We’re bringing you our favorite links of the week. Check out our Friday Faves below:
Leah, director of programs and community engagement:
- This analysis of one of my favorite childhood book series, The Boxcar Children, utterly delighted me, especially seeing how the books were changed from their first incarnation to the versions I knew and loved best. It also brought to mind this parody article of decorating tips for your boxcar.
- “Fen” is one of my favorite English words. Read about the archaeological discoveries bringing Bronze Age East Anglia to life.
- I was incredibly moved by the many tributes to The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, who for me is one of the 20th century’s great heroes. Among my favorites, this essay which observes how Ali was the “most fantastical American figure of his era, a self-invented character of such physical wit, political defiance, global fame, and sheer originality that no novelist you might name would dare conceive him.”
Kristen, director of communications and development:
- Things aren’t always what they seem – especially when it comes to maps. To figure out exactly how big the U.S. (or Greenland, or Australia, or any other country) is in comparison to another country or continent, check out this infographic of the day from Fast Company.
- I’ve loved elephants from my earliest days. I’m not sure what drew me to them, but the fascination has endured. I’m giddy about this opportunity in southern Indiana to “pamper pachyderms” – and it even has ties to one of my distant relatives!
Nancy Conner, current director of grants and Novel Conversations:
- Those GE commercials are rather clever, but what are they about?
- In fact, there is a lot more going on in tech trends.
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications and community relations manager:
- Have you seen “The Rotten Tomatoes for Books” yet? Book Marks, brought to you by LiteraryHub, uses aggregate data from the top literary reviewers to give novels letter grades. Peruse it before your next read!
- A forgotten gardener once said trees “speak to the mind, and tell us many things, and teach us many good lessons.” This illustrated atlas of the trees of the world will ignite your soul with joy!
George Hanlin, soon-to-be director of grants:
- When it comes to Indiana artists, it doesn’t get much better than William Merritt Chase—he’s probably the mostly highly regarded painter from our state (from little Nineveh, Indiana). The Washington Post has a review of a current WMC show at the Phillips Collection.
- Indiana Humanities recently joined with Indiana Landmarks to give out nearly $18,000 worth of grants for projects related to historic preservation education. We love the work that Indiana Landmarks does, and if you want to know more about the fun stuff they do, check out this blog they run on Indiana’s hidden gems. (It’s not been updated for a while but has an archive with lots of great stories!)
Do you have any humanities highlights from your week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.