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Literary Expert: World War I Changed War and Literature Forever

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Historian Re-Constructs Charles Darwin’s Beagle Library Online

For close to 180 years, Charles Darwin’s library aboard HMS Beagle during his expedition around the world in the 1830s remained lost. The library was dispersed at the end of the voyage. Today, the library has been electronically re-constructed in its entirety and made freely available online.

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Team From Tongji University Wins International Design Competition with Innovative Solution to Address Problems of Urban Connectivity in Asian Cities

Into its fourth year, the Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition aims to inspire new models of sustainable urban living.

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Poetic Imagery Rooted in Research

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Though people might think creative writers rely solely on imagination and emotion, creative writer Christine Stewart says, “any given piece might have a huge variety of research in it.” She sometimes put as much as five hours of research into just one metaphor. “Creative writing scholars argue that anything that takes them out of the realm of imagination is research,” she explains. Her essay, An Archeology of Secrets, won the Briar Cliff Review’s 15th Annual Creative Nonfiction Contest and was selected as a notable essay in the Best American Essays 2012.

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United Flight 232: 25 Years After Sioux City, Chaplain Recalls Work at Fiery Crash Site

Gregory Clapper, professor of religion and philosophy at the University of Indianapolis, volunteered as chaplain at the scene of this infamous 1989 plane crash. He will speak at several events surrounding the July 19 anniversary.

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Smithsonian Snapshot: Chigusa and the Art of Tea

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Japanese collectors have long engaged with objects through the formalized tea presentation called chanoyu. They gave added distinction to stellar tea-leaf storage jars by awarding them personal names and adorning them with precious textiles. This powerful process of seeing and naming created the tea-leaf storage jar named Chigusa. It transformed an imported Chinese jar from a practical container into a vessel worthy of display, ornament and contemplation, although its practicality did not cease to be important. This Smithsonian Snapshot highlights the exhibition “Chigusa and the Art of Tea” at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery through July 27, 2014.

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Hurricane Arthur: GW Experts Available to Comment

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La Galería Nacional De Retratos Presenta una Nueva Exposición de Artistas Latino-Estadounidenses Contemporáneos

La Galería Nacional de Retratos del Smithsonian inaugurará una nueva exposición de seis artistas latinos contemporáneos, quienes exploran cómo se construyen y negocian las identidades a través del retrato. “El retrato ahora: ponerse en imagen” se presentará del 22 de agosto al 12 de abril de 2015 e incluirá 59 fotografías, pinturas y retratos de técnica mixta.

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National Portrait Gallery Presents a New Exhibition of Works by Contemporary Latino American Artists

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will open a new exhibition featuring six contemporary Latino artists who explore how identities are constructed and negotiated through portraiture. “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self,” open Aug. 22 through April 12, 2015, will include 59 photographs, paintings and mixed media portraits.

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Three Things You Didn’t Know About the American Revolution

As we approach Independence Day, Thomas Slaughter, the Arthur R. Miller Professor of History at the University of Rochester, shares three little known facts about the American Revolution for you to bring to your 4th of July picnic.

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