Humanities

The Princess Bride and Her Dress

Fifty years ago this week, in what was hailed as “the wedding of the century,” Hollywood icon Grace Kelly was married to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. In commemoration of the anniversary, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is now displaying, for the first time since 1997, the bride’s famous wedding

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Sketches from a Secret War

Aspiring artist turned intelligence operative, powerful statesman, and underground activist, Henryk Józewski was an instrumental figure in the battle for Polish independence during the tumultuous decades of the early and mid twentieth century. He put down his paintbrush long enough to direct Polish intelligence in Ukraine, govern the borderland region

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In Memoriam: William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

“The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.” – William Sloane Coffin, Jr. The Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr., a magnet for controversy, the media, and followers, and the premier voice of northern religious liberalism for more than a quarter-century, died yesterday

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Portraits of the Hazleton Public Schools

“A good story in a picture is much better than being alive. Being alive is complicated and hard, but a good picture — I can get lost in it.” – Judith Joy Ross For three years in the early 1990s, as a way of revisiting the experience of growing up,

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Green Squall

“April is the cruelest month,” T.S. Eliot once wrote, and for the last ten years, since its inception in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, has also been National Poetry Month. As part of this month-long national celebration of poetry, and in order to mitigate April’s cruelty, Yale Press

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Guggenheim Grants Fellowship to Mike Heffley

Writer and composer Mike Heffley, author of the acclaimed Northern Sun, Southern Moon: Europe’s Reinvention of Jazz, has been named one of this year’s recipients of a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to “men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative

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Yale Drama Series

Yale University Press and Yale Repertory Theatre are joining forces in a new venture to support emerging playwrights. They will jointly sponsor a major new playwriting competition, The Yale Drama Series. The winner of the annual competition will be awarded the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her

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The Revenge of Thomas Eakins

Thomas Eakins was misunderstood in life, his brilliant work earned little acclaim, and hidden demons tortured and drove him. Yet the portraits he painted more than a century ago captivate us today, and he is now widely acclaimed as the finest portrait painter our nation has ever produced. The Revenge

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David Hockney Portraits

A fifty-year retrospective devoted to the portraiture of David Hockney, the most well-known British artist of his generation, is currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The exhibition contains more than 150 of Hockney’s portraits of family members, fellow artists, companions—and himself—in diverse media, from his

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Finding Support in Male-Dominated Fields

If I’m not busy every second of every day, it seems that I’m not working hard enough.  Maybe having a fulfilling personal life is incompatible with a successful career.   I feel like an emotional cafeteria, responding to what others want.  I feel responsible for everything but have no power

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