Humanities Desk On Demand

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››
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››
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.
March 6, 2015
As a Nebraska college student in the 1920s LaSelle Gilman told everyone who would listen that he planned to travel to exotic locales and write about his adventures. He achieved his ambition, but first this Minnesota-born writer spent two decades as a foreign correspondent in Shanghai. This radio... more››
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.
February 8, 2015
Running your own business is hard, and it can be even harder if you're Latino in Nebraska, whether you were born here, like 60 percent of the state's Latino population, or immigrated here. Nebraska's Hispanic/Latino population is growing rapidly, expected to triple in the next 35 years, and with... more››