From the Olympics to emojis, we’re covering it all in our favorite humanities finds of the week.
George Hanlin, director of grants:
- Looking for proof that there are still good people among us? Read about Bernhardt Wichmann III, a Korean War veteran who—though poor and voiceless—still found a way to spread joy in his Manhattan neighborhood.
- A River Runs through It is an incredibly beautiful novella, and this year it celebrates its 40th year of publication. If you haven’t read it, take it to the beach this summer. Or better yet, follow the advice of the New York Times travel section and make a journey to the breathtaking landscape where it took place.
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications and community relations manager:
- Meet the man that just scored a photographer’s dream gig! Jacob Ortiz is the new National Park Service Photographer (aka “the next Ansel Adams”). He’s passionate about shooting architecture and important buildings – a love that start in post-industrial Gary, IN. I’m excited to follow his travel and work!
- Gearing up for the Olympics? Check out the 13 posters selected to represent the Games in Rio. Usually, one official poster is selected to represent the event, but this year a collection of artists created artwork.
Leah Nahmias, director of programs and community engagement:
- So cool! If you tweet an emoji at @nyplemoji, they’ll tweet back an image from the New York Public Library depicting the same image. It’s a playful project created by the NYPL digital lab folks, and a really interesting way to share the Library’s impressive digital collections.
- Another week, another Friday Fave about Perú: This story from The New Yorker follows anthropologists and members of Perú’s Department of Native Isolated People as they attempt to make contact with the isolated Mashco people. The article relays the region’s history and the rapacious development forcing contact today, as well as raises the moral/ethical questions of when, how and whether uncontacted tribes should be left alone or attempts to assimilate them should be made (currently a charged and evolving debate among anthropologists).
- I was prepping readings for this weekend’s Next Indiana Campfire at Prophetstown State Park (join us!). Our facilitator, Shari Wagner, picked some wonderful Native American writers to feature. I especially enjoyed learning more about the writing of Pulitzer winner N. Scott Momaday. We’ll be reading part of his 1971 essay “An American Land Ethic,” which you can find here (PDF).
Mattie, administrative intern:
- It makes my heart swell with pride to know that this weekend, tens of thousands of gamers (including me!) will flock to downtown Indianapolis to enjoy GenCon, the largest gaming convention in North America. Here are a few way to get in on the excitement.
- Need some board or card game suggestions? Sushi Go, Bang!, and Ticket to Ride are a few easy-to-learn (and easy-to-love) favorites of mine. Head on over to The Game Preserve at the Fashion Mall Commons to support a local store.
- Indianapolis is well-known as a game-loving town, enough so that Australian group Good Games is breaking into the U.S. market in our capital city.
- Last but not least, stop by GenCon this weekend for panels, games of all sorts, and—of course—people watching. You may even run into Judge Rothenberg.
Bronwen, executive assistant and program associate:
- Isn’t it funny how the books we read as children can often affect us the most and stick with us the longest? Earlier this week, the New Yorker shared this meaningful collection of articles from their writing staff about revisiting books from childhood in adulthood and the experience of sharing these stories with their own children. Most of my very favorite books I first encountered before the age of ten, and my parents introduced many of those stories to me, so it definitely resonated with me.
- And while we’re on the topic of children’s literature, I was quite amused by this list of 12 Things To Do If You Want To Be Jo March, which includes practical tips to aid anyone on their journey toward becoming more like the beloved Little Women spitfire. If you’re serious about this pursuit, just know you’ll need to dye your hair brown and start writing in drafty attics!
Claire, communications intern:
- If you’re a Olympics fanatic as I am, you will find it interesting that the Olympics once hosted events in painting, architecture, writing & more of the sorts. I’d definitely vote to bring back humanities events to Olympic competition! See more about the humanities Olympics era.
Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:
- My two favorite things might be travel and sports, so for me, it doesn’t get any better than watching the Olympics. I love learning about where these amazing athletes come from and cheering on teams from all across the world. Starting tonight with the Opening Ceremony, you can bet I’ll be tearing up and getting inspired by amazing stories like this one about the Refugee Olympic Team.
- I love this chronological look at women who ran for political office in the U.S.—some even before they had the right to vote. Check out the “Her Hat Was in The Ring” database with biographical info here.
Do you have any humanities highlights from your week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.