Hunger as an Instrument of Social Control

By Dr. Christine Baumgarthuber Austerity Kitchen Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. –Confucius This month will see more than half a million adults lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Lower jobless numbers have prompted the federal government to discontinue waivers that states[…]

Republicans Show Just How Much of Trump’s “Textbook Racism” They Will Tolerate

The New York billionaire has insulted entire sectors of people. Yet, the party has widely gotten behind his candidacy. (Image: Credo Action/ with overlay) As many Republicans rush to disavow latest comments, has the presumptive nominee finally gone too far? By Lauren McCauley / 06.07.2016 Testing the endurance of the proverbial ‘camel’s back’ on Tuesday,[…]

For Many Puerto Ricans, a Proposed Fiscal Control Board Smacks of US Colonialism

“Let’s go ahead, there is an agreement.” Illustration by Kike Estrada. By Ángel Carrión / 06.07.2016 There are many reasons why the summer of 2016 will prove to be pivotal for the future of Puerto Rico, a territory under the control of the United States. The Puerto Rican government is expected to default on almost $2 billion[…]

The Instagram of Ancient Rome

Mosaic Floor with a Boxing Scene, A.D. 175, Roman, found in Villelaure, France. Stone and glass tesserae, 81 7/8 × 81 7/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 71.AH.106 Durable floor mosaics and ephemeral social media posts offer similar opportunities and challenges to creators By Greer Montgomery / 05.02.2016 At first glance, ancient Roman mosaics[…]

Using Computers to Better Understand Art

Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California (1868), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. By Dr. Ricky J. Sethi Assistant Professor of Computer Science Fitchburg State University How do humans interpret and understand art? The nature of artistic style, seemingly abstract and intuitive, is the subject of ongoing debate within art history and the philosophy of art.[…]

Redux: Flatulanthropology

Fart Battle (cropped) via Wikimedia Commons    By Dr. Jon P. Mitchell (left) and Dr. Gavin Weston (right) When Jon was a PhD student at Edinburgh University in the early 1990s, there was a running joke about the possibility of developing a project on ethnoscatology – a cross-cultural study of toilet habits. If the anthropologist’s[…]

Florida and Texas AGs Received Donations from Trump – Nixed Cases Against ‘Trump U’

In this Feb. 5, 2015 file photo, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks in Tampa, Fla / Reuters/AP By Jeff Horwitz, Gary Fineout, and Michael Biesecker / 06.07.2016 Associated Press Florida’s attorney general personally solicited a political contribution from Donald Trump around the same time her office deliberated joining an investigation of alleged fraud at[…]