Women and the 1956 Congress of Black Writers and Artists in Paris

Photo via AAIHS Examining the significant contributions of women and the dynamics of gender at the 1956 Congress of Black Writers and Artists in Paris.  By Merve Fejzulah PhD Candidate in Historical Studies University of Cambridge The First International Congress of Black Writers and Artists, held from September 19-22, 1956 at the Sorbonne in Paris, was[…]

Meet the Real François-Thomas Germain, Sculptor-Silversmith of the Enlightenment

Centerpiece for a Table, 1754, François-Thomas Germain. Silver, 8 1/4 × 14 1/2 × 9 1/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005.43. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program Germain’s artistic achievements are more amazing than his radical schemes in a video game. By Charissa Bremer-David / 07.23.2018 Associate Curator, Department of Sculpture[…]

The Origins of Magna Carta

Professor David Carpenter and Professor Nicholas Vincent discuss the reign of King John, the grievances of the barons and the circumstances in which Magna Carta was created in 1215. Exploring the medieval context in which the historic agreement at Runnymede was created, examining King John’s Plantagenet heritage, his loss of French territory and his relationship[…]