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illustration of a 1950s computer

The Rise of the Machines

How to turn language, the core operating system of the humanities, into numbers . . .

"I ask no quarter and I fear no foe." —William Goebel, 1899

The Late Governor Goebel

Governor Goebel: He fought, killed, and was killed.

Portrait of Aaron Burr in 1802

Burr versus Jefferson versus Marshall

The president accuses his former vice president of treason and tussles with a Supreme Court justice.

Lady Bird Johnson and hostesses aboard the Lady Bird Special

Lady Bird Special

The first First Lady to hit the campaign trail without her husband

Among the Waves by Ivan Aivazovsky

The Blue Humanities

In studying the sea, we are returning to our beginnings.

Rowhouse in Chestertown

Majoring in History

A visit to Chestertown, Maryland.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What accounts for Emerson's endurance as a writer?

Martin Scorsese

2013 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities

Martin Scorsese takes the stage.

Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta

"With Love and Resolution": An Appreciation

The Art of Martin Scorsese

Lev Tolstoy, 1908

Done with Tolstoy

Famed translators Pevear and Volokhonsky reach another milestone.