Anna Deavere Smith delivers the 44th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities
America's greatest personal essayist was more than a little shy and intensely self-conscious.
On letters, diaries, and other records of the American story at the Massachusetts Historical Society
In a digital archive of Hamlet quartos, classic Shakespearean words come and go.
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross tells the story of a people whose sense of identity is distinctly apart and distinctly American.
Using modern technology to understand a network of eighteenth-century thinkers.
The race to save Nome from a diphtheria outbreak
"Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints," featuring the art of Brazil is on exhibit in Detroit.
This patriarch of American science was an enemy of Darwin.
Aldo Leopold's visionary thinking still guides today's environmental stewards.
What happened when Stéphane Mallarmé reimagined the book.
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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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