Anna Deavere Smith delivers the 44th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities
Anna Maria Gillis is managing editor of humanities.
The story of Cathay Williams, the only known female Buffalo Soldier.
Wayward Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay
The founder of the Sierra Club worshiped the outdoor world.
Long indecipherable letters, written in ink made from crushed seeds, are now readable through spectral imaging.
Michael of Rhodes was not your typical fifteenth-century Venetian, and he left his manuscript as proof.
The year was marked by adulation.
A new building opens its doors at the Denver Art Museum.
A child star becomes a movie mogul.
A Greek historian first noted the connection between wealth and power.
An interview with author James L. W. West III.
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Humboldt in the New World
Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."
By Anna Maria Gillis
Done with Tolstoy
Famed translators Pevear and Volokhonsky reach another milestone.
By Kevin Mahnken
A Workingman's Poet
Frankness and plain speaking made Carl Sandburg a celebrity.
By Danny Heitman
The Blue Humanities
In studying the sea, we are returning to our beginnings.
By John R. Gillis
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What accounts for Emerson's endurance as a writer?
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