The Story of Anna May Wong, Internationally Acclaimed Actress

Anna May Wong was the first Chinese-American movie star and the first Asian-American actress to gain international fame. She used her fame and influence to talk about and protest the racist practices in Hollywood, protesting against racist depictions of Chinese characters, and opening up more significant and starring roles for herself and many actors of[…]

An Early Attempt to Build an African-American Museum in 1907

By Dr. Eric S. Hintz / 09.15.2016 Historian and Fellowship Coordinator Lemelson Center for the Study of Innovation and Invention Smithsonian National Museum of American History Vista of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, from Constitution Avenue, looking across the north lawn to the Washington Monument, 2016. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC. On September[…]

Funerary Portraiture Helps Scholars Reconstruct the Social History of Ancient Palmyra

Rubina Raja (center) at the Getty Villa with Frances Terpak (left) and Peter Bonfitto (right) of the Getty Research Institute, co-curators of The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra. Photo: John Kiffe More than 3,000 Roman-era funerary busts, now dispersed in museums around the world, offer a picture of Palmyra’s once-thriving multicultural society   By Annelisa Stephan[…]

The Archaeology of Middle Minoan Crete

Minoan royal tomb at ancient Fourni / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Jeremy B. Rutter Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies Sherman Fairchild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities Dartmouth College Pottery, Chronology and External Contacts Middle Minoan IA (ca. 2050/2000-2000/1950 B.C.)   Left: House D at Mochlos / Wikimedia Commons Right: House B at Vasiliki / Dumbarton[…]