Edible Lessons in Asian-American History from a Cookie Artist

The artist uses her craft to represent and raise awareness of Asian-American history and identity. Jasmine Cho knows the power of a good cookie. “Cookies,” she says, “can make anything more palatable.” Including conversations about race and social justice in America. A baker based in Pittsburgh, Cho creates intricate, hand-drawn cookie portraits of Asian-American figures[…]

Birds of the Pacific: American Museum of Natural History’s Hidden Masterpiece

The Whitney hall was once one of the crown jewels of the museum, alongside the halls of African and North American mammals. By Jonathan MeiburgOrnithologist Visitors to the American Museum of Natural History’s popular Butterfly Conservatorycould be forgiven a moment’s confusion when they enter the exhibit through an archway marked ‘Birds of the Pacific.’ A framed[…]

When Did Vesuvius Erupt? The Evidence For and Against August 24

Clues from texts, objects, and science shed light on one of the greatest natural disasters in world history. By Kenneth Lapatin and Alina Kozlovski Introduction On August 24, 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, destroying the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. At least, that’s the date inscribed in the history books. As well-publicized recent discoveries have suggested,[…]