The Carolingian Renaissance: Graeco-Roman Influence, Popular Education, and a Reconfigured European Identity in Manuscript Illumination

    Charlemagne Equestrian Statue (left), Charlemagne Golden Reliquary (center), Charlemagne’s Throne (right) By Matthew A. McIntosh Brewminate Editor-in-Chief By its very definition, a renaissance is a “rebirth.”  Yet the person who coined the term – Giorgio Vasari – did so in an environment in which the contributions of preceding generations were viewed with skepticism[…]

How the Ancient Greeks Explained the World

The Acropolis in Athens / Wikimedia Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh Brewminate Editor-in-Chief From a lecture by Dr. Frank Holt, Professor of Ancient History, University of Houston (10.10.2013) Every society has to explain their world.  Ancient Egyptians believed in the “eternal now” – things are now as have always been and things will always[…]

Israeli PM Rejects $40 Billion Aid Offer, Wants More – What About ‘Homeless Vets and Starving Children’?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu / Creative Commons By Marcus Aurelius / 04.27.2016 The state of Israel currently receives a staggering $3 billion a year in so-called aid, much of it for its military, which is then used to brutalize the Palestinian people in the form of a military occupation and a settlement apparatus of land theft[…]

Your Kids Might Live on Mars. Here’s How They’ll Survive.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Creative Commons Stephen Petranek untangles emerging technologies to predict which will become fixtures of our future lives — and which could potentially save them. It sounds like science fiction, but journalist Stephen Petranek considers it fact: within 20 years, humans will live on Mars. In this provocative talk, Petranek makes the[…]

Exposed to a Deluge of Digital Photos, We’re Feeling the Psychological Effects of Image Overload

When we’re flooded with images, how much of their content do we retain? Penelope Umbrico, ‘541,795 Suns from Sunsets from Flickr (Partial) 01/23/06,’ 2006-ongoing, detail, 2500 4 inch x 6 inch c-prints. Courtesy Mark Moore Gallery and Bruce Silverstein Gallery By Rebecca Macmillan PhD Candidate, English University of Texas at Austin Twenty-four percent of U.S.[…]

How To Pair Coffee With Amaro (Because It Is Delicious)

From Valorie Clark at Sprudge.com / 04.26.2016 Coffee gets combined with stuff all the time: coffee and cream, coffee and cookies, coffee and professional ambition, coffee and teenaged ennui. This week, we want you to try something new: combining amaro liqueur and coffee. Amaro is a general term for a kind of flavorful European spirit that[…]

After Bitter Tuesday, Progressives Ask Democratic Party What It Stands For

Progressive candidates Rep. Donna Edwards and Joe Sestak lost their respective U.S. Senate primaries on Tuesday night. (Photos: AP) ‘What I want to know from my Democratic Party is…when will our voices be effective, legitimate, equal leaders?’ By Nadia Prupis / 04.27.2016 A disappointing election night for progressives ended Tuesday with two establishment Democrats, Katie[…]

Remains of the Day: A Native American Burial Discovered in San Francisco Is Shrouded in a Fog of Acrimony

Computer visualization of the burial arrangement as discovered, working from generic photographs of bones. Courtesy of Peter Colby. By Peter W. Colby / 04.26.2016 On February 25, 2014, at eight in the morning, the sky had barely turned light. In a muddy excavation site five stories below street level, an equipment operator deftly maneuvered his[…]

Taking His Thesis on the Road

Meo called the trip a “space of common imagination.” / Photo Courtesy Michael Meo Design student leads 22 cyclists on 1,000-mile desert journey By Colleen Walsh / 04.26.2016 How does a 1,000-mile bike ride through the Mexican desert translate into a thesis at the Harvard Graduate School of Design? For Michael Meo, it’s about architecture[…]