Trump’s Mysterious Attraction for Putin Betrays a Strong Authoritarian Streak

By Dr. Alonzo L. Hamby / 01.01.2017 Distinguished Emeritus Professor of History Ohio University From the Bolshevik revolution on, Republicans have invariably been the most vehemently anti-Soviet party, with Democrats at least open to the possibility that the revolutionary movement which overthrew Czarist despotism might have some redeeming qualities. Republican presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover[…]

Ancient Mesopotamia: The Rise of Civilization

Ruins of deity statues at Kyakhta (Mount Nemrut), Turkey / Wikimedia Commons The First Urban Civilizations The Sumerians The Sumerian people lived in Mesopotamia from the 27th-20th century BCE. They were inventive and industrious, creating large city-states, trading goods, mass-producing pottery, and perfecting many forms of technology. “Sumerian” is the name given by the Semitic-speaking[…]

NASA Turns Eyes to Stellar and Supermassive Black Holes, Neutrons Stars, and Pulsars

01.03.2017 NASA has selected a science mission that will allow astronomers to explore, for the first time, the hidden details of some of the most extreme and exotic astronomical objects, such as stellar and supermassive black holes, neutron stars and pulsars. Objects such as black holes can heat surrounding gases to more than a million[…]

House Republicans Scrap Plans to Gut Ethics Office Amid Outcry

By Joe Gandelman / 01.03.2017 Editor-in-Chief, The Moderate Voice Amid an outcry from President-elect Donald Trump and other elected officials, House Republicans have backed off on their short-lived plan to gut the almost decade-old Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). As the 115th Congress kicked off on Tuesday, House Republicans held an emergency meeting and decided to drop[…]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Brief Biography

By Dr. James Sexton Lecturer in English Literature Specialist in Modern, Renaissance, and Utopian/Dystopian literatures Camosun College Born in 1806 at Coxhoe Hall, Durham, England, Elizabeth Barrett was an English poet influenced by the Romantic movement. The oldest of 12 children, Elizabeth was the first in her family born in England in over 200 years. For[…]

Overview of the Primary Typologies and History of Roman Architecture

Interior and sub-floor design of the Roman Colosseum, 70-72 CE / Wikimedia Commons Lecture by Dr. Diana E.E. Kleiner / 04.05.2012 Dunham Professor of History of Art and Classics Yale University Introduction: Roman Urbanism I think it’s important to note, from the outset, that Roman architecture is primarily an architecture of cities. The Romans structured[…]

What is Political Philosophy?

Lecture by Dr. Steven B. Smith / 04.05.2012 Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science Master of Branford College Yale University An Overview of Political Philosophy In one sense, you could say political philosophy is simply a branch or what we call a subfield of the field of political science. Yes, all right. It exists alongside[…]

Can a Cat Make a Community?

Minou. (Photo: Lisa Wade) Animals bring people together—and more sociologists should study them. By Lisa Wade / 12.29.2016 Last month my neighbor and I mustered our emotional strength, gathered up our neighborhood cat, and drove to the SPCA to help her leave this Earth in peace. He had named her Minou — French for kitty, a common term[…]

Forever Bringing Joy

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has found new life in the digital age, the subject of a work in progress by Alex Rehding Fanny Peabody Professor of Music, which examines the deeper analyses and unique reinterpretations enabled by modern technology. / Wikimedia Commons Book project on Beethoven’s Ninth has been an ear opener for professor By Colleen Walsh[…]