A Lesson from Phaedrus: Savoring the Moment

The Old Drunkard, Hellenistic Sculpture, Late 3rd century BCE / Glyptothek, Munich By Dr. Peter Kruschwitz / 08.14.2015 From The Petrified Muse Professor of Classics Fellow of the Pontifical Academy for Latin (Pontificia Academia Latinitatis) University of Reading The Roman fabulist Phaedrus opens the third book of his Fabulae with the following piece (Phaedr. 3.1,[…]

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Pragmatic Idealist in Action as a Reformer, 1850-1865

Photograph of Emerson in later life / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Leonard Gougeon / 09.15.2015 Distinguished Professor of American Literature University of Scranton Introduction When Emerson entered the national scene in 1850 as a full-fledged reformer, he knew that America faced a dire moral threat. In September, the U. S. Congress passed a series of[…]

The Geometric Mosaics at Khirbat Mar Elyas (Northern Jordan): A Comparative Study

  By Dr. Mohammad Nassar and Dr. Abdulmajeed Sabbagh Nassar: The University of Jordan Sabbagh: Umm Al-Qura University Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 56 (2016), 528-555 The Great Church at Khirbat Mar Elyas is one of the most important sites with geometric mosaic pavements in northern Jordan, with one the of best-preserved baptistries in the[…]

The Rise and Fall of Sourdough: 6,000 Years of Bread

Lecture By Dr. Eric Pallant at Barnard’s Inn Hall / 03.23.2017 Fulbright Scholar, Professor of Environmental Science Allegheny College The story of human civilization – our developing relationship to nature, to food, religion, science, time, and one another – can all be told by a loaf of freshly-baked, warm-from-the-oven sourdough bread.  The fact that for[…]