Dolley Madison, William Clark, and other historical figures headline in this summer's Chautauqua.
A new film captures the restless intellect of Benjamin Franklin.
Benjamin Franklin's papers reveal how he wooed the French to win our war.
A scholar talks about her forty-eight years with Franklin.
Thirty-seven volumes and counting.
Degas, Zola, Verlaine, and others gathered for his Parisian salons.
Boccaccio's stories of medieval life are reborn on the web.
A trove of letters reveals the wit and intrigue of the Medici courts.
A captive and an owner give firsthand accounts of the transatlantic voyage.
Excerpts from the works of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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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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