Frontiers - Art

  • February 2010

    The Deaths of Seneca

    Classical scholar James Ker presents the first comprehensive cultural history of one of antiquity's most studied death scenes.

    It may be true that we only die once, but the death of the famous, especially a classical icon who wrote often and eloquently about death, can be analyzed and interpreted, retold and represented over and over again.

  • February 2010

    Crash! Bang! Reflect

    English professor Nancy Bentley probes the artistic dimensions of shock and awe.

    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.

  • January 2010

    Textual Spaces

    Undergraduate Brooke Palmieri curates exhibit about the places in which we read.

    Where do we read? And how do those places affect our reading?

  • January 2010

    Ancient Cylinder Seal

    Art historian Holly Pittman analyzes the oldest seal found on the Arabian Peninsula.

    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.

  • January 2010

    Between Two Languages

    Graduate student Jeehyun Lim explores the social and cultural history of bilingualism in the U.S.

    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.

  • December 2009

    The Gift

    Composer James Primosch’s newest composition, Songs for Adam, premieres in Chicago.

    At the end of an informal talk before the premiere of his newest musical composition, Songs for Adam, James Primosch, G’80, was asked, “What should I listen for? What do you want me to get from the piece?”

  • October 2009

    Sympathy for the Attorney General

    Student composer writes musical performance based on congressional testimony.

    The first hint that music doctoral student Melissa Dunphy had that the upcoming performance of The Gonzales Cantata might be more than a moderate success came from a violinist’s mom, who had called her daughter’s cell the night of the dress rehearsal. “I just saw you on Fox News,” she reported.

  • September 2009

    Tracing Spaces

    Historian Joan DeJean's new book reveals the French origins of our comfort-driven lives.

    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.

  • September 2009

    The Views from Down Here

    Philosopher Ryan Muldoon discusses how a diversity of perspectives can lead to more just societies.

    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.

  • September 2009

    Science Fiction and Philosophy

    Philosopher Susan Schneider's new book examines age-old philosophical puzzles through the lens of science fiction.

    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.