Star Wars and Medieval Manuscripts

By Dr. Bryan C. Keene / 12.14.2015 Adjunct Professor of Art History Pepperdine University As a certified Star Wars fan (thanks to my amazing father) *and* a curator of medieval manuscripts, I couldn’t resist putting together a guide of the out-of-this-world imagery and ideas about the universe from the Middle Ages. In medieval Europe there was a close link[…]

A History of the Search to Measure the Speed of Light

Photo by kallerna, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Michael Fowler Maxine S. and Jesse W. Beams Professor of Physics , Physics Education,Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics University of Virginia Early Ideas about Light Propagation Portrait of Galileo Galilei (1636), by Justus Sustermans / National Maritime Museum via Wikimedia Commons Attempts to measure the speed of light played an important part[…]

Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson: English Renaissance Theatre

The Globe Theatre, Panorama Innenraum, London / Photo by Maschinenjunge, Wikimedia Commons    By Dr. Kevin Seiffert and Dr. Rosemary Sutton Seiffert: Professor, Department of Educational Administration, Foundations, & Psychology, University of Manitoba Sutton: Vice President for Student Learning and Success, Cascadia College, Bothell English Renaissance theatre, also known as early modern English theatre, or (commonly) as Elizabethan theatre, refers[…]

On Literature, the Humanities, and Humanity

The painting depicts the end of the 1381 peasant’s revolt, mentioned in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The image shows London’s mayor, Walworth, killing Wat Tyler. There are two images of Richard II. One looks on the killing while the other is talking to the peasants. / Library Royal via Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Theodore L. Steinberg Distinguished Teaching[…]

Accounting for Power: The History of an Industry that Shaped the World

All accounted for in Babylon. Belshazzar’s Feast by Rembrandt. Everett – Art/Shutterstock The number crunchers who helped create our capitalist world have been measuring theworld since ancient times. By Dr. Christina Neokleous / 07.21.2016 Lecturer in Accounting University of Essex In ancient Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Egypt, Rome and in Greece, the world saw the first flowering of an industry that would document and shape its[…]

Counting in Babylon

Creative Commons By Dr. Michael Fowler / 06.12.2015 Maxine S. and Jesse W. Beams Professor of Physics , Physics Education,Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics University of Virginia The Earliest Written Language Sumer and Babylonia, located in present-day Iraq, were probably the first peoples to have a written language, beginning in Sumer in about 3100 BC.  The language[…]