Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 1, January/February

Abstract in America
Nebraska |Abstract artist esphyr slobodkinas works can be found on the walls of the most prestigious museums in the world and also on the bookshelves of nearly every children's library in America. As one of the founders of the American Abstract movement...
Around the Nation
ARIZONAThe University of Arizona's Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy in Tucson hosts the Second International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence for teachers on Jan. 29-31.The city...
Curio
LOVE AND HATE DURING WARTIMEIn the Lizzie Gilmore collection of family letters, available through Community and Conflict, a new digital archive devoted to life in the Ozarks during the Civil War, the formalities of correspondence are all- important....
Editor's Note
During a recession, everyone reaches for their green eyeshade. Unless it's cheap, we don't buy it. If it's not certain to pay off, we don't invest. Hoping to be more practical, we risk becoming like Oscar Wilde's cynic who knows the price of everything...
Impertinent Questions WITH MELVIN I. UROFSKY
All rise. For this session of IQ, we recognize Melvin I. Urofsky, professor of law and public policy and professor emeritus of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. Urofsky, who has written and edited fifty-two books, has devoted his career to...
In Focus: North Carolina's Shelley Crisp
THROUGH HER OFFICE WINDOW. SHELLEY CRISP CAN SEE the humanities in action. We are looking at Greensboro's Center City Park, the walkways, grass commons, stone benches, fountains, and concert stage - an ideal place to escape, if briefly, from the workaday...
Jewish Pioneers: A NEW LIFE IN THE OLD WEST
New York I a lesser-known fact about the o.k. Corral was that the town had a Jewish mayor. Wyatt Earp's common-law wife was also Jewish, and so were the first non-Indian chief of the Acoma tribe, a surgeon who stormed the Alamo, as well as merchants,...
Karnak: Where the Digital Age Meets Ancient Egypt
"OH THAT THE EARTH WOULD CEASE FROM NOISE, and tumult be no more!" This was a prayer said daily in the temple complex of Karnak in ancient Egypt. The priests may have been asking for respite from the ringing of chisels and the shouts of stone masons....
The Art of Influence
Nebraska |DURING the 1920s, one of the hottest venues in the art world was the Mexican Ministry of Public Education, where Diego Rivera was painting the frescoes that would revive mural painting in the West. Rivera was world famous, considered one of...
The End of Man and the Art of Victor Segalen
EARLY IN HIS NAVAL career, the French medical officer Victor Segalen happened upon the beachside abode of artist Paul Gauguin. The year was 1903 and the rebellious painter had succumbed to the effects of syphilis three months earlier. As Segalen approached...
The Museum of Morgan
In March 1943, J. P. Morgan lay dying in his suite in Rome's Grand Hotel,which "looked like a besieged fortress," according to Jean Strouse's Morgan: American Financier. "Waves of art dealers and amateurs with bundles of things to sell descended on the...
The Politics of Love
The light rain that fell early in the morning of July 4, 1848, lasted only long enough to settle the dust on the roads of Washington City and give the summer day "a delicious freshness." The sun shone well in time for the ceremonial laying of the cornerstone...
The Spanish ULCER: Napoleon, BRITAIN, and the Siege of CÁDIZ
WHEN MARSHAL CLAUDE Victor-Perrin arrived at the gates of the island fortress of Cádiz, in Andalusia, he was confident the poorly defended town would immediately surrender. He and his troops had marched eighty-three miles in four days to take control...
Tools for the Trade
More and more primary source materials for humanities scholarship are going online. In November, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, the Darwin Manuscripts Project uploaded ten thousand...
ViOLeNt but Charming
Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none,and the best cannot be expected to go quite true." So said Samuel Johnson, according to James Boswell - and if any man can get away with making a pithy, slightly nonsensical, yet somehow illuminating...
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