April 22, 2016
Friday Faves: April 22

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 highlighting our favorite finds of the week.

Keira, president and CEO:

Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:

  • If you missed it, the debate over putting a woman on our currency was finally resolved this week. Here’s a look at how it’s all going to change in 2020 and commentary on what it might really mean to us all (with a smattering of Hamilton musical references of course).
  • The Earth Day Indiana Festival is at Military Park on Saturday. Celebrate your love of the Earth with all-ages friendly activities, music, vendors, etc.

Leah, director of programs and community engagement:

  • I can’t believe it has taken me this long to start following Merriam-Webster on Twitter. This post on Janus words (words that are their own opposites—I’ll wait while your mind explodes and pieces itself back together) caught my attention first. Sadly, this post on shelf-awareness also became relevant this week (RIP, Prince).
  • I love when priceless artworks are discovered in hidden attics and the like. Caravaggio’s rendering of Judith beheading Holofernes was found in France recently. A few years ago I saw a powerful exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago about how artists have treated the Biblical story that has strong feminist overtones, especially Florentine Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi’s version (you can’t help but read her own experience as a rape victim into her take).
  • While we’re talking Renaissance, this past week was also Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday. The great humanist perfectly captured a sentiment that guides all us public humanists: “The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”

Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications manager and program associate:

  • Animated poetry. Watch as ten designers turn poems into even more beautiful works of art.
  • “Reading literature can increase a person’s happiness, decrease stress, and unlock the imagination.” From biblio-therapy to virtual bookshelf, learn more about why ‘shelfies’ are a true snapshot of a person. (This article made me want to update my GoodReads account…STAT).

Nancy Conner, director of grants and Novel Conversations:

Do you have any humanities highlights from this week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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