The Praetorian Guard: History and Evolution

Detail of a triumphal arch depicting Praetorian Guards. / Photo by Eric Huybrechts, The Louvre, Creative Commons By Mark Cartwright / 12.02.2016 Historian The Praetorian Guard (cohortes praetoriae) was, in the Roman Republic, a commander’s personal bodyguard and then, in the imperial period, an elite force assigned to protect the emperor and Rome. Over the years, the guard would become a[…]

What Plagues Us?

At Radcliffe’s Science Symposium, “Contagion: Exploring Modern Epidemics,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Laurie Garrett said there is need for improved local and national disease-management entities. / Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Institute Radcliffe hosts symposium about epidemics from Ebola to the opioid crisis. By Greta Friar / 10.31.2017 The topics waiting to be discussed read like the writing prompts[…]

Martin Luther, Fallible Reformer

Martin Luther is “a mirror for our contradictions and struggles, for all the ways our society and our religious establishments continue to try and fail,” says Harvard Divinity School Assistant Professor Michelle C. Sanchez. / Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard Staff Photographer Divinity School professor considers the man and his 95 Theses 500 years later. By Colleen Walsh[…]

Dark Matter: The Mystery Substance Physics Still Can’t Identify that Makes Up the Majority of Our Universe

Map of all matter – most of which is invisible dark matter – between Earth and the edge of the observable universe. ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech, CC BY By Dr. Dan Hooper / 10.25.2017 Associate Scientist in Theoretical Astrophysics, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago The past few decades have ushered in an[…]

What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us about Dealing with Our Own Grief

Confucius sculpture, Nanjing, China. Kevinsmithnyc, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA By Dr. Alexus McLeod / 10.30.2017 Associate Professor of Philosophy and Asian/Asian-American Studies University of Connecticut November 2 is All Souls’ Day, when many Christians honor the dead. As much as we all know about the inevitability of death, we are often unable to deal with the[…]