The Ancient Native American Baby Carrier is Making a Comeback

Wakeah Jhane’s mother and little sister in family heirloom cradleboard / Photo provided by Wakeah Jhane Native women are once again embracing the cradleboard because it’s both artistic and utilitarian. By Chelsey Luger / 01.02.2018 There are strollers and swings, high chairs and play yards, vibration seats and musical floor mats. When it comes to devices[…]

The Enduring Power of Print for Learning in a Digital World

   By Dr. Patricia A. Alexander and Lauren M. Singer Trakhman / 10.03.2017 Alexander: Professor of Psychology Trakhman: PhD Candidate in Educational Psychology University of Maryland Today’s students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers. Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence[…]

Whence Comes Nihilism, the Uncanniest of All Guests?

Metis as subak. The traditional Balinese irrigation system for rice farmers. / Wikimedia Commons By Lou Keep / 01.02.2018 Friedrich Nietzsche was most famously concerned with the problem of nihilism. All societies, in his view, rely on implicit value judgments. If the foundations of these are lost, he predicts terrible consequences: widespread apathy or violent, fanatical attempts[…]

Krinein: Defining the Cult Hero

Statue of the ancient greek historian Herodotus at the parliament of Vienna / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Gregory Nagy Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature Professor of Comparative Literature Director, Center for Hellenic Studies Harvard University The meaning of krinein The key word for this hour is krinein, the “middle voice” for which is krinesthai, and the meaning of[…]