Ana Nzinga Mbande, Fearless African Queen

Queen Nzinga Mbande was a ruthless and powerful 17th century African ruler of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms (modern-day Angola). Nzinga fearlessly and cleverly fought for the freedom and stature of her kingdoms against the Portuguese, who were colonizing the area at the time. By KeriLynn Engel Around the turn of the 17th century, the[…]

Dreams and Thunder – Indigenous Feminism

Photo of Zitkala-Ša by Joseph T. Keiley, 1898. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. By Dory Nason / 06.13.2016 To tell the history of Indigenous feminism, we have to acknowledge that such a history can’t be easily distilled down to a few pages or simply based on the origins we think we know and understand about[…]

Pizarro and the Fall of the Inca Empire

By Mark Cartwright In 1533 CE the Inca Empire was the largest in the world. It extended across western South America from Quito in the north to Santiago in the south. However, the lack of integration of conquered peoples into that empire, combined with a civil war to claim the Inca throne and a devastating[…]

Early-Onset Alzheimer’s: Should You Worry?

President Obama awards a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Pat Summitt in 2012. Summit died June 28 from early-onset Alzheimer’s. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters By Dr. Troy Rohn / 06.30.2016 Professor of Biology Boise State University You have forgotten where you put your car keys, or you can’t seem to remember the name of your colleague you[…]