The literary canon is filled with intelligent, feisty, never-say-die heroines, and legendary female authors. Like today’s women, they too placed a premium on personality, spirituality, career, sisterhood, and family. When their backs were against the wall, characters like Scarlett O’Hara, Jo March, Jane Eyre, and Elizabeth Bennet fought back - sometimes with words, sometimes with gritty actions.
On June 12, an armed gunman murdered 49 guests at a gay club in Orlando, sending the nation and the LGBTQ and Latinx community into mourning.
No, an alarm clock hasn’t been going off on the bottom of the ocean floor in Northern Canada - but something annoying appears to be happening down there.
Journalists and news nerds everywhere paused today to mourn the death of Gwen Ifill, who died of cancer today at age 61.
On Thursday, Boston will light up its Christmas tree - an annual gift from the people of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in memory of a long-ago gesture of kindness.
This morning, President-elect Donald Trump raised eyebrows with a tweet suggesting that those who burn the American flag be stripped of their citizenship or jailed - punishments that are expressly illegal under current United States law.
Silent films flickered across the screen in black and white, but popular memory of the silent era is more white than black. But just how involved were African-Americans in the early film industry, anyway?
For both the English settlers who landed at Plymouth Rock, and the Native Americans who met them, their first meetings introduced an entirely new soundscape. But with the passage of time, many of those sounds were lost—especially as the religious traditions that were so important to colonists and indigenous peoples changed or died out.
How many historically significant women can you name? No matter what your gender identity, it’s likely that the number you can list off the top of your head pales in comparison to that of noteworthy men.
What does an Andy Warhol look like? On the surface, that’s easy to explain: a soup can here, a Marilyn Monroe head there.
Head to any major city in the United States and you’ll see bike share programs like New York’s CitiBike and Denver’s B-cycle.
Food makes an appearance in plenty of Christmas carols, from corn for popping to chestnuts roasting over an open fire. But as NPR reports, one of the most cited yet mysterious Christmas carol dishes is “figgy pudding” — a treat that neither contains figs, nor is a pudding in the American sense.
Malaria is one of the modern world’s most pressing public health challenges - a disease made even trickier by how difficult it has proven to come up with and mass produce new treatments. But now, a scientific breakthrough could change this. Researchers have learned how to hack tobacco plants to manufacture the most effective anti-malarial treatment in quantities that could one day make the drug more widely available.
What kind of costume will you see when you open the door to those adorable trick-or-treaters this Halloween? If you’re thinking an old-fashioned ghost, get with the program - today’s kids love character-driven costumes instead.
When Susan B. Anthony died in 1906 at age 86, her funeral overflowed with mourners. Despite the fact that there was a blizzard raging in Rochester, New York, thousands packed into the church service and over 10,000 others showed up to pass by her flag-draped coffin and pay their respects.
It isn't easy to save cultural heritage from the ravages of nature, but a national task force thinks it's worth trying.
A century ago, “the war to end all wars” raged throughout Europe - a war that racked up nearly 38 million casualties, including upwards of 8.5 million deaths. More than 900,000 of the dead were British soldiers, and since 2014, 100 years after the war began, thousands of people in the UK have seen a huge field of red ceramic poppies, the symbol of war remembrance throughout the Commonwealth, pop up around well-known landmarks like the Tower of London.
In 1934, one of America’s most notorious prisoners, gangster Al Capone, was carted off from an Atlanta penitentiary to the United States’ most cutting-edge prison: a maximum-security prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. But what did Al Capone do while in the pen for tax evasion and contempt of court? A letter now on auction sums up his leisure activities in two words: prison band.
Kigali’s #CarFreeDay is a first for Africa.
Often, the wheels of historical scholarship turn in an orderly, if underwhelmingly unglamorous, fashion. But every once in a while, a scholarship story emerges that reads more like a plot lifted from The Da Vinci Code than a tale of everyday archives and archaeologists. Take the recent analysis of a message from Benito Mussolini beneath an obelisk in Rome - a tale that pitted a group of classical scholars against a long-forgotten document.