Ralph Waldo Emerson: Public and Private Revolutions

Photograph of Emerson in later life / Wikimedia Commons   By Dr. David M. Robinson and Dr. Jean McClure Mudge / 09.15.2015 Robinson: Distinguished Professor of American Literature, Director of the Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University Mudge: Scholar and Researcher of American Studies The “New Thinking”: Nature, Self, and Society, 1836-1850 By Dr.[…]

What is Concrete Poetry?

Augusto de Campos’s Lygia Fingers, a poem from 1953 for his wife-to-be, Lygia Azeredo, highlights the international tendencies of concrete poetry; it appeared in a portfolio of concrete poems by European and Brazilian artists issued by the German printer and publisher Hansjörg Mayer in 1964. From 13 visuelle Texte (Stuttgart: Edition H. Mayer, 1964). The[…]

Using the Placenta to Understand How Complex Organs Evolve

Developing lizard embryo beneath placental tissues. Oliver Griffith By Dr. Oliver Griffith / 03.23.2017 Postdoctoral Associate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Yale University Considering how different they look from the outside, it might be surprising that all vertebrates – animals with a backbone – share the same, conserved set of organs. Chickens, fish, human beings[…]

The Guitar in the Classic and Romantic Periods, c.1750-1850

Classical 19th-century six-string guitar / Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg By Dr. Júlio Ribeiro Alves / 12.2015 Professor of Music Theory and Guitar Marshall University Towards the Six-String Guitar The transition between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries revealed a new context for the guitar. The socio-political context of Spain under the leadership of Philip[…]

The Defacement of the Parthenon Metopes: Dating and Interpretation

By Dr. Benjamin Anderson Assistant Professor of Art History Cornell University Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 57 (2017), 248-260 The dating and interpretation of archaeologically attested acts of vandalism is a hazardous business. Consider the Arch of Constantine. The archaeologist remarks that the emperor’s head has been systematically removed from each of the Constantinian reliefs,[…]

Prodicus on the Rise of Civilization: Religion, Agriculture, and Culture Heroes

Karthea Temple ruins on the island of Keos (modern Kea) By Dr. Stavros Kouloumentas / 11.01.2016 Postdoctoral Classics Research Fellow University of Humboldt, Berlin CHS Research Bulletin 4:2 (2016) Introduction Three authors who were active in classical Athens seem to have been familiar with Prodicus’ doctrines.[1] Xenophon preserves a speech of Prodicus in which the[…]