October 2017 Blog Posts

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 »