May 6, 2016
Friday Faves: May 6

Connect to links we love, programs we admire, events to look forward to, folks to follow and great work in the public humanities.

Start your month with some of our favorite finds of the week.

Keira, president and CEO:

Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:

  • Last week we announced the winner of our poetry contest to name the Official Poet of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Since then our poet, Adam Henze, has been doing interviews for radio, TV and print outlets all across the country. It even ran in the Japan TimesListen to him read his winning poem, read this Q&A with Indianapolis Monthly and find out more about the original writer of poems in the Indianapolis 500 programs in the 1920s here.
  • There are many reasons to study art, but Amy Herman has one more for people like cops, medical students and first responders: It can help people be more observant – which can help save a life or solve a crime. Read more about her book called “Visual Intelligence” and the strategies we can all use to be more perceptive at work and at home.

Leah, director of programs and community engagement:

Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications manager and program associate:

Nancy Conner, current director of grants and Novel Conversations:

George Hanlin, soon-to-be director of grants:

  • Indiana was in the national spotlight with our primary this week. If you’re still feeling the glow of the limelight and looking to dig deeper into the results, check out this analysis that Hoosier scholar Craig Fehrman wrote for FiveThirtyEight. In his essay, Fehrman studies Indiana’s history and demographics and helps sort out how they influence our voting patterns.
  • I live on the east side of Indianapolis. It sometimes gets dogged as a tough place to live, but it has a proud history and lots of valuable assets. I was excited to see that two of our gems—a couple of Indianapolis Public Library branches still operating out of their original Carnegie-funded structures—were recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Humanities and historic preservation can do for wonders for communities, so this is terrific news!

Do you have any humanities highlights from this week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Photo by Kevin Williams (Atlas Obscura)
Photo by Kevin Williams (Atlas Obscura)
Photo via Getty.edu
Photo via Getty.edu
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Photo via NYPL
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Photo via IIB
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