Nonfiction: Harlem Wasn’t the Only Place With a Renaissance

From left, the dancer Charles “Honi” Coles, Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington in Pittsburgh. Courtesy of Getty Images/Teenie Harris Archive/Carnegie Museum of Art SMOKETOWNThe Untold Story of the Other Great Black RenaissanceBy Mark WhitakerIllustrated. 404 pp. Simon & Schuster. $30. In the spring of 1910, not long after Robert L. Vann had passed his bar …

Opinion: Let Transgender Americans Continue to Serve in the Military

In August 2017, President Trump issued an executive order banning transgender Americans from serving in the military and tasked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis with giving him recommendations on how to carry out that ban. A Pentagon spokesman said that the recommendations were made on Friday. Kristin Beck, a former Navy SEAL, served from 1990 to …

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Misguided Drive to Measure ‘Learning Outcomes’

Joan Wong I teach at a big state university, and I often receive emails from software companies offering to help me do a basic part of my job: figure out what my students have learned. If you thought this task required only low-tech materials like a pile of final exams and a red pen, you’re …

Op-Ed Contributor: Protecting America’s Last Great Animal Migrations

Pronghorn antelope migrating from their winter range in the Green River Basin of Wyoming to their summer range in the state’s Grand Teton National Park. Joe Riis The interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, recently directed the agencies in his department to work with states and private landowners to minimize development and disturbance in migration corridors and …

Olympic Cross-Country Skiers Eat 8,000 Calories a Day. It’s Exhausting.

Martin Moeller, a Danish cross-country skier, said that he eats so much as part of his training regimen he gets tired of it. James Hill for The New York Times PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — For the cross-country skier Martin Moeller, the biggest challenges of his sport are not the freezing cold, the hundreds of hours …

Florida Governor Rick Scott Backs Raising Age Limits on Assault Rifles

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida during a meeting with law enforcement, mental health, and education officials about how to prevent future mass shootings in Tallahassee, Fla., on Tuesday. Colin Hackley/Reuters Gov. Rick Scott proposed on Friday the most significant move toward gun control in Florida in decades, in defiance of the National Rifle Association, though …

Review: In ‘The Young Karl Marx,’ a Scruffy Specter Haunts Europe

August Diehl, center, as Karl Marx; Vicky Krieps as his wife, Jenny; and Stefan Konarske as Friedrich Engels in “The Young Karl Marx.” The Orchard The history of the world may be the history of class struggle, but the history of class struggle — at least the decisive chapter chronicled in “The Young Karl Marx” …