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This year's Jefferson Lecturer, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., talks with NEH Chairman Bruce Cole about building a canon of African American literature.
A captive and an owner give firsthand accounts of the transatlantic voyage.
By Amy Lifson
The new chairman talks about what art means to history and what he sees ahead for the Endowment.
Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright Derek Walcott talks with NEH Chairman William R. Ferris about literature, Caribbean culture, and Robinson Crusoe.
Writer William Kittredge reflects on the passing of the Old West and the growing pains of the new with NEH Chairman William R. Ferris.
Douglas E. Barnett talks with NEH Chairman William R. Ferris about taking the New Handbook of Texas online.
Historian Lynn H. Nichols talks about the theft of European treasures in World War II with William R. Ferris.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright talks about morality and the public role of the artist with Chairman William R. Ferris.
Historian Michael Beschloss discusses the American presidency and how it has changed from the founding fathers to the Information Age.
Bellow's biographer, James Atlas, talks about the successes and trials of the Nobel Prize-winner's life with Chairman William R. Ferris.
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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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