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Frontiers - Art
English professor Nancy Bentley probes the artistic dimensions of shock and awe.Peter Nichols
In September of 1896, more than 40,000 people came to Waco, Texas, to watch a new kind of public entertainment: the full-throttled, head-on collision of two steam locomotives.
Undergraduate Brooke Palmieri curates exhibit about the places in which we read.Peter Nichols
Where do we read? And how do those places affect our reading?
Art historian Holly Pittman analyzes the oldest seal found on the Arabian Peninsula.Peter Nichols
In 2008, a soil-survey team was working on a barren dune field in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. On the surface of the sands, at a place that had been recently disturbed by herders and livestock, the surveyors picked up a two-centimeter, minutely inscribed cylinder. No potshards or any other signs of pre-modern habitation were found.
Graduate student Jeehyun Lim explores the social and cultural history of bilingualism in the U.S.Priya Ratneshwar
Even as the United States embraces the badge of "melting pot," debates centering on issues of multiculturalism abound in the country. English graduate student Jeehyun Lim is conducting her dissertation research on one such issue—bilingualism.
Composer James Primosch’s newest composition, Songs for Adam, premieres in Chicago.Peter Nichols
Student composer writes musical performance based on congressional testimony.Peter Nichols
Historian Joan DeJean's new book reveals the French origins of our comfort-driven lives.B. Davin Stengel
If you’re reading this while seated comfortably, chances are you’re enjoying the benefits of a design revolution that began in France in the 1670s, a period of time Joan DeJean has dubbed “the age of comfort”—also the title of her latest book on French history and culture.
Philosopher Ryan Muldoon discusses how a diversity of perspectives can lead to more just societies.B. Davin Stengel
Recent doctoral graduate Ryan Muldoon chose his dissertation topic partly in response to what he saw as a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States and Europe.
Philosopher Susan Schneider's new book examines age-old philosophical puzzles through the lens of science fiction.Priya Ratneshwar
Imagine you inhabit a world, three centuries from now, in which advances in biology and technology allow human beings to ‘upgrade’ their brains to become superintelligent beings. You choose to resist these neural enhancements, but you are conflicted about your decision.
In his new book, Sinologist Victor Mair explores tea's history and its impact on world history.Peter Nichols
“What would the world do without tea?” asked the 19th-century essayist and Anglican clergyman Sidney Smith. The question was rhetorical, expressing his love of tea and its place in English life.
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