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John Ruskin

John Ruskin Taught Victorian Readers and Travelers the Art of Cultivation

His power of observation gave “eyes” to generations. 

Young people in front of a theater in Berkeley, California, in the early 70s

The Late Great Planet Earth Made the Apocalypse a Popular Concern

How could one book be read so differently by millions of people?

Thoreau and Mary Moody Emerson

Mary Moody Emerson Was a Scholar, a Thinker, and an Inspiration

She saw connections among the minds she encountered in books and in person.

Tenement in Five Points, New York City

Reading Charles Darwin Utterly Changed How Charles Loring Brace Thought about Social Reform

Like his fellow abolitionists, Brace drew on Darwin’s writings to guide his thinking.

Robert Rich, Second earl of Warwick

A Lot of What Is Known about Pirates Is Not True, and a Lot of What Is True Is Not Known.

The pirate next door.

newspaper collage

The Art of Thinking in Other People’s Heads

The addictive qualities of light reading. 

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Winter 2017 available on ISSUU

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Jackie Kennedy with model of Lafayette Square

The White House Historical Association Tells the Saga of a Living Museum

From Dolley Madison saving Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington during the War of 1812, the furnishings of the White House set the stage for the country's history.

National Humanities Medal

The 2015 National Humanities Medalists

Rudolfo Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya

The godfather of Chicano literature.