All I Want For Christmas
Our collections include many holiday-themed artifacts. This one is an early cartoon of Santa Claus, drawn by a Kansas artist. What did Santy look like around 1900? A bit different from today's version, as you might imagine.
Some art has strong historical value. These paintings by Croatian American artist Marijana Grisnik depict memories of an old Kansas City neighborhood known as Strawberry Hill.
Left in the Dust
We think nothing of jumping in the car no matter what the weather, but a century ago open cars and dirt roads made it difficult to look good after a drive. This motoring coat protected early-day road warriors from the elements.
Securing the right to vote was a major milestone for women in America. As we approach Women's History Month, we consider a controversial painting in our collections that commented on the rights of 19th century women in politics and society. Its title is American Woman and Her Political Peers.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman
Most of us had a favorite piece of clothing from childhood. Hear about a dress from the turn of the last century, worn by a girl who would later become a prolific artist.
Fellowship artist profile: Larry McNeil (Tlingit/ Nisgaá)
Larry Tee Harbor Jackson McNeil (Tlingit / Nisgaá)
Larry Tee Harbor Jackson McNeil has exhibited his work throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. Among other honors, McNeil is a 2006 recipient of the National Geographic All Roads Project Award. “I have been working on this fly by night mythology work for quite sometime now. It started out as a look at our Tlingit traditional stories with Raven the Changeling and Trickster playing th
Fellowship distingushed artist profile: James A. Luna (Luiseño)
James A. Luna (Luiseño)
Performance art and installation
Pauma Valley, California
James Luna has said, “…performance and installation offers an opportunity like no other for Native Americans to express themselves.” Luna, who has performed and exhibited installations throughout the United States and internationally in Europe and Asia, often uses his body as a means to critique the objectification of Native American cultures in Western museum and cul
The case for embryo research
Professor of reproductive biology at Warwick Medical School Justin St John explains why his proposed work into using very early stage hybrid human-animal embryos for research is necessary.
The biology of the 21st Century
Professor Denis Noble, who was a pioneer in the field of systems biology building the first working mathematical model of the heart and has been given an honorary degree at Warwick, talks about how the future study of biology will change in the 21st Century.
Technology Matters - making choices about the tools we use.
Why does technology matter? How often do we thing about the implications of our choices of one tool over another? What were the decisions that brought us to our current technological world? In his new book Technology Matters, Professor David Nye of Warwick's School of Comparative American Studies poses a series of questions challenging us to think a little deeper about the tools and technology surrounding us. From the use (or non-use) of the wheel in North Africa to IMAX theatres at the Grand C
Lewis Lapham on 'Celebrity in Contemporary Culture'
The Institute for Contemporary Culture presented the fourth annual Eva Hotby Lecture on Contemporary Culture on October 27, 2009. Celebrated American writer and publishing magnate Lewis Lapham, explores the theme of celebrity in modern society. This lecture was inspired by the ICC exhibition, Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913 - 2008.
Anne Tanenbaum Lecture Series: Dr. Eric Meyers
Listen as Dr. Eric Meyers (Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Jewish Studies, and Director, Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University. Past President, American Schools of Oriental Research) explores the relationship between the disparate groups that populated Sepphoris through the ages. The opinions expressed in this lecture are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).
Insurance Building on the Northeast Quadrant of Monument Circle
The Insurance Building and the Water Company building next door occupy the site that will become the Fidelity Bank Building. In the foreground is the statue of William Henry Harrison.,Appears in Destination Indiana 4
Remembering Jim Crow
Remembering Jim Crow is a companion to a radio documentary, and examines the system that, for much of the 20th century, barred many African Americans from their rights as U.S. citizens. Read personal histories of segregation. See a sampling of Jim Crow laws. Learn how African Americans fought economic hardships imposed by Jim Crow and how they built social institutions to combat segregation.
London, England - Study Abroad
The current era presents the most energetic and challenging of times for North American study abroad programs, given intensifying concerns with such urgent international issues as globalization, transnational migration, ethnic and religious encounters and collisions, planetary environmental concerns, world health, and the turbulent state of global finance. Students study in what is arguably the world's most cosmopolitan city, a located suited for engaging with such crucial international prioriti
One of the most remarkable features of modern European history is the gradual emergence of that theoretical reasoning and experimental practice focused on the natural world that today we call science. In this unit we throw light on that eventual emergence of modern science in Europe by examining its beginnings in Greece and making comparisons with the early achievements of Chinese and Islamic science. You then return to medieval Europe in order to understand the intellectual and social origins o
President Heckler Lilly Conference Address - Part 1
Valparaiso University President Mark Heckler speaks on the subject of "The Arts as Institutional Signature" during the 20th anniversary national conference of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts (www.lillyfellows.org). More than 200 scholars from across the United States converged at Valparaiso University, Oct. 14 to 17, 2010, to discuss how colleges and students are being affected by changing notions of place, community and higher learning in the 21st century. How distance lear
21L.702 Studies in Fiction: Stowe, Twain, and the Transformation of 19th-Century America (MIT)
This seminar looks at two bestselling nineteenth-century American authors whose works made the subject of slavery popular among mainstream readers. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain have subsequently become canonized and reviled, embraced and banned by individuals and groups at both ends of the political and cultural spectrum and everywhere in between.
18.755 Introduction to Lie Groups (MIT)
This course is devoted to the theory of Lie Groups with emphasis on its connections with Differential Geometry. The text for this class is Differential Geometry, Lie Groups and Symmetric Spaces by Sigurdur Helgason (American Mathematical Society, 2001). Much of the course material is based on Chapter I (first half) and Chapter II of the text. The text however develops basic Riemannian Geometry, Complex Manifolds, as well as a detailed theory of Semisimple Lie Groups and Symmetric
Reel American History Project
The general goal of the Reel American History project is to foster critical thinking about a matter of enduring cultural attention, especially where young people are concerned: the formation of our national identity. Reel American History is designed to be a "Collaborative Shared Resource". It aims at being a large, ongoing, cumulative, collaborative project that involves many students and many faculty over a long period of time. We strive to engage students in authentic learning – making st