Humanities

Guggenheim Grants Fellowship to Mike Heffley

Writer and composer Mike Heffley, author of the acclaimed Northern Sun, Southern Moon: Europe’s Reinvention of Jazz, has been named one of this year’s recipients of a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to “men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative

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Yale Drama Series

Yale University Press and Yale Repertory Theatre are joining forces in a new venture to support emerging playwrights. They will jointly sponsor a major new playwriting competition, The Yale Drama Series. The winner of the annual competition will be awarded the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her

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The Revenge of Thomas Eakins

Thomas Eakins was misunderstood in life, his brilliant work earned little acclaim, and hidden demons tortured and drove him. Yet the portraits he painted more than a century ago captivate us today, and he is now widely acclaimed as the finest portrait painter our nation has ever produced. The Revenge

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David Hockney Portraits

A fifty-year retrospective devoted to the portraiture of David Hockney, the most well-known British artist of his generation, is currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The exhibition contains more than 150 of Hockney’s portraits of family members, fellow artists, companions—and himself—in diverse media, from his

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Finding Support in Male-Dominated Fields

If I’m not busy every second of every day, it seems that I’m not working hard enough.  Maybe having a fulfilling personal life is incompatible with a successful career.   I feel like an emotional cafeteria, responding to what others want.  I feel responsible for everything but have no power

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Before the Next Attack: Preserving Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism

An editorial in today’s New York Times states, “[President] Bush’s decision after 9/11 that he had the power to put prisoners beyond the reach of the law at his choosing was the first attempt to suspend habeas corpus on American territory since the Civil War.” It continues: The retired Justice

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Further Accolades for Crush

Richard Siken can add yet another trophy to his mantelpiece. It was announced last week that his book Crush, winner of the 2004 Yale Younger Poets prize and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry, has been included among the Spring 2006 Book Sense Picks Poetry Top

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William Wegman: Funney/Strange

William Wegman: Funney/Strange, the first retrospective of Wegman’s work to appear in over fifteen years, opened last week at the Brooklyn Museum. Best known and beloved for signature photographs of his troupe of weimeraners, Wegman is also an immensely important figure in the contemporary art world. The exhibition reveals the

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Manliness

“This book is about manliness,” begins the preface of a provocative new book by Harvey C. Mansfield, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government at Harvard University. What is that? It’s best to start from examples we know: our sports heroes, too many to name; Margaret Thatcher, the British prime

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Goya’s Last Works

Goya’s Last Works, the first exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on the final phase of Goya’s career, opened last week at the Frick Collection in New York. According to the review of the exhibition which appeared in the New York Times,   The compact Frick show is

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