history

Celebrating Josephine Baker, a disrupter of ‘conventions and boundaries’

St. Louis-born Josephine Baker was the first woman of color to be entombed in France’s Panthéon for her work in the French Resistance during World War II. Chancellor Andrew Martin, Mayor Tishaura Jones and others took part in a Nov. 30 event to celebrate her life and legacy.

| Senior Scene Editor

Matt’s Musings: My thoughts on the election (spoiler: not good)

Tuesday should have resulted in a blowout election where the United States of America said in one voice, “We reject this fascist, the same as we did 80 years ago in Europe.” Instead, Trump finds himself a day later with a legitimate chance of reelection.

Matt Singer | Sports Columnist

Historical dramas to watch to pretend you don’t live in this cursed timeline

Binge these historical dramas to pass your time in quarantine and escape to a different time.

Lydia McKelvie | Staff Writer

Forgotten WU history that will make you nostalgic…or not

Since most people are gone in four years, there’s a very good chance that in eight years, notable events that happened in your time, will be a mystery to the current undergrads.

| Senior Scene Editor

The room where it happens: How Tumblr is reframing history

There is a subculture of history jokes and memes on Tumblr that follows these principles. In doing so, it is rewiring the mechanisms through which history is communicated and interpreted.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Invisible on campus: The history and impact of black activism on campus

Washington University’s early history with racial integration was a rocky one. In the late 1800s, with the onset of Jim Crow segregation throughout the nation, institutions like Wash. U. that had previously accepted black students, however infrequently, completely barred their doors to them.

| Associate Editor

A brief history of W.I.L.D.

Walk In Lay Down, or W.I.L.D., has been held biannually at Washington University since 1973. The event has been selected as one of the “15 Insane College Parties That Will Make You Want To Transfer” by Buzzfeed and even has its own Wikipedia page. Throughout the years, W.I.L.D. has seen many up-and-coming artists that went on to become huge names.

| Kimberly Henrickson | Contributing Writer

W.I.L.D. through the ages

A little more than a decade ago, W.I.L.D. did not simply mean free pizza and a concert. It meant catered Chinese cuisine and barbeque. It meant couches and kegs on Brookings Quadrangle. It even meant Jell-O Wrestling.

Losing Artifacts

In recent years, the world has seen a rise in civil disorder. Many Middle Eastern countries have experienced nation-shaking protests, and Greece, perpetually in debt with a shrinking economy, has seen violent demonstrations of its own.

Union Station

Nestled within the heart of St. Louis, yet largely overlooked by both the city’s residents and Washington University students, lies St. Louis’ Union Station. The railroad station, formerly known as one of the preeminent train stations in the world, now mereley houses a mall and a hotel.

| Scene Special Features Editor

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