From Pokemon Go to the Brontë Sisters, we’re covering all the buzz in our favorite humanities finds of the week.
Kristen, director of communications and development:
- I’m very excited to pick up the new book by Ben Winters called Underground Airlines. It takes place in Indianapolis in present day, but the premise is that the Civil War never happened. Learn more about Ben (who lived in Indianapolis for several years) and the book.
- Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm. I’m not quite sure I understand the craze, but I’m trying my best to keep up! If you’re like me, here are a few places you can go to learn more:
Get the lowdown on 9 questions you’re too embarrassed to ask (Vox)
How it’s helping people connect to their cities (Fast Co)
Wondering if and how your historic site or museum should take advantage of the game? The Daily Beast provides some answers.
Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:
- I love this series of prints called Terrific Friends. The hand-drawn, stylized portraits feature a variety of literary and intellectual greats. I recently picked up the Brontë Sisters at Homespun here in Indy, and I couldn’t get over the cuteness. Also, while we’re on the topic of the Brontë Sisters, here is a link to one of my favorite YouTube videos of all time. #GirlPower
- Though I usually think of music as a tool for peacemaking and relationship building, this interesting article from the New Yorker explores instances when songs were used as weapons of sorts.
Leah Nahmias, director of programs:
- Learn about the new mural of Black Arts poet and Indianapolis resident Mari Evans that will soon mirror the Kurt Vonnegut mural on Massachusetts Avenue.
- The new Librarian of Congress has finally been approved! Carla Hayden, a librarian from Baltimore, is both the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position. This short video introduces Carla and her vision of what libraries do for our society.
Keira, president and CEO:
- Although (like Kristen!) I’m not sure I completely understand the Pokemon craze, here’s a thoughtful piece from our friends at the Prindle Institute about some of the ethical concerns raised by the mania.
George Hanlin, director of grants:
- I find it interesting when scientists apply modern medicine to sort out the conditions that might have affected historical figures—so I was excited to see that Mary Todd Lincoln, surely the most emotionally distraught First Lady of all time, recently received a new diagnosis. It turns out her ill temper may have been caused by a shortage of vitamin B-12. (Then again, maybe losing three children and that trip to Ford’s Theater had something to do with it.)
- You know that black hole called the internet—you start googling something and it’s hard to tell where you’ll end up. One night this week, at least, it was happy journey when a search for “Georgia on My Mind” led me to this blog celebrating the joy of music. Sharing a beautiful song of the week for more than six years straight? This is one committed blogger. On top of it, he’s a good curator and his commentary is insightful.
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications and community relations manager:
- Exciting news! The Indiana Authors Award Authors and Finalists were just announced. Get all the details here.
Do you have any humanities highlights from your week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.