It’s Friday and we are highlighting our favorite humanities finds! Connect to links we love, programs we admire, events to look forward to, folks to follow and great work in the public humanities. Explore our team’s “Friday Faves” to stay in the know.
Keira, president and CEO:
- A great list of “31 Bookish, Brainy, Beautiful Blogs for Readers” via the New York Public Library.
- What’s your favorite Vonnegut-ism? Here’s a list of 20 to get you thinking.
Kristen, director of communications and development:
- A physicist talking about the humanities? Sign me up!
- Shameless plug: Read our fearless leader Keira Amstutz’s piece in Inside INdiana Business about why the Bicentennial is more than a party (but why YOU should apply to host an ALL-IN Block Party!)
Leah, director of programs and community engagement:
- NPR is asking people to share examples of “history in action” – things that are still done the same way they were 100 years ago. The project was inspired by a Reddit thread asking people for examples of old-fashioned ways of doing things that are more satisfying; I agree with the suggestion that hanging up on someone in the days before cell phones was much more gratifying. Read more here.
- This stunning website from the Smithsonian about the Great Inca Road in South America is my favorite internet find of the week. It’s an elegant example of using digital tools to tell humanities stories, as well as a window into one of the most storied landscapes–the Andes Mountains–in the world.
- Deep thought for the week: “In a secular age, I suspect that reading fiction is one of the few remaining paths to transcendence, that elusive state in which the distance between the self and the universe shrinks. Reading fiction makes me lose all sense of self, but at the same time makes me feel most uniquely myself.” This quote is from an essay in the New Yorker reflecting on the emotional and psychological benefits of reading.
Jacqueline, communications manager and program associate:
- Travel & Leisure combined two of my favorite things: hotels & literature! Check out this list of the “Best Hotels for Book Lovers.” From giant typewriters to well-stocked libraries, there is something for every bookish traveler.
- Videos from TedxIndianapolis 2015 are now streaming online. Take the weekend to explore these “Big Ideas” on how to Keep It Simple: ow.ly/UHPWH.
Nancy, director of grants and Novel Conversations:
- The Indiana Historical Bureau is the keeper of historical markers in every Indiana county. Find them here.
- Have you ever seen this place? It’s a 1.6 million square foot Department of Defense structure in Indianapolis, connected through its history to Fort Benjamin Harrison.
Any humanities highlights from your week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.