We’re talking April Fools, Crispus Attucks and more in our favorite humanities finds of the week. Read on!
Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:
- Tune in this weekend to Inside INdiana Business to see Keira Amstutz on the show to discuss Quantum Leap! Check broadcast times here.
- Last weekend Crispus Attucks brought home a state championship in basketball, its first since the 1959. In true Indiana basketball fashion, it was a storybook ending: Oscar Robertson was in attendance and it came down to a last second shot. Check out clips from WFYI’s recent documentary on the school and read additional articles about the school’s historic past here.
George Hanlin, director of grants:
- Indiana Humanities recently awarded one of our Humanities Initiative Grants to a group called Indiana’s Historic Pathways, which will use the funds to present a teacher workshop on the Buffalo Trace. If you’re not familiar with this important route from Indiana’s past, you can learn more at the Indiana Historic Pathways website and explore sites along the way using this interactive map.
- While you’re online researching history, check out the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of Abraham Lincoln objects. For decades these pieces were housed in the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne. After the Lincoln Financial Group moved its headquarters to Philadelphia and later closed the museum, the Lincoln Financial Foundation donated the collection to the state of Indiana. Today the collection is housed in the Indiana State Museum and the Allen County Public Library. Curators have digitized and provided online access to more than 30,000 books, articles, manuscripts, photos, three-dimensional objects, and other ephemera.
- Thanks to our friends at the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library for posting on their Facebook page this interesting article—a fascinating look at how researchers can use technology to examine writing styles. The piece includes a writing-style analysis of favorite authors past and present (including Vonnegut himself).
Leah Nahmias, director of programs:
- I’ve been geeking out over various “humanities bots” lately, in my research and planning for Quantum Leap. My favorite remains @MagicalRealismBot.
- The American Conservative published this provocative and timely defense of federal humanities spending this week; it’s definitely worth your consideration.
Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:
- I really enjoyed To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters, which aired on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre this past Sunday. And now I’m really wanting to visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum in West Yorkshire!
- Did you know that Astrid Lindgren made up her beloved character on the spot one day after her daughter said to her, “Tell me about Pippi Longstocking.” Read about this and more unique story origins in this article from Literary Hub.
Keira Amstutz, president and CEO:
- April Fools’ Day is tomorrow and if you need a little humor to start your month the NYT books section has some recommendations for you.
- I can’t wait for our INconversation with Alan Lightman on April 20th! Be sure to register to help us kick off Quantum Leap.
Claire Mauschbaugh, communications and event associate:
- In perfect timing with the launch of Quantum Leap, Butler University is hosting the Brain Project Exhibit, a collection 12 big brain sculptures, for the next six weeks. Head to campus to check them out!
- Tomorrow will be a day filled with pranks and tricks, but have you ever wondered why we celebrate April Fools? This Time article goes through the potential origins of the unusual holiday.
Have a few you want to share? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.