Arts & Humanities

A Friday night story

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In 1980s Baltimore, a family recalls an act of kindness—and finds a way to repay it.

Word play

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Bernard Sahlins, AB’43, lets the actors and the poets bring his spare performances to life.

Freedom writer

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A homebody with a hitchhiker’s heart, Bonnie Jo Campbell writes stories that cover a lot of ground.

Reclamation project

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Karen Reimer, MFA’89, embroiders ordinary items to add rich new meaning to the familiar.

Song of myself

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For a once-shy guy, singing karaoke reflects a social transformation toward a new bold attitude.

Islam’s origins

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Historian Fred Donner offers a new reading of an old story.

William Rainey Harper's Index: Card catalog

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A 90-year project illuminates an ancient culture.

The definition of persistence

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A 90-year project chronicling the ancient Akkadian language culminates in the 21st volume of the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary.

Illustrated ideology

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The art of Soviet-era children’s literature shifted from experimental and avant-garde to a realistic, government-mandated style under Stalin.

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