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Boundless curiosity about the human experience is the driving force of the humanities—inspiring scholars as they pursue their research, teachers at work with their students, and all of us as we navigate the challenging world we live in.

Discover how that curiosity is expressed in the work of NHC Fellows, in innovative resources for educators, and how it speaks to all of us in the features included below. You can learn more about these topics by clicking on any of the items or by creating your own search of Center resources.

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Between the Covers: Fellows Discuss Their Recent Publications

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Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement

David K. Johnson (Fellow, 2014–15)

Gay commerce was not a byproduct but rather an important catalyst for the gay rights movement. Buying Gay explores the connections—and tensions—between the market and the movement.

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Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal

Marixa Lasso (Fellow, 2013–14)

The Panama Canal was built at considerable cost to a way of life that had characterized the region for centuries. Marixa Lasso recovers the history of the Panamanian cities and towns that once formed the backbone of the republic.

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The Book of Minor Perverts: Sexology, Etiology, and the Emergences of Sexuality

Benjamin Kahan (Fellow, 2016–17)

Statue-fondlers, wanderlusters, nymphomaniacs, and sex magicians: the story of these forgotten sexualities—what Michel Foucault deemed “minor perverts”—has never before been told.

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The Trial of Lizzie Borden

Cara Robertson (Fellow, 2004–05; Fellow, 2005–06)

The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties.

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Living on the Edge: Experiences of Migrants and Refugees

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Celebrating Immigrants in the Story of America

Humanities Moment

Stories of migration are deeply woven into the cultural fabric of the United States. The experiences and contributions of immigrants have strengthened and diversified our communities, enriching small towns and big cities alike.

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Modern Slave Narratives

Laura Murphy, Fellow 2017–18

Though slavery may not take the exact forms it did in the nineteenth century, approximately 45.8 million persons in 167 countries endure modern forms of slavery.

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Undocumented Students in the Classroom

Humanities In Action

With estimates suggesting there are over 1 million undocumented students in American classrooms, the issue of immigration is one that teachers across the country must contend with in a significant way.

PODCAST immigration and legal history

The Long Struggle over U.S. Immigration and Citizenship

Kunal Parker, Fellow 2014–15

In this podcast, scholar Kunal Parker helps frame the current discourse around immigration as it relates to legal history.

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The Caribbean: Nexus of the Atlantic World

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PODCAST the Caribbean and its relation to the Atlantic

Excursions: Revisiting the History of the Caribbean

This podcast features conversations with several recent Fellows whose scholarship deals with the Caribbean and its relation to the Atlantic slave trade as well as a birthplace for not only revolutionary democracy but reggae music.

VIDEO history of the banjo

The Banjo: A Musical Conversation

NHC Fellow Laurent Dubois and musician Joe Newberry​ participated in a “musical conversation” exploring the fascinating history of the banjo and its links to the Caribbean.

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Geography, History, and Education in Barbados

Humanities Moment

Browse a collection of personal reflections from educators following their investigation of place and the relationship between human and physical geography.

VIDEO British North American slavery

Slavery in the Atlantic World

Webinar

This webinar situates British North American slavery in a broader Atlantic context.

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Beyond Despair: A Focus on Environmental Humanities

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PODCAST humans and the environment

Home Matters: Picturing and Understanding Place

Confronting contemporary challenges is impossible unless we understand the ways that humans interact with their environments and the repercussions those interactions have both locally and globally.

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Environmental Humanities Scholars Map

This interactive map highlights some of the important work being done by NHC Fellows on environmental topics around the world.

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Beyond Despair Initiative

A fascinating collection of videos, podcasts and panel discussions centered on the role of the humanities in addressing environmental change.

VIDEO Environmental History in Turn of the Century America

Environmental History: Eating the City

Webinar

This webinar uses a forgotten staple, oysters, to explore the risks of industrialization and the consequences of environmental protections.

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