Mapping the Family Tree of Stars

Astronomers are borrowing principles applied in biology and archaeology to build a family tree of the stars in the galaxy. By studying chemical signatures found in the stars, they are piecing together these evolutionary trees looking at how the stars formed and how they are connected to each other. The signatures act as a proxy[…]

Trump May Thrive in Chaos, but the Presidency Cannot

  By Michael Gerson / 02.19.2017 Washington Post Columnist In early January, Speaker Paul Ryan met on the issue of tax reform with a delegation from the president-elect. Attending were future chief strategist and senior counselor Stephen Bannon, future Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, future senior adviser Jared Kushner, future counselor Kellyanne Conway and future[…]

Social Science at the Crossroads: The History of Political Science in America and Its Social Impact

White House / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration By Louisa Hotson / 08.09.2016 PhD Candidate in Political Science London School of Economics and Political Science University of Oxford Just like cigarettes and air travel, the social sciences were much more glamorous in the 1960s than they are today. In the 1960s social science faculties[…]

Life in Industrial America

“Mulberry Street, New York City,” ca. 1900, Library of Congress By Jacob Betz / 08.01.2016 PhD Candidate in History University of Chicago The American Yawp Introduction When British author Rudyard Kipling visited Chicago in 1889, he described a city captivated by technology and blinded by greed. He described a rushed and crowded city, a “huge[…]

How Black Americans Protected Fleeing Slaves before the Civil War

Slave shackles in a display case at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters By Dr. Barbara Krauthamer / 02.06.2017 Associate Professor of History University of Massachusetts, Amherst Opposition between federal authorities and local communities is hardly new. As a scholar of slavery and emancipation, I have studied[…]

Goddesses in Celtic Religion: Water Goddesses

A mountain stream / Photo by Dilshad Roshan, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Noémie Beck / 12.04.2009 Professor of Irish Studies Concordia University Introduction This is devoted to goddesses linked to water, such as rivers, springs, fountains, lakes, etc. Water has always been regarded as a particular sacred element of the landscape, worshipped for its life-giving[…]