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 awesome work in the public humanities. Explore our team’s “Friday Faves” to stay in the know.
Keira, president and CEO:
- Read “Celebrating ‘an American thinker'” in The Chicago Tribune. Nice mention of the Vonnegut Memorial Library!
- Indianapolis resident Eric Morrow built Indy in Minecraft, a video game where users can build their own worlds out of blocks. Check out the article in the Indy Star.
- An interesting and sad fact. According to Uber Facts, A UK survey found that 62% of respondents had never sent a love letter, largely due to technology like texting and social media.
Kristen, director of communications and development:
- Going All the Way Bus Tour: I’ve never read the book and I’ve never seen the movie (shame on me!), but I’ve always wanted to. This tour is for all of you who have (one day I’ll join you…).
- The Best in Travel: I’m a travel bug, and I always love “best of” lists. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2016 combines both my loves. Look at gorgeous photos, learn more about beautiful cities and breathtaking vistas and daydream away.
Leah, director of programs and community engagement:
- I want to steal this idea: The French city of Grenoble will install machines that dispense short stories in public waiting areas. The premise is that you’re waiting for the bus or the DMV with a few moments to kill—why not read a piece of literature rather than play Candy Crush? You can even tell the machine how much time you have and it’ll produce a story of appropriate length. J’adore.
- The Never Alone video game was crafted in partnership with Alaskan Native elders. It was inspired by the rich art and imagery of Iñupiac storytellers and helps preserve their traditions as well as serves as a revenue-generator for the tribe. This is my favorite kind of public humanities: creative, collaborative, respectful and urgent.
- I’m looking forward to a few Spirit & Place events including 1971: Paranoia, Surveillance and the American Dream presented by IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute. There will be a film screening and discussion of the 1971 break-in at the FBI by anti-war activists on Tuesday, November 10. Two of the activists and the filmmakers will take part.
Jacqueline, communications manager and program associate:
- “These Brilliant Literary Maps Will Help You Understand Your Favorite Book”: Artist Andrew DeGraff interprets the worlds of some favorite classics and plots them on a lavish atlas.
- A fascinating look into the creative process and a great reminder that sometimes you just need to “DO.” Check out Sol LeWitt’s advice to artist Eva Hesse. Helpful for all those creatives out there!
Nancy, director of grants and Novel Conversations:
- The Smithsonian Institution provides information and resources for heritage months: Black History, Women’s History, Asian Pacific American Heritage, Hispanic Heritage and American Indian Heritage. Read more.
- Comparing Millennials to Other Generations: Check out this interactive graph.
Eric, graduate public history intern:
- Monarch Celebration 2015: This is a great example of a community finding creative ways to adapt ALL-IN to fit their own celebration. The Arts Council of Southern Indiana made their ALL-IN Block Party memorable!
Any humanities highlights from your week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.