Check out the best of the humanities in our team’s “Friday Faves” below.
Keira, president and CEO:
- Blast off! Submit your artwork to be included on NASA’s unmanned mission to asteroid Bennu.
- Since I share a birthday with George Washington, it is only fitting to include him in my faves during our celebratory week. In honor of Washington’s 284th birthday, check out his diary and his very mysterious hair.
Kristen, director of communications and development:
- The NEH just announced a new grant opportunity for humanities programs that benefit youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations.
- We’re excited to bring a poetry tradition back to the most famous track in the world. Have you seen our poetry contest that’s inspired by the 100th running of the Indy 500? Deadline to submit is March 21. Open to anyone, anywhere!
Leah, director of programs and community engagement:
Congratulations to Bloomington-based independent scholar Susan Ferentinos, who won the National Council for Public History’s Best Book Award for her timely and pathbreaking Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites. Hoosiers are lucky to have such leading public humanities practitioners in our midst!
Over on the National Council for Public History’s History@Work blog, my old boss Ellen Noonan at American Social History Project, herself a scholar of musical theater and race, offers a pretty fabulous and optimistic response to a recent, and in my opinion specious, critique of the musical Hamilton.
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications manager and program associate:
- The power of pen and paper! With all the digital apps out there, I love that these 16 famous designers are still obsessed with their favorite (traditional) notebooks.
- Make your street a place. Project for Public Spaces shares a few ideas for creating an “urban commons” in your own neighborhood. Wonderful ideas to encourage neighbors to interact, connect and make their community even better.
Nancy Conner, director of grants and Novel Conversations:
- Create a family tree using easy charts with Microsoft Word or Excel.
- A poet and thinker of the 17th century, John Dryden captured the spirit of his times. Read more here.
Eric Wiete, public history intern:
- The Library of Congress just announced that it has received its 100,000th oral history interview for its Veterans History Project. Approximately 20,000 interviews are readily accessible online.
- I had the privilege of submitting several of these oral histories as part of Wright State University’s Veterans’ Voices Project. This collection of archived oral history interviews is both a valuable resource for historians as well as a benefit to the veterans being interviewed.
Any humanities highlights from your week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.