Anna Deavere Smith delivers the 44th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities
David Skinner is editor of HUMANITIES.
Scorsese blurs the line between entertainment and art.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.
Recently, a young African-American reader told me she did not see herself in the covers of HUMANITIES.
From the vaulted arch to Celebrating Freedom.
The Civil War divided Americans into two kinds of people.
From questions of legacy to a writer's talents for cinema review and scene-making.
Oberlin, Ohio, becomes unlikely point of convergence in this issue.
In this issue we take in the legacies of two celebrated Americans, whose love of country was profoundly qualified. Robert E.
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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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