History and Influence of Venice’s Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge on Venice’s Grand Canal, 2010. Photo: gnuckx For centuries Venice’s Rialto Bridge has attracted draftsmen, painters, and tourists. By Nicole Block / 09.05.2017 Multicultural Undergraduate Intern J. Paul Getty Museum If you’ve ever seen travel photos of Venice or been to Venice yourself, you’re probably familiar with the Rialto Bridge. The Ponte di[…]

Imagination is a Powerful Tool: Why is Philosophy Afraid of It?

Two Men Contemplating the Moon by Caspar David Friedrich. 1825-30. / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Amy Kind / 09.01.2017 Professor of Philosophy Claremont McKenna College Philosophers have a love-hate relationship with the imagination. René Descartes, for one, disparaged it as ‘more of a hindrance than a help’ in answering the most profound questions about the nature[…]

Growing Pains: The Automobile in America, First Hated then Loved

Old auto grill / Pixabay Americans once abhorred the automobile. Today, there is a car in every garage. By Jeremy Deaton / 07.10.2017 Disruptive technologies may face terrific backlash, but eventually low cost and convenience prevail. Computers replaced typewriters. Cassettes replaced records. Cars replaced horses. And none of it happened overnight. At the turn of the[…]

Beer is the Greenest Beverage

America’s craft breweries are incredibly sustainable. By Jeremy Deaton / 08.15.2017 Henry David Thoreau once said that a glass of beer would “naturalize a man at once — which would make him see green, and, if he slept, dream that he heard the wind sough among the pines.” That quote might as well be emblazoned on every[…]

Miguel González, ‘The Virgin of Guadalupe’

Miguel González, The Virgin of Guadalupe (Virgen de Guadalupe), c. 1698, oil on canvas on wood, inlaid with mother-of-pearl (enconchado), canvas: 99.06 × 69.85 cm / frame: 124.46 × 95.25 cm (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) By Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank / 08.22.2017 Assistant Professor of Art History Pepperdine University The Virgin of Guadalupe reveals herself to[…]

The ‘Internet of Things’ is Sending Us Back to the Middle Ages

Is this our relationship to tech companies now? Queen Mary Master By Joshua A.T. Fairfield, J.D. / 09.05.2017 Professor of Law Washington and Lee University Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and cleanliness. The hackers got[…]