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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.

Boxcar Bertha

Knowing the Scorsese

A Selective Filmography

Still from "The Red Shoes"

Saving Grace

How the Film Foundation restored The Red Shoes and is preserving cinematic history.

Poster of Eliza from Uncle Tom's Cabin crossing the Ohio River.

The First Great American Novel

It was Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Portrait of Carl Sandburg

A Workingman's Poet

Frankness and plain speaking made Carl Sandburg a celebrity.

Black Muslim rally, Harlem, 1963

Civil Rights and the Changing World

How history was made and how it's being written

NAACP parade with marchers carrying a coffin for Jim Crow.

From Freedom to Equality with NEH

“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.