The Sociology of the Anti-Vaccination Movement

By Dr. Zuleyka Zevallos / 02.28.2016 Any time there is an article about vaccine initiatives, a segment of the public begin to shout about government conspiracies and their perception of nefarious science. What is behind the anti-vaxxer movement? I start by discussing the scientific evidence about the fraud that inspired the anti-vaxxer movement before providing a broad[…]

New Part of 2nd Century BCE Roman Fortress Wall and Colored Plaster Discovered at Nebet Tepe

The fall 2016 archaeological excavations on the Nebet Tepe Hill in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv consisted of probes at three strategic locations. Photo: TV grab from BNT2-Plovdiv By Ivan Dikov / 01.02.2017 Archaeology in Bulgaria Previously unknown part of a fortress wall from the Roman Era and numerous fragments of plaster which are even older are the[…]

Van Alen, The Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building, photo: David Shankbone / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Paul A. Ranogajec / 01.02.2017 Professor of Art History Brooklyn College With its sky-piercing spire, its sleek, metallic ornament poking out over the streetscape, and its luxurious marble- and metal-lined interiors, the Chrysler Building epitomizes its time: an era of concentrated wealth, industrial power, and[…]

Natural Law Roots of the Social Contract Tradition

The King’s Library, London / Wikimedia Commons Lecture by Dr. Ian Shapiro / 01.15.2000 Sterling Professor of Political Science Adjunct Law School Professor Director, MacMillan Center Yale University Enlightenment Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527 / Wikimedia Commons We start by talking about the Enlightenment, and I want to offer one prefatory caution about any way of dividing[…]

The Cherokee Are the Only Tribe Entitled to a Delegate in Congress. But Will They Finally Send One?

By Anthony Finley Co. of Philadelphia via Wikimedia Commons. To deal with a Trump administration, the tribal nation might now want to use that 200-year-old treaty right. By Tristan Ahtone / 01.04.2017 As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to occupy the Oval Office, much of Indian Country is bracing for the worst. But the U.S. Congress[…]

Akbar’s “Jesus” and Marlowe’s “Tamburlaine”: Strange Parallels of Early Modern Sacredness

Mughal Emperor Akbar / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. A. Azfar Moin Associate Professor of Religious Studies University of Texas, Austin 3:2013-2014 Abstract This essay explores a strange parallel in the way that sovereignty was imagined in early modern South Asia and Europe. At the end of the sixteenth century, when the Mughal emperor Akbar embraced[…]

Sociology – Its History, Theoretical Perspectives, and Purpose

Sociologists study how society affects people and how people affect society. How does being in a crowd affect people’s behaviour? (Photo courtesy of PDerek Hatfield/wikimedia commons) By Dr. William Little / 2014 Assistant Teaching Professor of Sociology University of Victoria Introduction to Sociology Concerts, sports games, and political rallies can have very large crowds. When[…]

Urging Millions to Rise Up, Trump Foes Issue Call to ‘Resist Fascism’

“No! In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America!” the ad states. (Image: ‘Millions must rise up in a resistance [to] stop the Trump/Pence regime before it starts!’ By Nadia Prupis / 01.04.2017 Thousands of activists, journalists, scientists, entertainers, and other prominent voices took out a full-page call to action[…]

The Bug That Had the World Seeing Red

Page from the Codex Zouche-Nuttall, 1200–1521 A.D., Mixtec. Painted deer skin, 19 x 23.5 cm. / The British Museum, London, Am1902,0308.1 (BM Add. MSS 39671). Creative Commons How a Mesoamerican insect created the globe’s most coveted color By Amy Butler Greenfield / 01.04.2017 Once there was a color so valuable that emperors and conquistadors coveted[…]

Life’s Theme

By Kira M. Newman / 01.01.2017 Does Your Life Story Shape Your Goals? If your life were a movie, where would the plot be headed right now? You may not be immortalized in a film anytime soon, but your life is still a story. According to psychologists, we all have an internalized narrative that explains how[…]