We’re talking Teddy Roosevelt, New York Time’s book dating service and more in our favorite humanities finds of the week. Read on!
Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:
- Eva Kor’s story is one of forgiveness—not of pity. Take a moment to read this Indy Star article and then plan a visit to the CANDLES Museum in Terre Haute. Also, we helped fund an upcoming WFYI documentary on her story. Proud to help others learn about her inspiring message and outlook on the past and the future.
George Hanlin, director of grants:
If you’re a book lover, I encourage you to attend Interrobang, a festival celebrating the craft and the art of the book. It takes place April 21-22 at the Book Arts Collaborative in Muncie and features a number of presentations about the history of books and bookmaking, printing, and typography. Speakers include representatives from the famous Hatch Show Print and from the Twinrocker handmade paper company. Learn more and register.
I’m writing this First Friday entry from New York, where I’ll soon head up the Hudson to see Springwood (home of Franklin D. Roosevelt) and Val-Kill (Eleanor Roosevelt’s nearby cottage). Yesterday featured a visit to Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace in Manhattan. (His home at Sagamore Hill will have to wait for another trip.) Though I’ve long been a fan of the Roosevelts, my interest recently reached a new level after I finally watched Ken Burns’s 2014 PBS documentary The Roosevelts on Netflix. If you haven’t viewed it, it’s worth the 14-hour investment. Regardless of your political affiliation, there’s no denying that the Roosevelts played a huge role in shaping modern-day America, and this outstanding documentary helps tell the story.
Leah Nahmias, director of programs:
The creative people at CUNY’s Digital Commons put together this NEH Impact Index, which lets you search by zip code to see NEH-funded projects and work in your area. Great tool for advocacy (would love if they could work with state councils to get our data into their hands…)
Match Book, a new column from the New York Times, matches book lovers with their next favorite read, a la an old-fashioned advice column or dating service.
As a kid, Carl Sagan looked up at stars and wondered what they were. “Look,” his mother said to him, “we just got you a library card. Take it, get on the streetcar, and go to the New Utrecht branch of the New York Public Library, get out a book and find out.” Sagan’s essay “Wonder and Skepticism,” about the importance of libraries for young curious and skeptical minds, is a perfect Quantum Leap read.
Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:
Did you remember that Mr. Darcy proposed to Elizabeth Bennett on Easter? Here’s an archived article from The Guardian that lists the top ten Easter scenes in literature.
I’m interested in checking out this new biopic about Emily Dickinson starring Cynthia Nixon. Considering the agoraphobic nature of the character, though, I think this will be a pretty far cry from Sex and the City!
Claire Mauschbaugh, events and communications associate:
- On the anniversary of her death, Google has curated photos from the life and work of Rachel Carson, renowned biologist, environmentalist and author of Silent Spring.
- As a typographile, I loved this article on the history of “Bakersville”. Learn more about the famous font!
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