Maps, Stones & Plants: Agents of Empire and the Ecology of the Atlantic Trade

Tim Weiskel     |     May 1, 2019

As archaeologists across the world repeatedly affirm, human groups leave enduring traces of their labor and behavior in the sands and sediments of time. Some of these traces are monumental in scale. Like the Great Wall of China or the Egyptian Pyramids they are "written in stone." In fact, many of these structures are now visible from satellites in space. By contrast, other traces are smaller than the human eye can see and can only be viewed through a microscopic examination of plant pollen and biological residues in topsoil and sediments.

Black Veterans Reading List: Book Covers Collage

Ron E. Armstead     |     February 18, 2019

​​Ron E. Armstead, drawing from his decades-long experience with the ​​Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Veterans Braintrust, has compiled the following collage of book covers for Black History Month. The theme? Essential and Recommended Readings on Black contributions to the U.S. military. The sheer volume of material is itself a powerful testament to what should no-longer be a contestable fact: Black veterans were critical forces in U.S. military history.

New T-Shirt Line Says "Thank You" to Black History Makers, Pledges No More Hidden Figures

Veronica Chapman, Stephanie Campbell     |     November 26, 2018

How often have you learned about a historic accomplishment made by a Black person in America and wondered, why am I just now hearing about this? The answer is because it’s by design. As some U.S. corporations and politicians distort American history by either misrepresenting actual events or altogether omitting the contributions of marginalized people from textbooks and public school curriculums, new apparel company Thank You Tees is returning the power to educate to the people.

Cochabamba: The First Water War of the 21st Century

Anselmo Cassiano     |     November 2, 2018

Water is a vital element of human life, and is a limited resource. Today, only 3% of the available water of the earth is used for human consumption. 2 billion people don’t have access to clean water, and every 20 seconds a child dies due to complications from not having clean water. Half of the beds in hospitals are in use due to illness related to not having access to clean water. Water could be considered the blue gold of the 21st century.