We’re talking snowstorms, novels without punctuation and more in this week’s “Friday Faves.”
Keira, president and CEO:
- “Your education was yours to undertake, yours to own, yours to interrogate and define.” Read Humanizing the Humanities
via The Atlantic.
- Did you know at least one fairy tale has origins in the Bronze Age? Read a “Phylogenetic analyses suggests fairy tales are much older than thought.”
Kristen, director of communications and development:
- Every day during the Bicentennial year, The Northwest Indiana Times is running a historic photo or article from this site on Page 2 of the paper, and the site also features questions and answers on state history provided by the Indiana Historical Society. You can also take a quiz to see how well you know the history of the state. Click here to check it out.
- The Buckingham Palace is rarely open to the public, but I was in England a period when it was and got to see the Royal Family’s digs first hand. My fellow Anglophiles will be excited to learn that Google will soon be offering virtual tours of a variety of UK landmarks. Here is a sneak peek at the lavish Buckingham Palace and its furnishings (including a secret door for the Queen to enter through).
Leah, director of programs and community engagement:
I’m always interested in how historic places use site-specific art to enliven spaces and draw in new audiences. Loving these installations at the homes of two Hudson River School painters—and can’t recommend visiting this part of Upstate New York highly enough!
Over the weekend my dad, brother and I checked out the latest exhibits at the Indiana Historical Society. We geeked out over the new Mapping Indiana exhibit, co-curated by our former (beloved) intern Amber Mitchell. We also seriously dug You Are There: That Ayres Look! Don’t miss either of these exhibits.
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications manager and program associate:
- What would The Wizard of Oz, The Christmas Carol or Moby Dick be without words? A novel with just punctuation. Check out these “8 Classic Novels Reduced to Their Punctuation” via FastCoDesign.
- “What does it mean to be a good citizen?’ It means to be honest about what is, and to imagine what can be. It means to always be asking: How can we do better, how can we be more inclusive, more just, more compassionate? We need to build bridges, and ask ‘What connects us?’ In part, it is the simple fact that we are all human. I like meeting people, and seeing where our lives, our stories intersect.” Read more of our board member Rabbi Sandy Sasso’s interview with the Sagamore Institute in the Indiana Citizenship blog.
Nancy Conner, director of grants and Novel Conversations:
- Check out Stats Indiana for data on Indiana & its counties, cities, towns, etc.
- Tim Urban & Andrew Finn write a blog that thinks a lot – one of our favorite things to do! Read it here.
A team favorite:
- Our friends in Washington made us giggle with this tweet this morning. What’s the best way to prepare for a snowstorm? We agree – head to the library! We might just have to pretend it’s snowing here in Indiana and grab a few extra books this weekend.
Any humanities highlights from your week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.