We’re talking dictionaries, LEGOS and more in our favorite humanities finds of the week. Read on!
Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:
- Have you seen the letter to the editor from our board of directors requesting continued support from the NEH? Here’s another article from board member Sandy Sasso.
- Web stars, a Twitter account that often goes viral…not something one might associate with Merriam-Webster, but it’s true. Learn more about the word nerds behind the oldest dictionary publisher in the U.S.
George Hanlin, director of grants:
- Just in time for the launch of Indiana Humanities’ Quantum Leap initiative (which ties the humanities to the sciences), I came across this article on the demise of the beloved banana. It’s a fascinating look at agriculture, genetics, disease, human instincts, and history and how they all work together to impact the foods we consume.
- Looking for a road trip this weekend? Consider traveling to northwest Indiana to check out the new Nelson Algren Museum, which holds its grand opening at 3 p.m. (CDT) on Sunday, March 26, at 541 S. Lake St. in the Miller Beach section of Gary. Algren, best known for his 1949 novel The Man with the Golden Arm, lived in Miller
Leah Nahmias, director of programs:
- We had lots of fun with this digital humanities tool from Quebec’s Museé de la Civilisation that uses facial recognition software to match your headshot to one the sculptures from their collection. Check it out!
- Maps + Chaucer = one cool digital humanities project! Retrace the pilgrims in Canterbury Tales or Chaucer’s steps and let your imagination run wild over the late medieval European landscape.
- Designers in Italy turn to a museum of natural history to identify fibers from their archival collections. The number of my interests addressed in this one story is staggering.
Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:
- Especially with the launch of our new Quantum Leap initiative, I’m pumped that Lego released a set featuring the women of NASA. Here’s a Q&A with the set creator, Maia Weinstock.
- And while we’re on the topic of women in science, here’s a blog post from Brain Pickings about Marie Curie’s important and lasting influence due to not only her scientific discovery but also her humanitarian efforts.
Keira Amstutz, president and CEO:
- Read this Quantum Leap inspired piece on how philosophy may have played a bigger role in the history of computer science than math. This is a fascinating look at how an understanding of the humanities can open up new windows of discovery in STEM fields.
- I can’t wait for this exhibit to open at the Indianapolis Museum of Art!
Claire Mauschbaugh, communications and event associate:
- There’s always something awe-inspiring about the atmosphere of libraries. This photographer captured the grandeur of America’s most majestic libraries in these 360 degree photos!
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