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Recently, the Department of Transportation here at the University of Maryland announced major reduction in services due to budget shortfalls. Individual students took to social media to voice their displeasure over the change. Most notably, students lamented that the buses will not run to the nearby DC metro station on the weekends. Furthermore, the Diamondback Editorial Board called for the university to make changes to prevent the service cuts and highlighted the seemingly inevitability of these cuts given the amount of construction on this campus. The Janus Journal, as our loyal readers know, is concerned with history, not bus schedules at a university. However, this blog post is not

The Louvre: Returning Artwork Stolen by Nazis, One Family at a Time

This spring break, I visited Paris with the University of Maryland Classics Department, on the Maryland Short-term trip, “France: Classical Myths in Paris (CLAS).” Guided by Professor Lillian Doherty, department chair of the Classics Department at University of Maryland, we toured famous museums, churches and neighborhoods, such as Notre Dame, the Louvre, and Musée d’Orsay, and learned about classical artifacts and their reception in France. Aware of my interests, Professor Doherty informed me before the trip of a new temporary exhibit at the Louvre seeks to return stolen Jewish artwork that the Nazis looted or bought during their reign of terror in World War II (Breeden 2018). Unlike other

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