What are your humanities highlights from the week? Read our team’s favorite finds below!
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications and community relations manager:
- “Your phone has just become home to a tiny little collection of modern art.” The first generation of the emoji you often text is now on display at MoMA. This New York Times article explains how the museum acquired the original collection of 176 emojis, adding to its expanding digital collection. These little icons have come a long way in design!
- The World Series chatter (and banter) is alive and well here in our office. Here’s a look back at 20 years of monumental moments in post-season baseball history.
Leah Nahmias, director of programs:
- I came across an essay on The Stone this week that asks the provocative question, “Is Humanity Getting Better?” Given the “history of epidemics” hook, no wonder I loved it. But it’s this idea I’ve been mulling over: “The 20th century marked an inflection point — the beginning of humanity’s transition from its ancient crises of ignorance to its modern crises of invention.”
- I’m excited to start listening to Sidedoor, a new podcast that from the Smithsonian that tells “stories about science, art, history, humanity and where they unexpectedly overlap.”
- In honor of the World Series—and no, I won’t pick sides, both teams are incredibly likeable—I’m throwing it back to one of my favorite college classes, History of Baseball. Two books that have stuck with me over the years: Roger Kahn’s elegiac The Boys of Summer and Howard Bryant’s fierce, urgent Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston.
George Hanlin, director of grants:
- After three days of jury duty this week, I’m having trouble getting legal matters out of my mind. So I searched the internet and found this list of the 12 best jury-themed films and TV shows. If you’re in the mood for little courtroom drama (without as much real-life murder and mayhem as I had), these are judicious choices.
- In an age when it seems the strongest connections people have with one another are often via computers and cell phones, it’s nice to receive a reminder that physical places still matter to the heart and soul. Hoosiers got that message this week with news from Indiana Landmarks, which recently spearheaded a fundraising campaign to restore the beloved old L.S. Ayres and Company clock in downtown Indianapolis. Landmarks’ initial effort to raise $20,000 was quickly met, so it tripled the goal based on further repair assessments. The new $60,000 benchmark was surpassed two weeks before the campaign’s official close. The icon that has watched over the Crossroads of America for 80 years gains new life thanks to the memories it has inspired, and a new generation gets to mark time’s passing not just with their smart phones but also with the help of a community treasure that binds us together.
Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:
- Here are “12 Books to Read in Your 20s” from The New York Times. After looking through the list, though, I think most of these titles are worth reading at any age!
- Thursday was Sylvia Plath’s birthday. In honor of that, here is a recording of Plath reading the poem “A Birthday Present”, a collection of various women writers’ reflections on the influence of Plath’s work from The Guardian, and a link to where you can buy a Sylvia Plath finger puppet (which just so happens to be my cat’s favorite toy).
Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:
- As the World Series moves to Wrigley Field this weekend, millions of people will notice the ivy-adorned outfield wall. But, were it not for a stadium in Indianapolis, that iconic ivy likely wouldn’t even be there.
- In this piece for Time, author James Patterson urges people to put down their smart phones and pick a book, as he laments the loss of long-form literature, and how that in turn impacts society.
Keira Amstutz, president and CEO:
- Forget those scary antics. Halloween used to be about finding true love.
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