Celebrating the Life of the Queen of Soul

| By Debra Kirby | I’m typically not an impulsive person, but two things in recent years that I’ve done on impulse have been because of Aretha Franklin — buying concert tickets and pre-ordering a music CD. Driving to work one day three years ago I heard a radio ad for an upcoming concert. As … Read more

Step Out of the Shadows this Hispanic Heritage Month

| By Tanisha Howard-Hall | Earlier this year, I was speaking with a friend about Hispanic Heritage Month and the great impacts that Latino/as have made on American history. I asked, in her option, what would she want to learn during Hispanic Heritage Month? Her response was the impact that Latino/as made in the U.S. … Read more

Judging Detroit’s National History Day Competition

| By Traci Cothran | The National History Day competition is right up our alley here at Gale—it encourages students to use factual resources (especially primary resources) to create a documentary, performance, paper, website, or exhibit on a historical topic that fits with the overall competition theme. This year’s theme is Conflict and Compromise. I’ve … Read more

Remembering Stephen Hawking with Gale’s In Context Team

| By Deb Kirby | The news of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking’s death was met with sadness by our Gale In Context team. It was also a call to action to ensure our topic pages for Hawking were updated quickly. I already knew we had a dedicated team, but an email sent at 1:30 am to … Read more

Updates Coming to Gale Resources

At Gale, we truly value your feedback, and are always looking to improve our products in a way that saves time and increases productivity. In response to suggestions and continuous user testing, we are excited to announce that a number of enhancements will automatically become available on February 7, providing increased functionality, easier access to … Read more

Researching Auschwitz: 73 Years After Liberation

|By Mark Mikula | On January 27, 1945, the Russian Army liberated Auschwitz. Auschwitz, perhaps the most notorious World War II concentration camp, is also the name of a region on the border of Germany and Poland. Millions of people—primarily Jews—were forced into labor and killed by the Nazis during World War II in what … Read more

Researching Dr. Bernard Lafayette Through Gale Resources

| By Traci Cothran | On Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day this past week, I was privileged to hear Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr. speak at a church in downtown Detroit about the civil rights era and his last days working with MLK.  Lafayette is a long-term member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee … Read more

Gale’s Twenty-Eight Days of Hidden Figures

| By Tanisha Howard-Hall | Every year about this time, we learn about influential African Americans that have made their mark on history. Since elementary school, I have learned about prominent figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, and Marcus Garvey numerous of times. Although they’ve have made huge impacts … Read more

Gale’s Hackathon: Passionate People Working on New Ideas

| By Aimme Keener | Gale’s credo starts with the statement “We believe in the power and joy of learning,” and the technology team truly embraces this.  Once a month, our team stops all of its day-to-day work on the floor and participates in a hackathon. Hackathons aren’t new.  They have become mainstream in the … Read more