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Inside the Fall 2016 Issue of HUMANITIES Magazine

Humanities Fall 2016

Humanities Magazine cover Fall 2016

WASHINGTON (October 26, 2016) —HUMANITIES, the quarterly magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has published its 2016 fall issue.

Inside the print edition:


What to Make of T.S. Eliot?  [Cover Story]

During his lifetime, the poet deliberately cultivated the persona of a bloodless banker-pedant. New editions of Eliot’s previously unpublished letters and writings give us a glimpse of the inner demons that drove him.  

One and the Many  

In the age of Common Core and student-centered learning, Peter Gibbon contrasts the theories of two of the most important education thinkers alive today, E.D. Hirsch and Howard Gardner, on how we should teach America’s children.

National Humanities Medalists
In September, President Obama awarded National Humanities Medals to 12 of our finest thinkers and doers.  Read profiles of the distinguished recipients: Rudolfo Anaya, José Andrés, Ron Chernow, Louise Glück, Terry Gross, Wynton Marsalis, James McBride, Louis Menand, Elaine Pagels, Abraham Verghese, Isabel Wilkerson, and the Prison University Project.

If Odysseus Started a Book Club
A conversation about the power of the humanities in helping returning veterans and their families. 


Art on Tap
Before Prohibition, advertising for Milwaukee’s breweries rose to an art form worthy of the “champagne of beers.”

A Tradition of Dissent
From the 1932 Bonus Army to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom of 1963, protesters have taken to the streets of Washington, D.C., with varying results.

Executive Function with Shannon Smith
“You could have a fight with your neighbor,” says Smith, Executive Director of Wyoming Humanities Council, but that’s “the first person who’s going to come upon you if you’re stuck in a blizzard.” That spirit of tolerance and productive disagreement has guided Wisconsin’s public humanities programs.

The “Mask of Agamemnon”
When two Mycenaean masks were uncovered in the nineteenth century, the press appropriated the more photogenic one.

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