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A Valentine from Emily

Detail Victorian Valentine. Brooklyn Museum
Valentine's Day in mid-19th-century America was a week-long celebration of friendship. In that era, the week leading up to February 14 was filled with exchanges of witty, whimsical, hand-written notes between friends who were not always romantically involved.Emily Dickinson was no exception. During Valentine’s week, 1850, the 20-year old writer penned this couplet, which opens a longer poem that was delivered to Elbridge Bowdoin, a law partner of her father and a family-friend.Read More »
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Q and A with Humanities Practitioners: Carol Mattusch

Carol Mattusch
Carol C. Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History, emerita, at George Mason University, has taught and lectured on Greek and Roman art and archaeology and on the rediscovery of the ancient world on the Bay of Naples. Over the course of a notable career, she has curated two museum exhibits and served on the advisory committee for Power & Pathos, for which she also wrote an essay for the catalogue as well as three entries for the D.C.Read More »
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Crime and Punishment turns 150!

Znamenskii Place, St. Petersburg, c. 1890–1900. Detroit Publishing Co. Library o
All is in a man's hands and he lets it all slip from cowardice, that's an axiom. It would be interesting to know what it is men are most afraid of. Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what they fear most.—Fydor DostoyevskyRead More »
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Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King

The Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, Washington, DC
On the third Monday of January, Americans celebrate the life and achievement of one of our most respected citizens—Martin Luther King, Jr.  Read More »
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Shakespeare's First Folio National Tour 2016

First Folio London 1623, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
“This is a wonderful testimony to the Folger and to the remarkable interest there is in Shakespeare.” —David Kastan, “Did He Even Know He Was Shakespeare?”Read More »
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