Goya, The Speed and Daring of Juanito Apiñani in the Ring of Madrid 1815-16 Etching and aquatint

Goya, The Moors, and The Bulls

An exhibit of Francisco Goya's paintings and prints at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts showcases an amazing talent and a personality who lived through extraordinary and frequently horrifying times.
Back of a soldier's helmet

The Last Formal Declaration of War

The last time Congress formally declared war was in World War II.
Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife, an oil painting, by John Singer Sargent from 1885

The Culture of Tuberculosis

When perusing the biographies of artists, you'll notice that a large number of them had tuberculosis.
A polar bear walks on a frozen tundra

Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act

41 years after the Endangered Species act, what is its legacy?
Stockings hung above a fireplace next to a Christmas tree and presents

Oh, Christmas Tree!

The ubiquitous Christmas tree has a history, and it isn't biblical.
A modern street in Cuba with vintage cars on the road

Cuban-American Relations Through The Years

After 55 years, diplomatic relations have been re-established between the United States and Cuba.
A Cliff Swallow with sand in its mouth

Driving the Evolution of Cliff Swallows

Charles R. Brown and Mary Bomberger Brown have been studying cliff swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) in southwestern Nebraska since the early 1980s.
Paperback copies J.R.R. Tolkien's classics: The Hobbit; The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; and The Return of the King

J.R.R. Tolkien the Philologist

Before The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien was a philologist, a specialist in historical texts.
Vultures on tree

How The Near Extinction of Indian Vultures Led to Disaster

The populations of the nine species of Indian vultures began to plummet in the 1990s
British flag

The Anglo-American Relationship: Not Always So Special

The "special relationship" between the United States and the United Kingdom followed a very long century of special enmity.