Reflections on Prematurity Awareness Month

As the month of November winds down, author Kate Hopper reflects on the stories behind the numbers relating to Prematurity Awareness Month. This post first appeared on her blog. ——- November is Prematurity Awareness Month. According to the March of Dimes, 1 in 9 babies is born prematurely in the United States every year. Worldwide, … More Reflections on Prematurity Awareness Month

"Mr. Barnum’s Camera Man": Mathew Brady among the cannibals.

“The Figi Cannibals.” Photograph by Mathew Brady, 1872. Courtesy of the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation. BY ROBIN BLYNAssociate professor of English at the University of West Florida Traditionally, Mathew Brady occupies an esteemed place in the history of photography and in the history of the United States. Otherwise known as “Mr. Lincoln’s Camera Man,” Brady stands nobly … More "Mr. Barnum’s Camera Man": Mathew Brady among the cannibals.

Could such tragedy happen today? Reflections on the 100-year anniversary of the epic Great Lakes storm of 1913.

Cleveland was perhaps the hardest-hit city by the deadly 1913 storm. Heavy winds tore up structures, blew out windows, and created five-foot drifts. Emergency vehicles struggled to get through drifting streets, hospitals coped with lost electricity, and the impassable streets made delivery of food and fuel almost impossible. Photo from the Library of Congress. BY … More Could such tragedy happen today? Reflections on the 100-year anniversary of the epic Great Lakes storm of 1913.

“People are born here and only leave here when they die": On forced land eviction in Salvador, Brazil.

View of Gamboa de Baixo, a neighborhood in the Brazilian city of Salvador, Bahia, which is known for its Afro-Brazilian culture and street carnival. It is also known as Brazil’s “capital of happiness.” BY KEISHA-KHAN Y. PERRYAssistant professor of Africana studies at Brown University Gamboa de Baixo is a neighborhoodin the northeastern Brazilian cityof Salvador, … More “People are born here and only leave here when they die": On forced land eviction in Salvador, Brazil.