A History of Loneliness

Edward Hopper’s ‘Office in a Small City’ (1953). Gandalf’s Gallery By Dr. Amelia S. Worsley / 03.19.2018 Assistant Professor of English Amherst College Is loneliness our modern malaise? Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says the most common pathology he saw during his years of service “was not heart disease or diabetes; it was loneliness.” Chronic loneliness, some say,[…]

American Culture and Media

Image Creative Commons By Dr. Jack Lule Joseph B. McFadden Distinguished Professor of Journalism and Communication Lehigh University Introduction Figure 1.1, Getty Images In 1850, an epidemic swept America—but instead of leaving victims sick with fever or flu, this epidemic involved a rabid craze for the music of Swedish soprano Jenny Lind. American showman P. T.[…]

Why is Sarcasm So Difficult to Detect in Texts, Emails, and Online Communication?

Because you’ve never seen it before, right? Heather By Dr. Sara Peters / 03.08.2018 Assistant Professor of Psychology Newberry College This sentence begins the best article you will ever read. Chances are you thought that last statement might be sarcasm. Sarcasm, as linguist Robert Gibbs noted, includes “words used to express something other than and especially the[…]

The Architecture of Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England, begun 1220. Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris By Valerie Spanswick / 08.08.2015 Freelance Writer, History of Art and Architecture The biggest and the highest Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England, begun 1220, photo: Dr. Steven Zucker (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) There are so many superlatives consorting with the Cathedral Church of the Blessed[…]

Processing the Material Record of the Tomb of Nefertari Project

Conservators working in the tomb of Nefertari. Photo: Guillermo Aldana Newly catalogued archives document years of conservation work at this Egyptian heritage site. By Lorain Wang and Cameron Trowbridge / 03.22.2018 The Tomb of Nefertari project archive is a record of the conservation of one of the most important surviving examples of pharaonic art and a view[…]