Hand showing small pox pustules

Pox in the City

From cows to controversy, the smallpox vaccine triumphs.

Performance of <em>Twelfth Night</em>

Shakespeare in Six Parts

Actors and Scholars explore the hidden wonders of more than a half dozen plays.

Collage of images suggesting the humanities.

Looking for Truth in Utah

How one university course has affected a generation of mostly Mormon students.

Guastavino vaulted staircase, 1914

Vaulting Ambition

The artful masonry of Rafael Guastavino rediscovered.

A farmer digs through drifting sand in Oklahoma

Children of the Dust

The Dirty Thirties as witnessed by people who were actually there.

Georgia Congressman John Lewis speaks from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

Celebrating Freedom

The meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation, for those at the time and for us today.

Thaddeus Stevens was a resolute fighter

Remarkable Radical: Thaddeus Stevens

Thaddeus Stevens was a fearsome reformer, who never backed down from a fight.

Drawing of Emily Dickinson

The Image of a Writer

Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, and the conflict between publication and privacy.

Alexander von Humboldt

Humboldt in the New World

Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."

Bram Stoker in 1906

When Bram Met Walt

Before conjuring Dracula, Bram Stoker poured his soul out to America's poet.