Start your month with some of our favorite finds of the week.
- Check out “Which Degree Will Make You A Better Leader?” via FastCompany!
- The Inter-Amish Language Barriers of Indiana. Learn more about this dialect.
- Some serious drama with Ice Age Europeans…read it here!
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 Times! Listen 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:
- The Getty Museum is recapping Game of Thrones with illustrations from Medieval illuminated manuscripts! They’re gorgeous, informative and kind of funny. Spoilers ahead, obviously.
This New York Review of Books essay looks at the grand ambitions and sadly politicized fate of Poland’s Museum of World War II. Some of the artifacts, like a smuggled note by a soon-to-be-executed prisoner of the Germans, or keys from the pockets of Jedwabne’s Jews, are incredibly compelling, even arresting—what museum people would call numinous objects.
BBC Magazine has a story about London’s first black community, founded in Elizabethan times. I love when historians use long-neglected archival sources, paired with archaeological studies, to complicate and diversify the narratives we tell about our past.
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications manager and program associate:
- Tickets to our fourth annual Historic Bar Crawl went on sale this week. The theme? Duck & Cover! We’ll be journeying through Cold War Indianapolis. Trust me, you have to snag your ticket early!
We will often think of Prince’s musical legacy, but what about his bookish one? The New York Public Library has all the details.
Nancy Conner, current director of grants and Novel Conversations:
- From the Indiana Historical Bureau & the Indiana Supreme Court: Indiana documents leading to statehood!
- From the National Archives: 100 Milestone Documents in U.S. History
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.