We’re talking blind dates, baseball and more in our favorite humanities finds of the week. Read on!
Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:
- I grew up watching baseball with my dad and staying up later than my mom wanted me to. I can’t wait until my kids get to stay up late to watch the Yankees (don’t judge) with my husband and me. But, I wouldn’t mind it if the games were a tad bit shorter. The New York Times asked readers to come up with some ways to shorten the game. There are some funny ideas, some ways to take the game back to how it used to play, and some actual good ideas. Make sure you scroll down to read from the people who don’t think the game should be changed at all.
- Many of can’t name many famous female scientists—but there are plenty from history beyond Marie Curie, perhaps the most famous. This project is trying to change that by getting posters of female scientists into the classroom. Sign me up!
George Hanlin, director of grants:
- Starting next month, Indiana Humanities is bringing back our popular Next Indiana Campfires. Why not join us for a literature-inspired hike through the great Indiana outdoors? Scientists say you’ll be happier if you do.
- Forget about making America great again—George Washington had to make it great from the start. And given that he was a clothes horse, he quickly turned to fashion as a way to demonstrate the new nation’s rank. PBS’s The American Experience website provides details on his choice in inaugural adornments. (On the other hand, while apparently Washington had “exquisite” legs, it turns out that he and the other founding fathers weren’t as obsessed with their calves as popular legend suggests.)
Leah Nahmias, director of programs:
- Come for the pottery fragments, stay for the inquiry into Truth. A New York City artists’ archaeology project investigates “alternative facts.”
- I’m completely obsessed with this digital humanities game, created by game designer Tracy Fullerton, based on Thoreau’s Walden. Tracy’s going to be here in August for a special Quantum Leap INconversation as part of Gen Con! Reserve your spot now!
- Wanna feel inspired? Check out the eight Public Engagement Fellows just announced by the Whiting Foundation. These are some truly next-level public humanities projects.
Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:
- War and Peach. The Picture of Earl Grey. Pride and Peppermint. These adorable book-shaped tea tins play on classic works of literature, and I’m here for it.
- What if Mr. Darcy or Hamlet had an iPhone? This goofy SparkNotes blog post imagines if some of literature’s romantic couples communicated by text.
Keira Amstutz, president and CEO:
- With so much in the media about fake news, I was interested to learn about the CRAAP test. Librarians use the CRAAP test to help students and patrons identify valid sources. CRAAP stands for currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and purpose. Learn more about how Librarians are fact-checking.
Claire Mauschbaugh, communications and event associate:
- From typewriters to vacuums, Thngs has it all! This database saves information about physical things in order to preserve the memory of humankind. You can contribute and submit your own things as well! Learn more about Thngs here!
- While I can’t say blind dates are my ideal dating style, one with a book may be the best blind date I could ask for. I stumbled across a photo of a bookshop in Australia that is doing just that! They’re giving light to works that may have not gotten the recognition they deserved by setting them up with readers. You can be paired with the book of your dreams here!
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