Weekly Round-Up, 5-19-17

Hello, scholars! How is the first week of summer going? Excited for Commencement? We sure are. Read on:

  • Reminder: Graduating seniors are welcome to visit the Core Office (CAS119) for the Core Senior Send-off Reception from 4-6pm. Special thanks to EnCore, the Core alumni association, for organizing the event. (IMPORTANT: There will be wine.)
  • “Forget death and seek life!” Heritage Daily posted a guide to the Epic of Gilgamesh, citing our translation of choice, David Ferry’s Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse (1992), as the most readable of translations of the work.
  • James Holmes and John Maurer of The National Interest argue the case for teaching Thucydides at war colleges. Thucydides, along with Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, Mahan, Corbett, and Mao, comprise the canon of war colleges’ strategy courses.
  • I believe theres a lot to learn from reading Capital,'” said British shadow chancellor John McDonnell on May 7th. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn had to agree, admitting Marx was a “great economist.” Naturally, such statements stirred controversy, primarily having to do with Marxist history rather than Marxian theory. The Economist, meanwhile, claims that Marx can teach us a great deal even in today’s world.
  • The history of the Hogarth Press: In 1917, Virginia and Leonard Woolf established the Hogarth Press. It would be an investment that, though time-consuming, allowed them greater freedom in publishing their own works as well as those of other authors. Yet they experienced limitations as well–in one instance, they rejected James Joyce’s Ulysses due to its length, a much too difficult task for the couple to publish.

Virginia and Leonard Woolf in 1914.  (Via Alamy Stock Photo)

Virginia and Leonard Woolf in 1914. (Via Alamy Stock Photo)

That’s it for this week. Enjoy the lovely weather! Wear sunscreen! Stay hydrated!

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