October 2017 Blog Posts

Martin Luther: A Conversation Part I

Martin Luther, engraved by Theodore Knesing
Craig Harline, professor of history at Brigham Young University, received an NEH Public Scholar grant to write about Martin Luther between the years 1517 and 1522. His book, A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation, was published by Oxford University Press in October 2017. Part I of a two-part conversation between Craig Harline and EDSITEment follows.How did you become interested in Martin Luther, and when did you decide to write a book about him? Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Frankenreads: A Global Project to Read “Frankenstein” Aloud on Halloween Day, 2018

Frankenreads promotion poster
Imagine: students seated in a circle, books in hand, while one intones the famous passage in which Victor Frankenstein meets his creation:Read More »

A Very Brief Introduction to the Modern World through Eighteen Maps

Early French map of New Orleans
By Julia Nguyen, Senior Program Officer, Division of Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities.Maps help us orient ourselves in a landscape and interpret the world around us. At a time when many of us frequently access digital maps on phones or in cars, there is still value in deep reading of historical maps first produced on paper.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Some Preliminary Thoughts on Contemporary Poetry

Natasha Trethewey during the Witter Bynner Fellowships Awards Ceremony
“Poetry is a very large house, and there are many kinds of poetry.”—Sam Hamill, poet, translator, former publisher, and cofounder of Copper Canyon PressRead More »