Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 1, Winter

Around the Nation
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsALABAMA"Making Alabama," a new traveling exhibit by the Alabama Humanities Foundation celebrating the state's bicentennial, kicks off an 18-month statewide tour at the Old Supreme Court...
Editor's Note
The literary admirers of Ulysses S. Grant-commanding general of the Union Army, eighteenth president of the United States, and one heckuva memoirist-are legion. Ta-Nehisi Coates called Grant a superhero. Sherwood Anderson and Gertrude Stein considered...
Executive Function with Julie Fry
Travel a couple thousand miles northeast of the urban corridors of Julie Fry's office in downtown Oakland, and you will find the small Wisconsin town of Port Edwards, where her lifelong love of the humanities began. Growing up amidst cranberry bogs and...
Learning How to Sing the Blues
ALABAMA "WHY DO WE CARE ABOUT THE BLUES?" Alabama Blues Project after-school program instructor B. J. Reed begins every music lesson this way. The answer is obvious because the students-kindergarteners and first-graders at Flatwoods Elementary School,...
Noteworthy
HURRICANE UPDATEIn August and September 2017, hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria affected more than 25.8 million people in the United States, with the estimated cost of damages to homes, businesses, and infrastructure in the hundreds of billions of dollars....
One Off
The NEH-supported California Museum of Photography in Riverside is home to many cameras, including the Expo watch camera of the early twentieth century. Disguised as an ordinary timepiece and designed to slip into a pocket, the Expo watch camera was,...
Reading Alexander Hamilton
IN 2015, the U.S. Treasury announced it was going to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. Then came the deluge of Hamilton interest inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical, literally cabling a sputlighl on the words and actions of this important...
Shot Dead for Protesting
MUCH has happenedIN EDWARD PRATT'S LIFE since he graduated from Southern University, Baton Rouge's historically black institution of higher education, in 1975.After a long newspaper career, he took several public relations jobs, including a stint as...
Texting in Ancient Mayan Hieroglyphs
IF King Tut were around today, could he send a text in Egyptian hieroglyphics? Yes, with the right font and keyboard. That's because the writing system of the pharaohs has already been included in the Unicode Standard, meaning that a character like^...
The Bhutanese Story of a Pumpkin
NEW HAMPSHIRE WHEN HARI TIWARI WAS A YOUNG GIRL, she lived in Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom situated between India and China. Her father, a farmer, told her stories as he combed her long hair, which he did most days after Hari's mother died. One of...
The Thinker Who Believed in Doing
"BE NOT AFRAID OF LIFE. BELIEVE THAT LIFE IS WORTH LIVING AND YOUR BELIEF WILL HELP CREATE THE FACT.""THE MARTIAL TYPE OF CHARACTER CAN BE BRED WITHOUT WAR."-William JamesOn a late September morning in 1891, William James walked reluctantly to his class...
The Voice of Shirley Jackson
"Garbo Talks!"No two words on a theater marquee were more famous than those used for the 1930 film Anna Christie, the first talkie to feature Greta Garbo.In I960, devotees of fiction with a touch of terror might have exclaimed something similar: "Jackson...
THE WICKED CITY or the Story of Storyville
LOUISIANA THREE HUNDRED YEARS IS A LONG TIME TO suffer a bad reputation. In fact, the sheer longevity of the idea that New Orleans is somehow a bad girl among her sister cities makes it all but impossible to successfully challenge the idea. Take, for...
Ulysses S. Grant: THE RELUCTANT MEMOIRIST
IN LATE 1884, AFTER DELIVERING AN evening lecture at Chickering Hall, Samuel Clemens ventured out into the soggy New York City night. November had brought with it both cold and rain, leaving only a few brave souls on the dark streets.Clemens had appeared...
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