A 1974 photograph of Buffalo’s Shoreline Apartments. George Burns/National Arcvhives at College Park

Architecture

Should architecturally significant low-income housing be preserved?

Mismanaged and in disrepair, many low-income housing complexes are nonetheless seen as important avatars of modern architecture. But are calls for their preservation forgetting those who matter most?
Haitian President Jean-Pierre Boyer receiving Charles X’s decree recognizing Haitian independence on July 11, 1825. Bibliotheque Nationale de France

History

When France extorted Haiti – the greatest heist in history

After enduring decades of exploitation at the hands of the French, Haiti somehow ended up paying reparations – to the tune of nearly $30 billion in today's money.
‘Jacob’s Dream’ by Salvador Rosa (c. 1665). artuk.org

Language

How did ‘white’ become a metaphor for all things good?

We want to be whitelisted and not blacklisted for jobs. White lies make stretching the truth okay, but you don't want to receive a black mark on your record.
The white-moves-first rule became standard in the late 1800s. Nupat Arjkla / EyeEm / Getty Images

Why does white always go first in chess?

Ever since the late 1800s, it has been standard for white to go first in chess. Has the time come to get rid of that rule?
We love to bad-mouth processed foods – usually while our mouths are full of it. IcemanJ via Getty Images

Food

An ode to mac and cheese, the poster child for processed food

For National Mac and Cheese Day, a food historian explains how the popular boxed dinner played an important role in kitchen science, wars and women's liberation.
There have already been at least 100 instances of journalists being assaulted or harassed while covering recent protests. Nick Lehr/The Conversation

Media

It can’t happen here – and then it did

For almost a century, American popular culture has perpetuated the idea that only journalists working in foreign countries could be in danger.
A bird house on an exterior wall of the Yeni Valide mosque in Istanbul. Christiane Gruber / Anurag Papolu

Video: A place for people to pray and birds to sing

The mosque is where men and women and children go to pray. But, according to art historian Christiane Gruber, some make room for other, non-human creatures too.
It takes roughly 90 years for the living memory of an event to disappear. Anurag Papolu/The Conversation via AP Images

Memorials

As collective memory fades, so will our ability to prepare for the next pandemic

A global pandemic might be at the forefront of everyone's minds. But we can't assume that future threats will get the attention they deserve from people living in an information-saturated world.

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