“Menus provide a window into history, a vital connection to our foodways.”
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The present we inhabit is shaped by the mixed legacies of the past.
This week, our editors recommend notable features and essays by Jackie Flynn Mogensen, Justin Heckert, Gloria Liu, Sharon Levy, and Mychal Denzel Smith.
In May 2020, a plane full of monkeys, intended for COVID-19 research, was supposed to depart Mauritius. But it never did. So, who purchased the monkeys? What lab was their final destination? When Jackie Flynn Mogensen began to investigate why the flight didn’t take off as planned, she discovered a whole lot more about the […]
Why do we keep what we keep — and who decides? An archivist digs and collects longreads on how objects and materials shape public memory.
“Years after agreeing to take part in research, families of children with congenital Zika syndrome are feeling abandoned.”
“After the murder of George Floyd in May 2020 sparked protests for racial justice around the country, more and more people within and outside Penn began to see the Morton collection as a present-day perpetuation of racism and its harms, rather than just a historic example.”
“At 17, biologist Juliane Diller was the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Amazon. Fifty years later she still runs Panguana, a research station founded by her parents in Peru.”
“What if we took each sourdough selfie, each Zoom class, each Peloton ride, each Netflix binge and mapped the ecology of resources and services that have made it possible for some of us? And at the same time impossible for others?” On pandemic maps and the Great Pause.