Inside the Winter 2017 Issue of HUMANITIES Magazine

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Mary Moody Emerson in full intellectual ferment, imagined by nationally known illustrator and graphic designer Sara Tyson. 

WASHINGTON, (January 11, 2017)

HUMANITIES, the quarterly magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has published first issue of 2017.

Inside the Winter 2017 edition:


The Youngest Person in Concord [Cover Story]

Mary Moody Emerson, the favorite aunt of Ralph Waldo, was a thinker, a writer, and an inspiration to all who knew her.

The Reaction Faction: A Chat with Mark Lilla

Lilla, author of The Shipwrecked Mind, on the history and effects of reactionary movements

Evolution of a Reformer

How Darwin’s Origin of Species inspired Charles Loring Brace’s social reform efforts 

What Would Jesus Read?

The overlooked history of an apocalyptic best-seller, The Late Great Planet Earth

Ruskin the Refined

Reading Ruskin used to be shorthand for cultural sophistication.  How did he become the Victorians’ leading arbiter of taste?

The Pirate Next Door
In America’s early days, pirates were often respectable members of colonial society.


On a High Note
Melancholy and self-effacing, Roy Orbison changed what it meant to be a rock star.

Where the Wind Begins  
Photographing the forlorn landscape of Alaska’s Adak Island

Executive Function with Laurie Zierer  
Zierer, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Humanities Council, sees the humanities as a path to community revitalization.

Caterina Sforza’s book of Experimenti
Sforza, the famously ruthless fifteenth-century Italian countess, also dabbled in alchemy.

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HUMANITIES magazine is a quarterly publication of the National Endowment for the Humanities, exploring great ideas from history, literature, philosophy, and culture. HUMANITIES magazine is available by subscription through the US Government Publishing Office.  Read online or follow @Humanitiesmag on Twitter for updates on the latest online articles.

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