Author Archives: Jim Spates

Jim Spates is professor of sociology, emeritus, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Over the last three decades, he has written extensively about Ruskin's life and work and, since 2013, has been the webmaster overseeing Why Ruskin, a website dedicated to showing why Ruskin is still relevant today.


Posted on Dec. 11, 2019 by Jim Spates
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During his lifetime, John Ruskin (1819–1900) was acknowledged as one of the 19th century's greatest geniuses ...

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Oct. 28, 2020 by Usha Lee McFarling
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The venerable art of shaping trees and depicting landscapes in miniature—penjing—has existed in China for centuries. Now visitors to The Huntington's Chinese Garden, Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, can see...
Oct. 21, 2020 by Joel A. Klein
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It was an extraordinary and somewhat serendipitous occurrence that led to The Huntington's becoming one of the best institutions in the United States to study European medicine from the latter half of...
Oct. 14, 2020 by Lisa Blackburn
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Visitors can discover an expansive new way to look at miniature trees in "Lifelines/Timelines: Exploring The Huntington's Collections Through Bonsai," on view Oct. 17, 2020 to Jan. 25, 2021 ...

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