Posts by: cdossett

The First Woman to Translate the Odyssey into English

“Find the beginning.” “Tell me about a complicated man,” reads the first line of classicist Emily Wilson’s new translation of the Odyssey. Published this month, November 2017, the book marks the first time a woman has translated Homer’s epic poem into English. Called “lively, fast-paced” and “contemporary and exciting” by reviewers (indeed, “radically contemporary” according […]

Reformation Commemoration Party

Happy Halloween, scholars! While you’re chowing down on buckets of candy and impressing one another with your costumes, take a moment to reflect on a more sober commemoration: the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and, more specifically, the nailing of Martin Luther’s 95 theses to the church door of Wittenberg. Here is a list […]

Do you follow the Core Instagram?

Because you should. Our handle is easy to remember–@bucore! Follow us for the latest in Core activities, including outings, weekly tea ceremonies, and miscellaneous shenanigans and goings-on at the CAS 119, on BU campus, and abroad. Here are a few selectionsfrom this semester to entice you: Cotton candy skies at sunset in Kenmore last night, […]

Weekly Round-Up, 10-9-17

Corelings! Get out of bed! Put away your laundry! Clean up those mugs of tea that are littering your dorm (your roommate(s) will thank you)! It’s a new week, and we have a brand-new, classes-free day to enjoy. Let’s get going. An inscription in the ancient language Luwian, written on a 3,200-year-old stone slab, has […]

Postcards to the Core Round-Up

Here at the Core office, we’ve gotten quite a few postcards over the year from alumni, current students, and faculty alike. Any visitor to CAS 119 will say that our wall (and, recently, the conference room door) is one of the most eye-catching aspects of the office. And after all, we do love living vicariously […]

Weekly Round-Up, 10-2-17

Hello, scholars! We hope you had a fruitful fall weekend and are ready for another week of classes. Here is another installment of Core-related news and articles to send you on your way. BU researchers, headed by Prof. Deborah Kelemen, developed a children’s book about natural selection entitled How the Piloses Evolved Skinny Noses. Directed […]

Weekly Round-Up, 9-25-17

Hello, scholars, and welcome to another (belated) week’s Round-Up of links! This week, we visit the Sistine Chapel (in England), Pluto, and a galaxy far, far away. (And we promise, no Jane Austen this time.) The annual Core BBQ took place yesterday, September 24, on the BU Beach. Current Core scholars, alumni, and their guests […]

Weekly Round-Up, 9-16-17: Accidentally Jane Austen Edition

Hello, scholars. We had an accident in the most Core way possible. You see, as we were gathering interesting Core-related news and articles across the interwebs, something… happened. Well, you’ll see. Read on: Over in the UK, the new 10 pound note–depicting the face of Jane Austen–has entered circulation. And it will never see the […]

Enuma Elish and Genesis (X-post)

A Meditation on Enuma Elish and the Primordial History of Genesis Let us ask just one question about Genesis 1-11 in comparison with the Akkadian creation epic: how do human beings appear in these two stories? To ask this question, we do not need to decide in advance whether the authors of Genesis deliberately produced […]

Adopt-a-Book Event, Fall 2017

Last Saturday morning, Core presented its very first Adopt-a-Book event, sponsored by Word & Way, the Core student association. Scholars old and new gathered in CAS 119 to munch on bagels and muffins, sip on juice and coffee, and peruse a massive selection of books awaiting a forever home. And, in keeping with the spirit […]