We’re highlighting our favorite finds of the week. Check out these “can’t-miss” links:
Keira, president and CEO:
- Bookworms, rejoice! An app that lets you text like Williams Shakespeare.
- This post combines two of my loves – food and Indiana history. Read more about 9 Indiana restaurants loaded with history.
- The power of libraries and librarians! The Indy Star details why ‘Sister Shanika’ is the heart and soul of Indy neighborhood.
Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:
- Our own Nancy Conner is featured in this NUVO article by Dan Wakefield about Indiana’s approach to welcoming Japanese Americans after their stay in internment camps (her mother was in one) and today’s Syrian refugees.
- The Northwest Indiana Times is hosting a series of Indiana Next conversations and will chat about the topic of transportation on April 11 in Dyer, Indiana. Add your voice to the discussion.
Leah, director of programs and community engagement:
- I follow Pew Research on Twitter to learn about the many aspects of American life that they poll. I loved reading their most recent data and graphs about the demographics of library users and life-long learners.
- I really enjoyed this special podcast episode “The Media v. OJ Simpson” from the Bill Simmons empire, which was a great companion piece to FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson and the Jeffery Toobin book it’s based on. All three give insights into the case that captivated the nation and the themes—policing and race, the scrutiny on working women, celebrity and reality TV—that are still so relevant today.
- Our good friend Anne Laker, former Indiana Humanities staffer and frequent collaborator on TEDxIndianapolis and Next Indiana Campfires, is tweeting tiny diary entries she’s been keeping since 1985. It’s part of her Creative Renewal Fellowship project with the Arts Council off Indianapolis. Check out 10000whens to follow along.
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications manager and program associate:
- The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is quickly approaching – and there are plenty of ways to get in on the celebration. I encourage you to check out “Welcome Race Fans” brought to you by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and sign up to host your own Porch Party to truly toast to the Month of May!
- Are you a trivia master? Prove your Hoosier IQ with at Next Indiana Trivia Night on Monday, April 11 at Sun King Brewing. Learn more.
- Okay, this mural is truly EPIC and a fantastic reminder that sometimes you need to change your perspective to see the beauty around you.
Nancy Conner, director of grants and Novel Conversations:
- Read historian and digital humanist Jen Guiliano’s blog.
- April 10-16 is National Library Week! Check this Facebook page for ways to participate.
Eric Wiete, public history intern:
- I came across an amazing museum, The American Museum of Fly Fishing. “The American Museum of Fly Fishing is the steward of the history, traditions, and practices of the sport of fly fishing and promotes the conservation of its waters. The Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, studies, and interprets the artifacts, art, and literature of the sport and, through a variety of outreach platforms, uses these resources to engage, educate, and benefit all.” Check out the museum’s online exhibit: A Graceful Rise: Women in Fly Fishing Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
Do you have any humanities highlights from this week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.