history http://wamc.org en "The Parthenon Enigma" By Joan Breton Connelly http://wamc.org/post/parthenon-enigma-joan-breton-connelly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Built in the fifth century b.c., the Parthenon has been venerated for more than two millennia as the West’s ultimate paragon of beauty and proportion. Since the Enlightenment, it has also come to represent our political ideals, the lavish temple to the goddess Athena serving as the model for our most hallowed civic architecture. But how much do the values of those who built the Parthenon truly correspond with our own?</p><p>In <em>The Parthenon Enigma</em>, Joan Breton Connelly challenges our most basic assumptions about the Parthenon and the ancient Athenians.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 88247 at http://wamc.org "The Parthenon Enigma" By Joan Breton Connelly Hancock Shaker Village http://wamc.org/post/hancock-shaker-village <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The 750-acre <a href="https://www.hancockshakervillage.org/">Hancock Shaker Village</a> operates as a living-history museum open to the public with 20 authentic Shaker buildings, costumed interpreters, rich collections of Shaker furniture and artifacts in rotating exhibits, a full schedule of activities and workshops, a mile-long hiking trail and picnic areas, a Village Store and Village Cafe, and a working farm with extensive gardens and heritage-breed livestock.</p><p>They kick of their busy season this Saturday, April 12th with Baby Animals!</p><p>Shawn Hartley Hancock is the Director of Marketing &amp; Communications at Hancock Shaker Village and she joins along with Shaker Singers - Todd Burdick, Margaret Carlough, Jim Day, Stephanie Guelpa, and Julie Smith.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 87987 at http://wamc.org Hancock Shaker Village "Dying Every Day: Seneca At The Court Of Nero" By James Romm http://wamc.org/post/dying-every-day-seneca-court-nero-james-romm <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>James Romm, the James Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College is the author of several books on ancient Greek and Macedonian history and on imperial Rome. His latest book is: <em>Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero</em>.</p><p>At the center, the tumultuous life of Seneca, ancient Rome’s preeminent writer and philosopher, beginning with banishment in his fifties and subsequent appointment as tutor to twelve-year-old Nero, future emperor of Rome. Controlling them both, Nero’s mother, Julia Agrippina the Younger, Roman empress, great-granddaughter of the Emperor Augustus, sister of the Emperor Caligula, niece and fourth wife of Emperor Claudius.</p><p>James Romm will be part of this weekend’s <a href="http://www.oblongbooks.com/readlocalredhook">Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival</a>.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87877 at http://wamc.org "Dying Every Day: Seneca At The Court Of Nero" By James Romm "The Heathen School: A Story Of Hope And Betrayal In The Age Of The Early Republic" By John Demos http://wamc.org/post/heathen-school-story-hope-and-betrayal-age-early-republic-john-demos <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Near the start of the nineteenth century, as the newly established United States looked outward toward the wider world, a group of eminent Protestant ministers formed a grand scheme for gathering the rest of mankind into the redemptive fold of Christianity and “civilization.” Its core element was a special school for “heathen youth” drawn from all parts of the earth, including the Pacific Islands, China, India, and, increasingly, the native nations of North America.</p><p><em>The Heathen School</em> follows the progress, and the demise, of this first true melting pot through the lives of individual students: among them, Henry Obookiah, a young Hawaiian who ran away from home and worked as a seaman in the China Trade before ending up in New England; John Ridge, son of a powerful Cherokee chief and subsequently a leader in the process of Indian “removal”; and Elias Boudinot, editor of the first newspaper published by and for Native Americans.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87709 at http://wamc.org "The Heathen School: A Story Of Hope And Betrayal In The Age Of The Early Republic" By John Demos The Book Show #1342 - Nancy Horan http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1342-nancy-horan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In her followup to the best-selling <em>Loving Frank</em>, <a href="http://www.nancyhoran.com/">Nancy Horan</a> recounts the improbably love affair between Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife, Fanny Osbourne.</p><p>In <em>The Wide and Starry Sky</em>, Horan invites us to explore The Stevensons unusual relationship and the ways they changed the literary and artistic landscape around them.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87462 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1342 - Nancy Horan "Hundred Days: The Campaign That Ended World War I" By Nick Lloyd http://wamc.org/post/hundred-days-campaign-ended-world-war-i-nick-lloyd <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In the late summer of 1918, after four long years of senseless, stagnant fighting, the Western Front erupted. The bitter four-month struggle that ensued—known as the Hundred Days Campaign—saw some of the bloodiest and most ferocious combat of the Great War, as the Allies grimly worked to break the stalemate in the west and end the conflict that had decimated Europe.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86401 at http://wamc.org "Hundred Days: The Campaign That Ended World War I" By Nick Lloyd Ideas Matter - History Day In Connecticut http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-history-day-connecticut <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This morning in our </span><a href="http://www.wamc.org/term/ideas-matter" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ideas Matter</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> segment, we spotlight the </span><a href="http://www.cthumanities.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut Humanities Council</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and learn about </span><a href="http://www.historydayct.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">History Day In Connecticut</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>CT History Day is part of the National History Day which helps students understand how to "do" history and why our history is important.</p><p>The program reaches hundreds of schools and thousands of children. It's a way of investing in a future audience for history and the humanities and helps CT students connect directly with the history of their country and their state.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86377 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter - History Day In Connecticut "Wondrous Beauty: The Life And Adventures Of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte" By Carol Berkin http://wamc.org/post/wondrous-beauty-life-and-adventures-elizabeth-patterson-bonaparte-carol-berkin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte was renowned as the most beautiful woman of nineteenth-century Baltimore. Her marriage in 1803 to Jérôme Bonaparte, the youngest brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, became inextricably bound to the diplomatic and political histories of the United States, France, and England.</p><p>In <em>Wondrous Beauty</em>, Carol Berkin tells the story of this audacious, outsized life.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85871 at http://wamc.org "Wondrous Beauty: The Life And Adventures Of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte" By Carol Berkin Paul Elisha: The Importance Of Teaching History http://wamc.org/post/paul-elisha-importance-teaching-history <p>Recent announcements by regional theaters and theatrical companies, in New York’s Capital District and in nearby New England, reveal a spate of performances by Broadway road-shows and locally arranged productions of renowned theatrical works of the past.&nbsp; Their goals, to make today’s younger audiences familiar with them, thus keep them historically alive.&nbsp; The idea, although rooted in increased audiences and revenues, is an entirely worthy one.&nbsp; So much so, it put this elderly commentator on the scent of an appropriate vehicle to familiarize young people with historic political events, worthy of remembrance, through retelling by ethical narrators.&nbsp; Thus providing better informed citizens, should the same situations occur again, in the future.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Paul Elisha 85576 at http://wamc.org "The Invention Of Wings: A Novel" By Sue Monk Kidd http://wamc.org/post/invention-wings-novel-sue-monk-kidd <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In <em>The Invention of Wings</em>, Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.</p><p>Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85487 at http://wamc.org "The Invention Of Wings: A Novel" By Sue Monk Kidd