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Getting Under the Skin in Victorian England

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In her most recent book, Wild Animal Skins in Victorian Britain: Zoos, Collections, Portraits, and Maps, Ann Colley integrates 19th century interest in animal skins with contemporary thinking about skin and identity.

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Exhibition Gives Unique Insight Into Wellington and Waterloo

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The University of Southampton has launched a new exhibition which gives a unique perspective on the Duke of Wellington’s role in the Battle of Waterloo. Wellington and Waterloo: ‘the tale is in every Englishman’s mouth’ draws from the Wellington Archives – a collection of papers belonging to Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), which are now held and conserved by Special Collections at the University’s Hartley Library.

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Study Finds We Think Better on Our Feet, Literally

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A study from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health finds students with standing desks are more attentive than their seated counterparts. Preliminary results show 12 percent greater on-task engagement in classrooms with standing desks.

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S&T Author Examines African Civilization in New Book

The key to the modernization of Africa is an African renaissance, says Dr. Tseggai Isaac, associate professor of history and political science at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Isaac has recently co-authored and edited a collection of essays on the topic.

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Cigarettes and Soviets: Historian to Write Book on Russian Smoking Culture

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University of Arkansas historian Tricia Starks is using a grant from the National Institutes of Health to research and write a new book, Cigarettes and Soviets: The Culture of Tobacco Use in Modern Russia.

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Smithsonian Snapshot: Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with LeRoy Neiman’s “Big Band”

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LeRoy Neiman considered this 9-by-13-foot work featuring 18 iconic jazz musicians one of the greatest works in his career. Donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, it was recently unveiled for April, Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM).

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How Do Feel Good Stories Inspire Us? Professor Receives $1.95 Million Grant to Find Out

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Arthur Raney, the James E. Kirk Professor of Communication at Florida State University, will begin a three-year research project to analyze the daily use and effects of inspirational media through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, which serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the “big questions” of human purpose and ultimate reality.

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Attorney E. Randol Schoenberg was able to accomplish what few thought was possible—He recovered Gustav Klimt’s famous “Golden Lady” painting, which was stolen by the Nazis in 1938. Schoenberg’s experiences are the subject of a newly released movie, Woman in Gold, which he will discuss at the May 6 Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) event, sponsored by Phyllis and Daniel Epstein. HLWH is a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and the Jewish Studies program. The event will take place at the Copley International Conference Center on the UC San Diego campus. Seating is limited so reservations should be made in advance.

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Funeral Oration Text Reveals Earliest Account of St. Vincent de Paul’s Life

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A new book by the Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M., offers a translation of the eulogy given by Henri de Maupas du Tour and takes a snapshot of 17th century France at the time of Vincent de Paul’s death

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Indonesian Authorities Arrest Online Orangutan Trader

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The State Prosecutor of North Sumatra and WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit announced the arrest of a suspect for trafficking a living orangutan in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The trafficker allegedly sold wildlife through Facebook and by BlackBerry Messenger. The arrest was made on April 13, 2015.