Anna Deavere Smith delivers the 44th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities
Before conjuring Dracula, Bram Stoker poured his soul out to America's poet.
Students from around the globe show their mettle at National History Day.
The Civil War divided Americans into two kinds of people.
How a feathered serpent god presided over a forgotten golden age of Mexican art.
The U.S. Capitol, as we know it today, would never have existed without Jefferson Davis.
George Washington was not born a leader but he carefully made himself into one.
Henry David Thoreau went in for society, but on his own terms.
Barbara Tuchman saw history as a grand tragedy
As Germany occupied France, Green brought Paris to life in his superlative diaries.
The battle for Nietzsche's legacy began when Count Hary Kessler met Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche.
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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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