The faves are back after our short hiatus last week! Our team had an incredible experience in Salt Lake City for the Federation of State Humanities Councils National Humanities Conference. Check out a few related finds below.
Leah Nahmias, director of programs:
- I’m still on a high from last week’s trip to Utah, where we had the chance to model Next Indiana Campfires with our colleagues from across the country. Check out this Storify capturing photos, quotes and reflections from our trek and talk at Great Salt Lake.
- [Read this aloud in Oprah voice]: There is a new serialized podcast about how Oprah became Oprah!!! Add this to my list of “favorite things.”
- “Is America Possible?” That’s the big question at the heart of a recent On Being podcast episode, one I found particularly contemplative and helpful as we approach the end of a very strange and divisive year.
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications and community relations manager:
- In honor of next week’s holiday, here’s a look at an interactive article detailing the culinary traditions of 15 families across the country. From a Kurdish casserole to Venezuelan pan de jamón, I got lost in the beautiful stories told through Thanksgiving dishes and celebrations.
George Hanlin, director of grants:
- Just in time for Thanksgiving, NPR presents a story about Native American tribes’ embrace of indigenous crops and how they’re using them to reconnect with their heritage.
- Have you visited New York City so often that you fancy yourself a native? Put your knowledge of the Big Apple’s built environment to the test by taking this fun quiz on the city’s architecture, courtesy of the New York Times.
Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:
- This is not a new article, but I spent some time at a couple of national parks earlier this week, and I couldn’t help but share this article about why they really are “America’s Best Idea.”
- The Harry Potter books were written in the ‘90s, before social media, the public use of the web, and when every teen and tween had a mobile phone. How might the characters’ lives have been affected by technology? This funny Mashable post provides some answers.
Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:
- This week I learned that in the 19th century, it was somewhat common for readers to add illustrations to their books or to pay to have someone else provide original artwork in them. This practice—called grangerizing—was named after British clergyman James Granger, who published a book with pages left intentionally blank for this very purpose. Read more about the lost art of grangerizing here.
- And while we’re on the topic of illustrations, here are the Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016 according to The New York Times.
Keira Amstutz, president and CEO:
- As many of you know, curling up with a good book and a glass of wine is one of my favorite leisure activities. Here’s a great idea (shared by our friends at the Maine Humanities Council) of wine bottles wrapped in short stories. Read while you enjoy the wine – cheers!
What are your favorite highlights from the week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.