Humanities Desk On Demand

June 27, 2015
School is where a lot of people are first exposed to poetry. That first experience with poetry can shade a person's love - or hate - of poetry for a lifetime.
June 13, 2015
Graduating college is a major accomplishment. When you think about the factors that can make it more challenging, it's even more remarkable to graduate. Those factors include: being poor, being an immigrant, and being the first in your family to go to college. Some students can check all of those... more››
May 23, 2015
The first roller skate was patented in 1760 by a Belgian inventor, but you don't have to travel across the Atlantic to see it. You can find a model of it at the National Museum of Roller Skating in Lincoln. As part of our occasional series, When Things Speak, museum director James Vannurden told... more››
May 9, 2015
Before 1879, Native Americans weren't recognized as people under United States Federal law. That all changed because of a trial in Omaha, and because of a member of the Ponca tribe named Standing Bear. Today there are Nebraskans working to commemorate Standing Bear on a national scale.
May 2, 2015
In the 1870s, thousands of Germans from Russia left Russia for the United States. By 1910, the US census counted 13,000 Germans from Russia in Nebraska alone. Diane Wilson says these new immigrants started transitioning to American life by continuing a lot of their own traditions, especially when... more››
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››