Frontiers - Art

  • 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.

  • September 2009

    The True History of Tea

    In his new book, Sinologist Victor Mair explores tea's history and its impact on world history.

    “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.

  • August 2009

    Getting Inside the Story

    College senior Joshua Bennett mines the richness of spoken word poetry.

    For as long as he can remember, Joshua Bennett, C’10, has been drawn to the art of the spoken word.

  • June 2009

    Troubled Homecoming

    Historian Thomas Childers explores the complicated reality of the Greatest Generation's return from World War II.

    Tom Brokaw’s popular book, The Greatest Generation, suggests that survivors among the 16 million Americans who fought in World War II came home and “joined in joyous and short-lived celebrations, then immediately began the task of rebuilding their lives and the world they wanted.” The reality historian

  • June 2009

    Post-Crash Poetry and Prose

    English scholar Peter Conn presents a literary history of the American 1930s.

    A new book by Peter Conn, Professor of English, argues against the assumption that the Depression decade was characterized culturally by leftist politics and aesthetics.

  • May 2009

    Political Underground Railroad

    A new book by historian Steven Hahn takes up the hidden history of African American politics and the politics of writing history.

    When Steven Hahn, the Roy F. and Jeannette P.