Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 2, March/April

Around the Nation
COLORADOTwo films will be screened as part of the Created Equal film discussion series at Bemis Library in Littleton. On March 5, quilt historian Helen Kearney discusses the role quilts played in the everyday lives of slaves during the Civil War era,...
Calendar
Endowment-Supported EventsMarch/AprilAn exhibit of more than a hundred fifty works drawn primarily from the National Museum of Korea dazzles with paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts-particularly ceramics-in this first ever full-scale survey available...
Curio
ROOM FOR INTERPRETATIONIt's unlikely that when arriving in Alexandria, Virginia, in the 1740s from the bucolic, boisterous port of Whitehaven, England, John Carlyle would have been mulling over the "truth universally acknowledged" that opens Jane Austen's...
Editor's Note
We expect writers to have problems. Alcoholism, divorce, depression, these make sense to us as the price an artist pays for cultivating his or her talent. A story to explain the storyteller.But there are other kinds of writers. Not a few take Flaubert's...
Hannah, Andrew Jackson's Slave
THOUGH HE NO LONGER HOLDS AN EXALTED place in the American imagination, Andrew Jackson continues to draw attention. Witness Jon Meacham's Pulitzer Prizewinning biography, American Lion, which chronicled the triumphs and travails of the seventh president's...
Homegrown History
KANSAS IN 1980, GREG HOOTS ROLLED INTO ALMA, KANSAS, a cocky young deliveryman desperate to save his job.Told by his United Parcel Service boss he'd no longer be needed after the Christmas rush, Hoots jumped at a chance to postpone the layoff by covering...
Impertinent Questions
For this round of IQ, we're humming along with Annegret Fauser, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Music and adjunct professor in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a musicologist, Fauser focuses...
Picture the South
GEORGIA A GORGEOUS 1931 POST OFFICE-TURNEDlibrary-turned-art gallery sits in the middle of the main thoroughfare of Monroe (pop. 13,000), just between the city park and the Wells Fargo branch on Broad Street.This fortuitous location came about because...
Quiltmaking Engineer
NEBRASKA OVER FIFTY-TWO YEARS OF QUILTMAKING, Ernest B. Haight created an extraordinary number of quilts, more than three hundred. At least twenty of them won ribbons at the Butler County Fair and the Nebraska State Fair. What was the secret to his success?...
Radio Voices
IOWA OVER THE SHRIEK OF WHISTLES, THE DRONE OF plane engines, and the crackle of a shortwave military radio, Jack Shelley, reporting from the Forest of Ardennes, described the Battle of the Bulge to Americans in the Midwest tuned into WHO Radio.The battle...
The American Language: A Historical Database of English in the U.S
While this bon mot has the advantage of being admirably succinct, it leaves something to be desired in terms of completeness. What other differences are there between a job and a career?For one thing, the word job is considerably more common than career,...
The DEVASTATION of 1918
ON SEPTEMBER 12, 1918, DR. ROYAL S. COPELAND put the entire Port of New York City under quarantine. As health commissioner, he needed a way to keep what looked to be a nasty influenza from infiltrating the city. During the previous five weeks, a few...
The First AMERICANS
IN THE 1970s, COLLEGE STUDENTS in archaeology such as myself learned that the first human beings to arrive in North America had come over a land bridge from Asia and Siberia approximately 13,000 to 13,500 years ago. These people, the first North Americans,...
The Otherworldly Malamud
"A SMALL MIRACLE HAS COME TO PASS.' Bernard Malamud said in 1959, accepting the National Book Award for his short story collection The Magic Barrel. The miracle was that the short story was being so honoredthe form, in many ways, Malamud was best at,...
The Quiet Greatness of Eudora Welty
IKE Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, and a few others, Eudora Welty endures in national memory as the perpetual senior citizen, someone tenured for decades as a silver-haired elder of American letters. Her abiding maturity made her seem, perhaps long before...
The Trial of Hannah Arendt
FIFTY YEARS AGO, ON OCTOBER 28,1964, a televised conversation between the German-Jewish political theorist, Hannah Arendt, and the well-known German journalist, Günter Gaus, was broadcast in West Germany. Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the...
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