March 24, 2017
Friday Faves: Mar. 24

Connect to links we love, programs we admire, events to look forward to, folks to follow and great work in the public humanities.

We’re talking dictionaries, LEGOS and more in our favorite humanities finds of the week. Read on!

Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:

  • Have you seen the letter to the editor from our board of directors requesting continued support from the NEH? Here’s another article from board member Sandy Sasso.
  • Web stars, a Twitter account that often goes viral…not something one might associate with Merriam-Webster, but it’s true. Learn more about the word nerds behind the oldest dictionary publisher in the U.S.

George Hanlin, director of grants:

  • Just in time for the launch of Indiana Humanities’ Quantum Leap initiative (which ties the humanities to the sciences), I came across this article on the demise of the beloved banana. It’s a fascinating look at agriculture, genetics, disease, human instincts, and history and how they all work together to impact the foods we consume.
  • Looking for a road trip this weekend? Consider traveling to northwest Indiana to check out the new Nelson Algren Museum, which holds its grand opening at 3 p.m. (CDT) on Sunday, March 26, at 541 S. Lake St. in the Miller Beach section of Gary. Algren, best known for his 1949 novel The Man with the Golden Arm, lived in Miller

Leah Nahmias, director of programs:

Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:

Keira Amstutz, president and CEO:

  • Read this Quantum Leap inspired piece on how philosophy may have played a bigger role in the history of computer science than math.  This is a fascinating look at how an understanding of the humanities can open up new windows of discovery in STEM fields.
  • I can’t wait for this exhibit to open at the Indianapolis Museum of Art!

Claire Mauschbaugh, communications and event associate:

  • There’s always something awe-inspiring about the atmosphere of libraries. This photographer captured the grandeur of America’s most majestic libraries in these 360 degree photos

Have a few you want to share? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Photo via New York Times
Photo via New York Times
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