Boundless curiosity about the human experience is the driving force of the humanities—inspiring scholars as they pursue their research, teachers at work with their students, and all of us as we navigate the challenging world we live in.
Discover how that curiosity is expressed in the work of NHC Fellows, in innovative resources for educators, and how it speaks to all of us in the features included below.
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Featured this Month
David K. Johnson (Fellow, 2014–15)
Gay commerce was not a byproduct but rather an important catalyst for the gay rights movement. Buying Gay explores the connections—and tensions—between the market and the movement.
Marixa Lasso (Fellow, 2013–14)
The Panama Canal was built at considerable cost to a way of life that had characterized the region for centuries. Marixa Lasso recovers the history of the Panamanian cities and towns that once formed the backbone of the republic.
Benjamin Kahan (Fellow, 2016–17)
Statue-fondlers, wanderlusters, nymphomaniacs, and sex magicians: the story of these forgotten sexualities—what Michel Foucault deemed “minor perverts”—has never before been told.
Cara Robertson (Fellow, 2004–05; Fellow, 2005–06)
The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties.
This podcast features conversations with several recent Fellows whose scholarship deals with the Caribbean and its relation to the Atlantic slave trade as well as a birthplace for not only revolutionary democracy but reggae music.
NHC Fellow Laurent Dubois and musician Joe Newberry participated in a “musical conversation” exploring the fascinating history of the banjo and its links to the Caribbean.
Browse a collection of personal reflections from educators following their investigation of place and the relationship between human and physical geography.
This webinar situates British North American slavery in a broader Atlantic context.
Stories of migration are deeply woven into the cultural fabric of the United States. The experiences and contributions of immigrants have strengthened and diversified our communities, enriching small towns and big cities alike.
Laura Murphy, Fellow 2017–18
Though slavery may not take the exact forms it did in the nineteenth century, approximately 45.8 million persons in 167 countries endure modern forms of slavery.
Humanities In Action
With estimates suggesting there are over 1 million undocumented students in American classrooms, the issue of immigration is one that teachers across the country must contend with in a significant way.
Kunal Parker, Fellow 2014–15
In this podcast, scholar Kunal Parker helps frame the current discourse around immigration as it relates to legal history.