Anna Deavere Smith delivers the 44th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities
Richard Brookhiser shows the relevance of Alexander Hamilton to our modern lives.
One hundred years after his death on April 21, 1910, Mark Twain is having one of the busiest years of his afterlife.
This year's class of National Humanities Medalists.
The founder of the Sierra Club worshiped the outdoor world.
How America kept Russia from starving.
Sometime in the late 1960s or early seventies, a neighbor told Guan Moye about a writer he knew whose work was so popular that he could afford to eat jiaozi—“those tasty little pork dumplings
How the Civil War changed Walt Whitman's poetry.
Fifty-five outdoor sculptures define a modern sensibility at tiny Ursinus College.
The Americans triumphed over yellow fever, landslides, and worker strikes to change the earth's landscape.
World's fairs during the Depression.
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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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