Humanities Desk On Demand

April 4, 2015
Art can be a way to time travel. To look back into the past and see how an artist saw the world. Art can also be a way for contemporary artists to address history. As part of our occasional series, When Things Speak, Johanna Sawyer, curatorial assistant at The Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln,... more››
March 7, 2015
Healthcare workers, take care of people in all kinds of situations: routine checkups, surgeries, life-threatening illnesses and death. Taking care of people, in any kind of health, can be stressful. A writing workshop in Omaha offers healthcare workers an outlet to deal with stress through creative... more››
March 6, 2015
There are a lot of ways to become a writer. For Lydia Kang, a young adult author in Omaha, the path to writing developed from her career as a doctor.
February 28, 2015
Eloise Kruger ran a laundry service with her husband in Lincoln in the 1960s and 70s. But in her spare time, she collected over 20,000 miniature pieces. As part of our occasional series, When Things Speak, Dianna Hemsath, the curator of the Eloise Kruger Collection, about a pair of miniature... more››
February 21, 2015
When you look at photos of Native Americans from the 1800s, you're seeing photos taken by photographers who often posed their subjects in costumes. It was an inaccurate picture of Native American life. Today photographer Will Wilson is taking portraits with the same kind of tintype camera to... more››
February 14, 2015
There aren't a lot of first-hand resources about Nebraska's black history. But photos from a black photographer named John Johnson are helping historians piece together the story of Lincoln's black community a hundred years ago.
March 20, 2015
How do you go from the top of your game to the bottom of the pile? That's what happened to author Dorothy Thomas--she was a big success, published in the New Yorker and a mentor to famed Nebraska author Loren Eiseley. But by the end of her life, Dorothy Thomas was used as an example of how not to... more››
April 24, 2015
Ervin Krause wrote dark stories about people in turmoil. Drawing on a life filled with hardship on the post-depression plains, Krause's stories were lessons of morality for unprincipled characters, so unprincipled that one of his stories triggered a censorship, the resignation of an editor, and a... more››
March 13, 2015
Long before actress Dianne Keaton made it fashionable for women to wear men's suits, poet Margaret Haughawout had hers tailor made. She never quite fit it. Born in 1874 in Fairmont, Nebraska, she was highly educated, never married, and taught poetry om Pittsburgh, Kansas. While the area was an... more››
April 10, 2015
Earl Guy wrote his first novel in a Minnesota prison. With his chair leaned against the wall of his cell and a pen and a notebook in hand, Guy told the story of a family struggling to keep afloat as the Mississippi River encroaches on their land.

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