
Our Contemporary, Montaigne
In 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson gave one of the most important speeches in American history, an address at Harvard University in which he urged students to fulfill the country's political independence by being intellectually and culturally independent,...
PROTECTING ART in War
CONNECTICUT DEANE KELLER WAS FORTY-TWO YEARS old in 1943 and handier with a paintbrush than a gun, but still he was determined to serve his country. As it turned out, this Yale University art professor had skills the Allies badly needed: He knew Italy,...
THEATER of WAR
for the first few years after I got back, everything rhymed with war. Then one day, I'm on the subway, half dozing on my commute, when a jolt makes me look up in a crowded train and I realize I've forgotten it all. I have to say, 'Wait, I was a soldier...
THE Many FACES of ANNA DEAVERE SMITH
EVEN IN AN ERA WHEN ANYONE with a computer connection can broadcast their own life story for everyone or no one to consider, Anna Deavere Smith continues to shock and dazzle audiences with her stage portraits of the humble and the great. A hybrid artist...
Thinking about the West
MONTANA FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, USA Simon and David Moore have been reminding people, through the power of literature, what it means to live in the West. Their work isn't flashy or bold, but it carries the weight of words well written and well spoken....
Warrior Scholars
Making the transition from military life to student life can be tricky to navigate. Since 2012, Yale University has offered immersive academic boot camps for enlisted military veterans who are embarking on a four-year undergraduate program. They read...
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