"When our minds transfer to present occasions similar conditions from the past, we acquire a basis for estimating the future . . . and are helped to face coming events with confidence.”
Polybius, 3rd century BCE
History is should promote action. Refraction seeks to foster a space for creative engagement with past, present, and future broadly conceived, with the idea that history brings confidence and commitment to present efforts to shape a better future. Something better here should be said.