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  • 23 Feb 2011
    Michael A. Lawrence

    W.E.B. Du Bois – Black Activist Radical

    Black radical historian, scholar and agitator-prophet W.E.B. Du Bois (who was born during Andrew Johnson’s administration in 1868 and died shortly before Lyndon Johnson’s presidency in 1963) is the fourth of five individuals profiled in Radicals in Their Own Time: Four Hundred Years of Struggle for Liberty and Equal Justice in America.

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  • 20 Apr 2010
    Cristina Mazzoni

    April 21: Happy Birthday, Rome!

    Cristina Mazzoni, author of the very cool, very new, She-Wolf: The Story of a Roman Icon, bids happy birthday to Rome – and explains how the she-wolf became a potent symbol over the course of the past 2,763 years. -------- On April 21, Rome’s birthday is celebrated; this year, it is the city’s 2763rd. Tradition tells that, on this day in 753 bce, twin brothers Romulus and Remus—descendants of the Trojan refugee Aeneas—decided to found their own city. When Romulus built his walls on the Palatine Hill, Remus mocked and jumped over them; Romulus, provoked, killed him and remained Rome’s sole founder. It is from him that the Eternal City takes its name, as we all know. (But do we? According to another legend, it was a Trojan woman, Rhome, who named the city: with the help of her women friends, she forced the refugees she traveled with—including her own husband—to settle at the bend of the Tiber River by burning their ships.)

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  • 19 Jan 2010

    Where’s the Poe Toaster?

    Every year, on Edgar Allen Poe’s birthday, mysterious visitor leaves cognac and roses on his grave. This year it didn’t happen, for the first time in 60 years. The story >>

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  • 13 Apr 2009

    Happy Birthday, Sam Beckett!

    Today, April 13, is Sam Beckett’s birthday (1906). What better gift to have than J. M. Coetzee’s New York Review of Books review of Letters?

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  • 12 Feb 2009

    Darwin at 200

    200 years ago today, Charles Darwin was born. Who better to wish him a happy birthday than his own sister? There’s more family news [omitted] in the letter, but I was especially charmed by a middle-section about the only thing a certain young “Parky” remembers about uncle Charles. Oh, and here’s a drawing of Darwin […]

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  • 10 Feb 2009

    If you meet Darwin by the road…

    …kill him. Today’s Science Times devotes itself to all things Darwin. His 200th birthday is 2 days away! My personal favorite, Carl Safina’s essay entitled Darwinism Must Die So That Evolution May Live takes a stab at bursting the bubble of the cult of Darwin. ‘We don’t call astronomy Copernicism, nor gravity Newtonism. “Darwinism” implies […]

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  • 9 Feb 2009

    Darwin a Hero in Britain

    Many know this, but before I went to Cambridge, I had no idea. NPR ran a story yesterday on Darwin’s hero-status in Britain, especially in light of how contentious he is on this side of the pond. They visit Darwin College, and speak with a few Church of England clergy. Listen here >>

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  • 20 Jan 2009

    Happy 800th Birthday, Cambridge!

    While we’re on birthdays… Saturday saw celebrations of Cambridge University’s 800th year. At the centerpiece of the celebrations – a very cool looking light show projected onto the Senate House. But isn’t the founding charter was from 1291? Yes, however, in 1209, communities of scholars were first established in Cambridge, then a former Roman trading […]

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