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Taxing Times

To mark (we couldn't bring ourselves to say “celebrate”) tax season, one LSA professor takes us on a tour of strange and outlandish taxes that have been assessed throughout history.

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Lava and Luxury

In AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, wiping out a favorite vacation spot of the ancient Roman elite. LSA’s Kelsey Museum of Archaeology’s exhibit displays the luxury of one opulent villa and signs of the slave labor that maintained it.

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Landmark Moments in Public History

From the Battle of Germantown to gay rights and the beginning of AA, one LSA professor’s work in public history expands our notions of who and what we recognize in the past.

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Basketball in Black and White

The fascinating story behind the first integrated basketball game that was played in the South a decade before the civil rights movement.

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Sharon Shattuck

Animated Life

Sharon Shattuck spent years preparing for a life in botany before moving to New York City to make documentary-style films. Here's how she flipped the script.

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