Smithsonian American Art Museum Director Discusses Frederic Church’s Paintings

Frederic Church painted landscapes of distinctive American features, including Natural Bridge in Virginia and Niagara Falls in New York. Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, explores how and why we used these American landscapes to distinguish the scale and scope of our cultural ambitions.

Dartmouth Professor Looks at History of Fascism

Dartmouth professor Graziella Parati tells the history of fascism and its roots in Italy in 1919, and explores similarities and differences in the fascist regimes of Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco.

Biographer Harold Holzer Revisits Lincoln’s Second Inaugural

Historians rank Abraham Lincoln’s majestic second inaugural address as one of the greatest political orations in American history. But at the time, the speech generated entirely partisan responses. Preeminent Lincoln biographer Harold Holzer revisits the unforgettable day of March 4, 1865.

Yale Law School’s Emily Bazelon Examines Mass Incarceration

Over the last 40 years, prosecutors have driven the country toward mass incarceration and a crisis of justice shot through with unfairness and racial discrimination. New York Times writer and Yale Law School lecturer Emily Bazelon considers the current movement to elect a new breed of prosecutor.

Biographer Harold Holzer Tells Story of Lincoln Memorial Sculptor

Biographer Harold Holzer tells the story of how Daniel Chester French became one of the great sculptors of the 19th century—creator of the Lincoln Memorial, “The Minute Man” of Concord, Massachusetts, and the “Spirit of Life,” which was created for Brattleboro’s park, stolen, and recovered.

Middlebury Professor Considers Civility in Politics

While many pundits lament the death of civility in American politics, others argue that a commitment to civility minimizes our differences in the name of public nicety. Middlebury religion professor James Davis explains why civility is essential for a well-ordered democracy.