Anna Deavere Smith delivers the 44th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities
Anna Maria Gillis is managing editor of humanities.
Making the pilgrimage to a repository of the blues.
Early Icelanders turned feuding into an art form.
Treasures from the Bishop Museum tell the Hawaiian royal story.
Some forty-niners found instant wealth in California, but for most the trek west meant hardship and loss.
Tory sentiments and battlefield diaries offer a different view of the American Revolution.
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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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