Seven Ways to Improve your Concentration

By Chad Foreman / 05.28.2016 How to Concentrate Effortlessly Concentration is not a dirty word, it is the basis of a stable and healthy mind. Whilst some may find it difficult to concentrate for any length of time, often it’s only difficult when concentrating on things that we don’t like or don’t want to do,[…]

Digital Domesday: Digital Surveillance Threatens Us with a New Serfdom

Nothing of what William’s subjects had in life escaped the Domesday Book. Today, more covertly, those in power are using mass surveillance to collect all the digital details of our lives. Flickr/Andrew Barclay By Graham Murdock Professor of Culture and Economy Loughborough University In 1085, almost two decades had passed since William the Conqueror’s victory[…]

Inside ISIS’ Looted Antiquities Trade

Antiquities seized in a raid on Islamic State fighters in Syria were returned to the Iraqi government by the United States. Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters By Dr. Fiona Rose-Greenland / 05.30.2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Chicago For excavators – archaeologists, but also looters like the Islamic State, or ISIS – the opportunity for discovery in modern[…]

Poetry and the Dēmos: State Regulation of a Civic Possession

Warriors Nereid Monument / British Museum 166 By Dr. Casey Dué Hackney Director and Professor, Program in Classical Studies University of Houston 01/31/2013 Summary This article argues that poetry—the Homeric epics and the works of the tragedians—enjoyed an importance to the democratic government of Athens equal to that of the city’s laws. Like laws, poetry[…]

Ethnography: Integration

Jonathan Cardy – Wikimedia Commons By Dr. George E. Marcus / 05.25.2016 Professor Anthropology University of California Irvine Tim Ingold has chosen to polemicize ethnography in recent years in the name of a good cause—his own admirable and philosophically earnest practice of it as anthropology, in the not-so-minor humanist key that has always accompanied its[…]

Clinton Scrambles for California as Sanders Challenges for Nation’s Biggest Prize

Sanders drew his signature massive crowds at rallies throughout the state. (Photo: Roger Jones/flickr/cc) Clinton cancels appearances in New Jersey to try to win back support ahead of California’s June 7 primary By Nadia Prupis / 05.31.2016 As Bernie Sanders launched a campaign blitz in California on Monday ahead of the state’s June 7 primary,[…]

The New Hope

Image courtesy Sri Lanka Brief Anonymous Poem I have learned humility, to respect my brother, to walk on the straight line when the man in blue requires compliance, but I am not drunk, and I am not free, yet tonight I will eat hoppers on national televsion, not in a private soiree, so the fisherman[…]

An Introduction to the Athenian Legal System

Ostracon mentioning Pericles, son of Xanthippus / Creative Commons   By Dr. Victor Bers and Dr. Adriaan Lanni Bers – Professor of Classics, Yale University Lanni – Professor of Law, Harvard University Law School Summary This article was originally written for the online discussion series “Athenian Law in its Democratic Context,” organized by Adriaan Lanni and[…]

Bookings at Trump Hotels Plummet

05/31/2016 Donald Trump has garnered a lot of attention as a Republican presidential candidate. But how has this attention impacted his business interests? Are sales up or down? The Trump brand is associated with a variety of hotels, apartments, and products. On one hand, a growing number of political supporters could boost sales of Trump[…]