We’re kicking off the first weekend of June with some fantastic highlights. We recommend reading this outdoors!
Keira, president and CEO:
- An entrepreneur details why liberal-arts majors are the best computer programmers he’s ever hired. Check it out.
- How do you inject humanity into technology?
Kristen, director of communications and development:
- Ok, May is over, so it’s my last post about the EPIC 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Read winner Alexander Rossi’s take on the victory.
- Who says scientists can’t be funny? I love these examples of humor and puns that find their way into formal, serious scientific journals.
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications and community relations manager:
- These 19th-Century love notes evoke quite a tale! Swann Auction Galleries will auction the letters between Jane Schenck’s correspondence with an unsuitable suitor named Ralph Malbone. Delve into this secret (and mysterious) courtship.
- Remember the stories of princesses and knights in shining armor? Those are long gone! Enter: “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls!” Real tales of some fantastic women changing the world.
George Hanlin, soon-to-be director of grants:
- When my classmates and I recited Shakespeare’s sonnet 18 for Ms. Baldwin’s English class, our pronunciation was far from proper as we compared thee to a summer’s day in our twangy Hoosier accent. But come to find out, even the most genteel speakers of today don’t say it the way the great bard would have. In this video hear how English pronunciation has evolved and how Shakespeare’s plays would have sounded to theatergoers 400 years ago.
- My first inclination was to hit the delete button when I opened an email touting the “recent launch of a cutting edge digital historical collection that makes more than forty years of documentary studies on the culture, people and landscape of Maine available to the general public.” (Maine, eh?) But I checked it out, and the Salt Story Archive is an impressive collection of images, videos, and articles that serves as a good example of what others can do to preserve and present their own community’s stories.
Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:
- For Emily Dickinson, tending to the garden was a spiritual experience, and her poetry reflects it. Read how different groups are working to restore Dickinson’s orchard, gardens and greenhouse back to their original sacred glory.
- Norton Juster wrote my favorite book of all time, The Phantom Tollbooth. In honor of Juster’s birthday on Thursday and the book’s eternal relevance for children young and old, I provide you with its excerpted first chapter as well as a gentle nudge to read the whole thing!
Nancy Conner, director of grants and Novel Conversations:
- If you watch NCIS, you know what “SecNav” means. Here’s a website that can explain all those other military acronyms.
- Software development has its own language, too, and it’s handy to be able to speak to developers in terms they understand.
Claire Mauschbaugh, communications intern:
- Check out this neat bookstore/brewpub! Who doesn’t love a good beer and good book? I love their mission to disconnect people from technology and reconnect them with each other.
Do you have any humanities highlights from your week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.