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Why We Farm—The History of the Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle

When we enjoy a traditional holiday meal on a day like Thanksgiving, we might easily imagine that humans have always eaten classics like potatoes, gravy, and sweet corn… but that couldn’t be further from the truth—even if we reduce the scope of our family tree to only modern humans, we’ve been hunter-gatherers for about 190,000 of the past 200,000 years. As odd as it may sound, farming—in the grand scheme of things—is about as “modern” as space travel and the internet. […]

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Shaka Zulu: Creator and Destroyer

In the decades around 1800 the southern Bantu underwent dramatic Change as centralized kingdoms replaced smaller cheifdoms. This led to the modern Zulu kingdom under is great founder Shaka Zulu. Professor Kenneth Vickery discusses these changes and examines the great chief Shaka Zulu. […]

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Arts

The Psychology of Color Schemes

The methods used by classical artists to create the illusion of shape, depth, and distance are the same principals you likely learned in primary school. By mastering two major color schemes, they learned to draw the viewer’s eye, evoke specific emotion, and challenge your preconceptions. […]

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Featured

The Pedagogy of Confucius

Almost everyone is familiar with the name Confucius, but not as many are familiar with the impact his philosophy has made on the world at large. Confucius’s concepts of how life should be experienced, the dynamics between citizen and government, the structure of family, and his views on how to operate in an increasingly turbulent society remain relevant hundreds of years after his death. They formed the philosophical backbone of East Asian civilization as well as influencing the Western world in innumerable ways […]

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Ancient History

What Did the Ancient Greek Language Sound Like?

The Ancient Greek language is a language like no other. It records an astonishing array of great works in different genres, stretching across a thousand years of history. Watch lecture 1 from the series Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language, and you’ll learn the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet using the restored classical pronunciation. […]

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American History

Symbol of Liberty: Benjamin Franklin’s Walking Stick

Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s Founding Fathers, cherished his walking stick. This relatively simple object, adorned with a liberty fur cap at the top, conveys a powerful message about America’s national character at its inception and reveals the success of Franklin’s diplomatic efforts with France during Revolutionary times. […]

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