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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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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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How Teachers Can Make the Most of “Power and Pathos”

Alexander the Great on Horseback
Even though we are based in Washington, D.C., a city filled with world-class museums that frequently offer exceptional exhibits, we’ve never written about them on this blog. This is not because we aren’t interested in writing about art and culture in the classroom—far from it!Read More »
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Rudyard Kipling at 150

“Rikki-Tikki was awake on the pillow,” (1895 edition) The Two Jungle Books
Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet…But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!—Rudyard Kipling “The Ballad of East and West” This week we mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rudyard Kipling, born in Bombay (Mumbai), India, on December 30, 1865.Read More »
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