Posts by: CAS Core Curriculum

Postcards from the Core: From Hydra, September 2018

A postcard from Hydra, Greece, written to Prof. Murphy from Core sophomore William Denton, marking the start of the semester. How coincidental considering this fall we’ll be going back to Ancient Greece in CC101 and 211! * Core loves postcards. Whether youre at home or abroad now, wed love to get one from you. Our […]

Postcards to the Core: From Bari, August 2018

                Oh boy, more mail! We’ve just heard from BU and Core alum Peter Michelli, currently doing research in southern Italy. Dear Stephanie, Cliff, Rose and Zach, Sending Regards from Bari where I’m on my first (!) archival trip! (And they let me in!) Sincerely, Peter Michelli   […]

Postcards To The Core: from Washington, D.C., July 2018

                We are delighted to receive our first postcard of the summer! This one comes from Core alum and rising junior Hannah Jew, currently interning in Washington, D.C. Hello Core, Everything is beautiful at the ballet… and everything is swampy in D.C. My internship is going nicely, but […]

Virginia Woolf on Not Knowing Greek

In her 1925 essay “On Not Knowing Greek,” Virginia Woolf laments our weak understanding of Greek language, and how even the best translations leave behind critical inflections and allow misconceptions of Greek culture to overshadow the truth. Leave it to Woolf to understand the importance of the smallest details- just as she shows the reader […]

Oldest Fragment of the Odyssey?

Looks like a far cry from the nice paperbacks we use now! Before editions of the Odyssey could be printed, bound, and tossed into a backpack, and before the story was first recorded on tablets, it was passed as an oral tradition that changed slightly with each retelling. After Homer recorded the story in writing […]

Slow and Steady: the Value of Slow Reading

Imagine the difference between enjoying a relaxing, sit-down meal and scarfing down a granola bar while riding the T to work. While many would prefer the former, sometimes we must sacrifice quality and enjoyment for practicality. But should we treat reading the same way? The folks over at The Indy thought the same thing in […]

Postcards to the Core: from Madrid, April 2018

Exciting news: We have received word back from one of our students studying abroad in Madrid! This postcard comes to us from recent Core alum Kassandra Round, who has been very missed at the Core office. Dear Core, I have been in Madrid for almost 3 months and it has been an amazing experience. I […]

A Hearty Congratulations…

…to affiliates of the Core, Emanuel “Ami” Katz and Stephen Kalberg, for their promotions to full professor on our Charles River Campus! Stephen Kalberg is a prolific writer who has published a total of twelve books, and his focus is on the German social theorist Max Weber. Ami Katz is a brilliant physicist, a frequent […]

Looking for something to do on Valentines Day?

Here are some local happenings for you: MORTIFIED’S DOOMED VALENTINE’S DAY SHOW Brave men and women read from old journals and share the good and the bad of their teenage years. For one night only, Mortified is titillated to join the award-winning, neo-burlesque darlings of Rogue Burlesque! Join us for a Valentines Day extravaganza of […]

On Mice and Not Knowing

The Enlightenment was… many things. To seek to define it in one word would, perhaps, be a display of great arrogance. And of course, none of us here with the Core have anywhere near enough self-esteem to be considered arrogant. One of the definitions of Enlightenment, and perhaps the most common, is thus: the Enlightenment […]