Bread and Circuses: The Two Classicisms

Pollice Verso (Thumbs Down), by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1872 / Phoenix Art Museum By Dr. Patrick Brantlinger / 08.01.1985 James Rudy Professor Emeritus of English Indiana University, Bloomington From Bread and Circuses: Theories of Mass Culture as Social Decay “We change cures, finding none effective, none valid, because we have faith neither in the peace we[…]

Piracy in a Contested Periphery: Emergence of the Modern World-System in the Colonial Atlantic Frontier

French ship under attack by Barbary pirates, c.1615, by Aert Anthonisz / National Maritime Museum, London By Dr. P. Nick Kardulias and Emily Butcher Kardulias: Marian Senter Nixon Professor of Classical Civilization and Chair of Program in Archaeology, College of Wooster Butcher: M.A. in Anthropology, Ball State University, field researcher Journal of World-Systems Research 22:2[…]

The World Turned Upside-Down: The Crisis of the 17th Century and the English Revolution, 1640-1649

Battle of Naseby, hand-coloured copper engraving by Dupuis after Parrocel, 1727. The victory of the Parliamentarian New Model Army, under Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, over the Royalist army, commanded by Prince Rupert, at the Battle of Naseby (June 14, 1645) marked the decisive turning point in the English Civil War. / Wikimedia Commons[…]

Sociological Perspective and the Elements of Culture

Photo by Isla Haddow-Flood, Wikimedia Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 02.26.2017 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction Social Issues in the News “Cows With Gas,” the headline said. In India, cows are considered sacred by that nation’s major religion, Hinduism. They are also an important source of milk and fertilizer. It is no surprise that India[…]

Tellings and Texts: Dadupanthi Homiletics in North India

Dadupanthi Saints / Photo from University of Oxford By Dr. Monika Horstmann / 10.01.2015 Professor of Linguistics University of Heidelberg “The Example in Dadupanthi Homiletics,”[1], from Tellings and Texts: Music, Literature, and Performance in North India Introduction India is rife with preaching. There is no city, no village where there are not on generous display[…]

Keith Haring, ‘Subway Drawings’

Keith Haring, Untitled, 1984, chalk on paper, 88 1 /2 x 46 inches, photographer: Ivan Dalla Rana © Keith Haring Foundation By Dr. Amy Raffel / 02.24.2017 Art Historian Former Professor of Art History Lehman College An international art star, Keith Haring and his work have often been characterized as quintessentially of the eighties—an embodiment of[…]

Artists and Melancholy in the Early Modern World

The cover of The Dark Side of Genius:The Melancholic Persona in Art,Ca.1500-1700 by Laurinda S. Dixon, featuring Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait at an Early Age. Image credit: Laurinda S. Dixon. By Dr. Laurinda Dixon / 03.07.2014 Professor of Art History Syracuse University Today the word “melancholia” refers to a psychological condition. But medical authorities once maintained that[…]