How to Reboot Your Brain

01.10.2017 The Neuroscience of Coping with Information Overload The whole brain works as a unit to keep you alive. Isn’t that heart warming? Someone cares. You. – Ruby Wax Neuroscientists are continuously discovering more about the marvel that is the human brain, in part thanks to advanced neuro-imaging techniques over the past few years. Our[…]

Edme Bouchardon’s Pocket-Sized Masterpieces

Self-Portrait, about 1730, Edme Bouchardon (French, 1698–1762). Red chalk, 19.8 x 13.5 cm. The Morgan Library & Museum, purchased in 1907. Photography by Graham S. Haber The French artist filled his pocket notebooks with sketches of inspirational artworks, and an intriguing self-portrait. By Anne-Lise Desmas / 01.10.2017 Curator and Department Head of Sculpture and Decorative[…]

Socratic Citizenship: Plato’s ‘Apology’ and ‘Crito’

Marble statue of Socrates, Athens / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Steven B. Smith / 09.15.2006 Alfred Cowles Professor of Government and Philosophy Yale University Important Links: The Apology Crito The Apology Introduction We start with Plato’s Apology of Socrates. This is the best introductory text to the study of Political Philosophy. Why? Let me give you two[…]

Survival in the Roman Eastern (Byzantine) Empire

Reconstructed aerial view of Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey), the capital of the Byzantine Empire / Wikimedia Commons Lecture by Dr. Paul H. Freedman / 09.26.2011 Chester D. Tripp Professor of History Chair, History of Medicine and Science Program Yale University Introduction Byzantine Empire under Justinian / Wikimedia Commons Today the question we’re going to deal[…]

With Late Night Vote-a-Rama, GOP Takes Aim at Key Healthcare Gains

The U.S. Senate voted after 1:00am Thursday morning to get the ball rolling on Affordable Care Act repeal. (Screenshot) Sen. Brian Schatz called the Republican senators’ action “shocking, reckless, and immoral” By Deirdre Fulton / 01.12.2017 Early Thursday, Senate Republicans took the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, overcoming a[…]

The Nimrud Dogs

Bronze statuette of a dog, part of the Nimrud dogs, a Neo-Assyrian collection of dog figurines found at Nimrud, currently on display in museums at Baghdad, Iraq; Cambridge, England; New York, America, and Melbourne, Australia. This figurine is exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. By Dr. Joshua J. Mark / 01.12.2017 Professor[…]