We’re kicking off February with a fantastic list of can’t-miss finds. Check out our favorite humanities links of the week.
Keira Amstutz, president and CEO:
- As you may have heard, several news outlets have reported on the possible plan to eliminate federal funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts. Although Indiana Humanities receives support from individuals, corporations and foundations, we depend on federal funding from the NEH to carry out our work. YOU can speak up for the humanities. Help us communicate that communities with vibrant humanities programs have a greater quality of life, which leads to economic growth and jobs. Read more here.
George Hanlin, director of grants:
- The Sundance Film Festival just wrapped up, and one of this year’s most-acclaimed movies was set and shot in Indiana. Columbus tells the story of a Korean man who visits the southern Indiana town and falls in love. Vanity Fair and RogerEbert.com provide more on the plot and offer glowing assessments.
- I couldn’t find a trailer for Columbus online, but as I was searching I did learn that Charles Osgood and CBS Sunday Morning paid a call to the Bartholomew County seat back in 2011. The video I saw on YouTube is an edited bootleg version with some quality-control issues, but it still serves as a good highlight for the town’s marvels.
- Finally, to wrap up this week’s ode to Columbus, I’ll point out that many of the town’s modernist landmarks aren’t really so modern anymore, at least age-wise. Several are starting to deteriorate, and city leaders face the challenge of preserving them. Curbed examines the expensive quandary by looking at the landmark that kicked off Columbus’s modern-architecture movement—First Christian Church, which turns 75 years old this spring.
Leah Nahmias, director of programs:
- The cultivation of vanilla is more arduous than I ever imagined, and the story of the man who discovered its secret, a 12-year-old slave named Edmond Albius, is fascinating and complicated.
- Queen Bey is preggers! The Guardian has a wonderful art historical analysis decoding the Flemish and roccoco stylistic influences on the image she used to make the announcement.
- Read everything you can by Frederick Douglass, starting with Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Written by Himself, one of the most remarkable books ever written by an American.
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications and community relations manager:
- Take a moment to find inspiration from the world’s youth. More than 46,000 kids, ages 6-14, entered National Geographic Kids Photography Competition. You can view the top photographs here – pretty impressive!
- Where did inspiration strike some of America’s most well-known inventors? Here’s a look at the residences that kept their creativity on point.
- We’re teaming up with University of Indianapolis’ Institute on Mayoral Archives, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Indy Parks to host the fourth annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership. The topic? Building vibrant cities through greenspaces and parks! Grab your free ticket to this March 3 event.
Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:
- Probably due to a childhood love of the very (not) historically accurate animated movie Anastasia, I’ve always been interested in the mysterious figure that is Grigori Rasputin. NPR wrote about him earlier this week with details of a new biography by historian Douglas Smith. And while we’re on the subject of the Romanovs, the Anastasia musical is coming to Broadway in March 2017!
- If you’re a nerd like I am, you’ll enjoy this cool time lapse video of New York Public Library staff reshelving the Rose Main Reading Room before its reopening.
Have a few you want to share? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.