The Role of Wood in World History

By Dr. K. Jan Oosthoek Associate Member, Centre for Environmental History Australian National University First Published on Environmental History Resources The destruction of the world’s forests is a major concern in our age. According to the UN about 40 percent of Central America’s forests were destroyed between 1950 and 1980 and during the same period[…]

Who Runs Strongest Against Trump? ‘That Candidate is Me,’ Says Sanders (VIDEO)

The interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell was Bernie Sanders’ first since the New York primary on Tuesday. (Screenshot) By Deirdre Fulton / 04.22.2016 Bernie Sanders acknowledged in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Thursday that he faces “a hard path” to win the Democratic presidential nomination—but maintained that he’s up to the challenge, asserting[…]

Cultural Blindness

Crisis texts. Photo by Demosthenes Agrafiotis. By Demosthenes Agrafiotis In the 1980s, the European Commission developed an ambitious research program whose goal was the investigation of the future of the European Union and had as its title Forecasting and Assessment of Science and Technology (FAST). Many research projects came of this, sometimes in relation to[…]

Greek Theatre Architecture

By Mark Cartwright The ancient Greeks built open-air theatres where the public could watch the performances of Greek comedy, tragedy, and satyr plays. They then exported the idea to their colonies throughout the Aegean so that theatres became a typical feature of the urban landscape in all Greek cities. The Romans continued and expanded on[…]

George Washington at the Siamese Court

Photograph of Prince Wichaichan, AKA “Prince George Washington”, date unknown / Wikimedia Commons Keen to appear outward-looking and open to Western culture, in 1838 the Second King of Siam bestowed upon his son a most unusual name. Ross Bullen explores the curious case of “Prince George Washington”, a 19th-century Siamese prince. By Dr. Ross Bullen[…]

In Today’s Most Popular Shows, Shakespeare’s Iconic Characters Live On

Both Hamlet and ‘True Detective’’s Rust Cohle make audiences wonder whether they’re deserving of sympathy or blame. Nick Lehr/The Conversation By Dr. Brett Gamboa Assistant Professor of English Dartmouth University Though Shakespeare’s death didn’t attract much attention in 1616, it’s big news today. To mark its 400th anniversary, there has been no end of events,[…]