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Digital Paxton: Digital Collection, Critical Edition, and Teaching Platform

18 April 2019

  Massacre of the Conestogas. Illustrated with eight fine engravings. Lancaster: G. Hills, 1841. James Wimer. Digital image from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission....

“Our Habitation Becomes a Paradise”: Dreaming about Health in the Anthropocene

12 March 2019

Before the species-ending plague, the characters in Mary Shelley’s novel The Last Man (1826) dream of a world without disease.  Early in the first volume, Adrian—only...

The New Volcanoes of Industry

22 February 2019

Over the past forty years or so, climate researchers have written of the “human volcano” when discussing air pollution and carbon emissions.  As early as the 1970s,...

Jane Austen Summer Program 2019

8 February 2019

Jane Austen Summer Program 2019 The award-winning Jane Austen Summer Program is excited to announce its 2019 symposium, “Pride and Prejudice and Its Afterlives!”...