Check out our favorite links of the week.
Keira, president and CEO:
- I admit that I’m a little late to the Game of Thrones party but I’m currently obsessed with the books (I promise to catch up on the TV version after I finish the books). Here’s a great post by the NY Public Library on what to read if you have burned through the GoT series and are tired of waiting on George R. R. Marting to churn out another.
- I grew up very near Amish country and highly recommend that you visit this lovely garden exhibit honoring the important quilting traditions of the Amish.
- After spending the past two weeks in Europe this quiz made me realize how little I knew about the E.U. I hope you fare better!
Kristen, director of communications and development:
- This 3-minute video that shares the rise of urban settlements over the past 6,000 years will put the U.S.’s relatively short history into incredible perspective.
- A cute little blog post from a self-described “history nerd” explains how one historic house museum (spoiler: Juliette Gordon Low’s house in Savannah, Ga.) is doing everything right.
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications and community relations manager:
- In need of some creative courage for a young heart? Here’s a list of picture books celebrating the lives of artists, scientists and creatives.
George Hanlin, soon-to-be director of grants:
- We know the world we live in is filled with lots to worry about: global warming, terrorism, scary viruses such as Zika. . . . But New York Times columnist David Brooks argues that one challenge rises above the rest, and it’s one that we in the humanities can work to combat: social isolation.
- The video has gone viral and chances are you’ve seen it, but even if so it’s worth watching again: the Thomas Middle School eighth-grader who invokes Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders in his humor-filled graduation speech.
Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:
- Here’s an interesting infographic that looks at famous authors’ sleep habits in relation to their productivity. See that Kurt Vonnegut woke up at 6 a.m. each day!
Nancy Conner, director of grants and Novel Conversations:
- This site will come in handy after I retire! – Indiana Tourism.
- And here’s my favorite site for people who are thinking of retirement – Stepping into the Future.
Do you have any humanities highlights from your week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.