Anna Deavere Smith delivers the 44th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities
Steve Moyer is associate editor of humanities magazine.
Fashioned from yucca fibers, the sandal pictured here was probably worn over five thousand years ago and is one of the oldest artifacts found at Franktown Cave in southern Colorado.
Low platforms helped passengers in getting on and off streetcars and resulted in decreased running times and fewer accidents.
Familiarly known as the “Ocean State,” Rhode Island’s full official name includes “and Providence Plantations,” words the state legislature has resolved to drop.
The Exhibition Hall at the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia, with its original systematic scheme of cherry-wood cabinets dating from the 1880s, provides a rare view of a Victorian scie
In China they were called cainü.
It would be hard to imagine anyone more learned about the German spoken today in central Texas than Hans Boas.
First of all, they are not even French. Second, they’re hardly household names.
Mention the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and what comes to mind are workers heaving bales along a waterfront, operating straddle carriers shipside, or driving winches above break bulk c
How the French Revolution reappropriated the favored playwright of Louis XIV.
In an otherworldly black-and-white photo taken in midtown Manhattan by renowned jazz photographer William Gottlieb on a rainy night in July 1948, jam-packed neon signs shine brightly along both sides
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