Anna Deavere Smith delivers the 44th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities
Caroline Kim is a freelance writer in San Francisco.
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The Corps of Discovery heads into uncharted territory looking for a mythical passage to the Far East.
His path of destruction across Asia left an unexpected artistic legacy.
A new film captures the restless intellect of Benjamin Franklin.
Boccaccio's stories of medieval life are reborn on the web.
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Humboldt in the New World
Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."
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Done with Tolstoy
Famed translators Pevear and Volokhonsky reach another milestone.
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