The Humanities Media Project brings stories from the past and the present to help us better understand where the future of humanities will lead to. Graduate students from the University of Texas at Austin present research projects as accessible and intriguing stories, showing how disparate topics interconnect in unseen and surprising ways.
The Afterlife of Confederate Statues
The long debate over what to do with UT’s Confederate statues seems to have finally come to an end — mostly. But as UT is finding, once the statues come down, the story isn’t over. Instead, there’s a whole new set of questions: what should be done with those statues? Where do they belong, how […]
Dolls: The Baby Dolls of Brown v. Board of Education (Part 1)
Brown v. Board of Education ended the doctrine of “separate but equal” in public schools, and it laid the legal foundation to challenge segregation in every arena. So what’s a baby doll doing in the middle of it? This episode is a part one in a series examining the impact of dolls in American history.
Dolls: The Baby Dolls of Brown v. Board of Education (Part 2)
How have the Clark doll tests, used the overturn legalized segregation in Brown v. Board of Education, held up to modern analysis? This episode is a part two in a series examining the impact of dolls in American history.
Dolls: The History of Black Dolls
How American Girl’s Melody Ellison doll fits into the long and complicated history of black dolls in America. This episode is a part three in a series examining the impact of dolls in American history.
Dolls: Radical Dolls
What makes a children’s toy radical? Exploring what American Girl’s Melody Ellison doll represents, the kind of play she inspires and why that matters. This episode is a part four in a series examining the impact of dolls in American history.
Food for Thought: Episode 1
In this three-part series, Amy and Caroline are cracking open cookbooks and archival records to learn about the bond between food and text. In episode one, we pair a largely forgotten 17th century French cookbook with Julia Child’s classic cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking to consider how food writing shapes cultural transmission.