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An Agender American Evangelist: the Public Universal Friend

By Rowan Wilson  In 1776, a 23-year-old Rhode Island Quaker named Jemima Wilkinson fell gravely ill. Several days later, they recovered—miracle enough in a year where New England saw a number of epidemics course through its communities like forest fires. But at some point in those feverish few days, they claimed, something more remarkable had… Continue reading An Agender American Evangelist: the Public Universal Friend

19th century, Arts, Interviews

“L’aimable Jane”?: A conversation with Dr Helena Kelly

By Raffaella Sero  On the cover of “Jane Austen the Secret Radical”, a series of grey silhouette portraits of men and women succeed each other, all wearing clothes from the Regency Era, all facing the same direction - except for one, the red silhouette of a woman, sometimes identified with Jane Austen. According to the… Continue reading “L’aimable Jane”?: A conversation with Dr Helena Kelly

20th century, Science

Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini: the discovery of Nerve Growth Factor

By Pandora Dewan Rita Levi-Montalcini was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, with her colleague Stanley Cohen, for their discovery of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) in 1986. This protein was the first described growth factor, a term for the biological mediators involved in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation, survival, and function.… Continue reading Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini: the discovery of Nerve Growth Factor

19th century, Arts

The first “truly humorous” female artist: Marie Duval’s satire of the Victorian work ethic

By Ana Olendraru  Comic artistry is an area often perceived and marketed as primarily male. Popular media presents comic books and their characters as a form of art addressed to young boys or to the stereotypical ‘loveable nerd’, most often a man (e.g. The Big Bang Theory, one of the most popular TV shows with… Continue reading The first “truly humorous” female artist: Marie Duval’s satire of the Victorian work ethic