Posts by: CAS Core Curriculum

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 […]

On libraries

By: Carmen Bugan           Feeling nostalgic for the Bodleian, here I turn to Charles Lamb, who wrote: What a place to be in is an old library! It seems as though all the souls of all the writers that have bequeathed their labours to these Bodleians, were reposing here, as in […]

HuffPo Study Indicates that Reading is “In”

We here at the Core Curriculum are big fans of reading– big fans. The books we read are the foundations of our knowledge; they shape us as we grow. etc., etc. Books are important to us, is what we’re saying. So, when we saw that ol’ HuffPo had published an article on how to make […]

For all those reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets!

Today at the office, prof. Sassan Tabatabai handed students this sonnet by Billy Collins. We encourage you to read it!

Postcards to the Core from London

And here’s another from our summer postcard crop. This one comes to CAS 119 from London, where Giselle Boustani spent some guide times during her long break. She writes: To my Core family! Here is the “Toilet of Venus” by Velázquez, which we, of course, studied about a year and a half ago. During my stay in […]