In a new land, the ancient past held special meaning.
'Temple of Aphaea, Aegina' by John Rollin Tilton. Courtesy of Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Americans of all stripes have long embraced the culture of the ancient Mediterranean, using ancient ideals to navigate a new world.
Dust storm on July 3, 1942, at the Manzanar War Relocation Authority Center in California.
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When US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, he caved to war hysteria and paved the way for the incarceration of Japanese Americans.
The giant predators were a deadly danger to early European explorers of the Arctic.
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Do you see a fearsome predator? A fragile icon of impending extinction? What these arctic giants have stood for in art has continually evolved.
U.S. Secretary of Education nominee Miguel Cardona testifies during his confirmation hearing.
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Four experts weigh in on ways to replenish the US teacher workforce and curb burnout.
President-elect Biden promises a new White House agenda and style.
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Scholars of race, foreign policy and the Supreme Court give their informed predictions of what to expect under a Biden administration.
Remote learning poses challenges for some students.
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An admissions dean seeks to take the worry out of applying for college when traditional things like grades, standardized tests and extracurricular activities have been disrupted by COVID-19.
Zuo Ansheng, a flour figurine master, makes flour works related to the coronavirus in Yinan county in Shandong province, Feb. 7, 2020.
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The human spirit is tested during difficult times, but a scholar already has found examples of how people found ways to support one another in China. Other countries have shown similar resilience.
What’s happening with the trees that stay green?
Many deciduous trees put on a dazzling fall foliage display. But coniferous evergreens hold on to their needles and stay green. A biologist breaks down these different survival strategies.
Chesley Bonestell’s detailed drawings of space travel inspired millions.
While the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing is an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable technological achievement, it’s worth reflecting upon the creative vision that made it possible.
How partisans argue tells a lot about how the public sees democracy.
US history is filled with instances where one partisan side charges that the other side’s positions will lead to national ruin. Now, both sides accuse the other of betraying their country.
From cats to dragonflies, Leonardo sketched scores of animals.
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Rather than prioritizing human beings at the pinnacle of the animal kingdom, Leonardo revered all living beings. When he compared people and animals, it’s the animals that often came out on top.
In some societies, kids are taught that they’re in control of their own happiness – which makes them more indulgent.
Children in countries like South Korea and Russia are more obedient, while American kids tend to be more self-indulgent.
Screen shot of Beto O'Rourke’s Facebook ad, 2018.
Health care dominated 2018’s political ads. Digital advertising grew, but hasn’t yet killed TV’s share. And dark money favored Democrats, say scholars studying the volume and content of campaign ads.
Americans have long differed over whether patriotism should be pushed in their nation’s schools.
As debates over protests during the national anthem continue to rage, two scholars examine how legal and moral battles over the merits of patriotism in public schools have been playing out for years.
The KKK assembled in Portland, Maine, in 1923.
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One year after Charlottesville’s white supremacist march, US racism is seen primarily as a Southern-grown problem. But Jim Crow laws started in the North, which has a long history of systemic racism.
A crowd gathers around speakers during a rally for free speech near the University of California, Berkeley campus.
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On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charlottesville, we asked the presidents of Bowdoin, Elon and the University of Washington whether free speech should be treated differently on campus.
Pa-ta-ta… o no. Una mujer trabaja en un stand en un festival de queso en Moscú, Rusia.
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Los rusos consideran que sonreír es un signo de estupidez. Las investigaciones de psicología social pueden explicar estas diferencias culturales.
Say cheese … or not. A woman works a stand at a cheese festival in Moscow, Russia.
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In the US, smiling is a reflexive gesture of goodwill, but Russians view it as a sign of stupidity. Social psychology research could help explain this cultural contrast.
Citizens protesting at the Volokolamsk town hall, after noxious fumes from a local landfill sent 50 children to the hospital.
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Massive noxious garbage dumps piling up around Moscow have sparked citizen protests. And those protests are turning into criticism of the political system, which could threaten the Putin regime.
Oprah’s ‘Time’s up!’ speech at the Golden Globes got people talking about her candidacy in 2020.
Getting to the White House would mean overcoming issues of race and gender.