What a ‘Rigged’ Election Actually Looks Like

Officials count ballots after polls closed during the second round of parliamentary election in Cairo, Egypt, on Nov. 23, 2015. / Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters 10.17.2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stated unequivocally on Sunday that the US election is rigged. It’s not the first time Trump has claimed the US electoral process is biased against him[…]

Monticello: Thomas Jefferson and Neoclassical Architecture

Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1770-1806 (Photo: Rick Stillings By Dr. Bryan Zygmont Associate Professor of Art History Clarke University A gentleman architect In an undated note, Thomas Jefferson left clear instructions about what he wanted engraved upon his burial marker: Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of American Independence of the[…]

The Medieval Power Struggles that Helped Forge Today’s Universities

La Sorbonne, Paris / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Giles Gasper / 03.10.2016 Senior Lecturer in Medieval History Durham University As universities prepare for a new regime of regulation aimed at monitoring the quality of their teaching, they may find some comfort in the 900-year-old history of debates around autonomy, governance, who can award qualifications and[…]

Super PAC to Billionaire: We Need More Money to Save a Republican Senate

Stephen Melkisethian / flickr (Creative Commons) By Robert Faturechi and Lauren Kirchner / 10.14.2016 To understand how Donald Trump’s comments and alleged mistreatment of women are stoking the anxiety of other Republicans, look no further than the private appeal sent Wednesday to a billionaire from a super PAC backing Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey. Without a[…]

Ancient Romans- Their Fascination with and Copying of Greek Art

Polykleitos, Doryphoros (Spear-Bearer), Early Classical Period, Roman marble copy after a Greek bronze original from c. 450-440 B.C.E. (Museo Archaeologico Nazionale, Naples) By Dr. Beth Harris Emeritus Professor of Art History Khan Academy Roman copies of ancient Greek art When we study ancient Greek art, so often we are really looking at ancient Roman art, or[…]

Daniel Martin Diaz’s New Art Show Inspired by Science and Magic Opens in San Francisco

By David Pescovitz / 10.15.2016 My friend Daniel Martin Diaz‘s exquisite paintings lie at the intersection of science, art, and magic to provoke questions about technology, physics, theories of mind, and the nature of reality. He has an exhibition of spectacular new works opening in San Francisco today at the wonderful science/nature/curiosity shop Paxton Gate.[…]

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Donald Trump Just Can’t Let Go Of Alex Jones

By Brian Tashman / 10.17.2016 Donald Trump’s conspiracy-theory-ridden presidential campaign didn’t emerge from a vacuum. Many of the bogus claims that Trump has leaned on in his campaigns are ones that we’ve been hearing from Republican politicians for years, such as the allegations that climate change is a myth or that Democrats use massive voter[…]

Introduction to Ancient Greek Art

By Dr. Renee M. Gondek Adjunct Professor of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion University of Mary Washington A shared language, religion, and culture Ancient Greece can feel strangely familiar. From the exploits of Achilles and Odysseus, to the treatises of Aristotle, from the exacting measurements of the Parthenon (image above) to the rhythmic chaos of the Laocoön (image below), ancient[…]

Building Roman Roads

Ostia Antica / Wikimedia Commons By Martyn Shuttleworth If you took a poll about Roman engineering and asked people what defined Roman engineering, the famous Roman roads would lie towards the top of the list. These, more than anything, were the backbone of the Roman Empire and allowed the Romans to hold sway over a[…]

Three Strategies for Bringing More Kindness into Your Life

By Juliana Breines / 09.16.2016 One of the best ways to increase our own happiness is to do things that make other people happy. In countless studies, kindness and generosity have been linked to greater life satisfaction, stronger relationships, and better mental and physical health—generous people even live longer. What’s more, the happiness people derive[…]