Metaphysics isn’t ordinarily much of a laughing matter. But in the hands of acclaimed comedy writer and scholar Eric Kaplan, a search for the truth about old St. Nick becomes a deeply insightful, laugh-out-loud discussion of the way some things exist but may not really be there. Just like Santa and his reindeer.
We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.
Today we check in with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and their Commonwealth Speaker series where they present experts from a variety of backgrounds—arts and museum educators, folk artists, dancers, musicians, scholars—who offer presentations on a wide range of popular topics.
Kelly Armor brings 20 years experience as a professional folk musician and storyteller to her Commonwealth Speaker presentation entitled: All Stories Are True and Some Have Actually Happened – an interactive presentation on storytelling and traditional music.
The odds are good that you know a narcissist. The odds are also good that they are intelligent, confident, and articulate—the center of attention.
Narcissists are everywhere. There are millions of them in the United States alone: entertainers, politicians, business people, your neighbors. Recognizing and understanding them is crucial to your not being overtaken by them, says Jeffrey Kluger, in his provocative new book, The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed - in Your World.
Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are among the greatest in history, but Napoleon Bonaparte was far more than a military genius and astute leader of men. Like George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar, he was one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all times.
Andrew Roberts’ Napoleon: A Life is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon’s thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation.
One the founders of the genre now known as thrash metal, Scott Ian was a typical Jewish kid in 1960s Queens, into comics and movies. His life changed forever when he saw bands like KISS and the Ramones, and before long, he was on the road himself, the heartbeat of the band Anthrax, contemporaries with bands like Metallica and Slayer.