Posts by: CAS Core Curriculum

Women and Reading

An excerpt from The New Yorker magazine on “The Woman Reader” by Belinda Jack. In the history of women, there is probably no matter, apart from contraception, more important than literacy. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, access to power required knowledge of the world. This could not be gained without reading and writing, […]

A Gilgamesh-inflected indie film

Yet another film project inspired by a classic Core text! The Tube Open Movie is an ambitious 3D animated film project inspired by the Assyrian tablets in the British Museum whose fragments are all that we have of the original Gilgamesh story. The epic centers on the Sumerian king who ruled Uruk, in ancient Iraq, […]

A Core joke for Thursday

Professor: “Have you finished reading the Nicomachean Ethics yet?” Student: “No, I’m waiting for them to turn it into a movie.” _ _ _ _ _ _ _ NB: When your humble blog author read this joke aloud in the Core office, the workstudy student on duty said: “That’s so typical.”

Moses Parting the Red Sea

Earlier this week, Prof. Eckel lectured to the students of CC101 on the Book of Exodus. As an introduction to the topic, he showed the clip above from the 1956 feature film, The Ten Commandments.

MLK: “I have been to the mountaintop”

Prof. Eckel, during his lecture on the Book of Exodus this morning for the students of CC101, showed a clip of Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking on the night before his assassination in 1968.

Tabatabai on the Hudson

This weekend while visiting New York City, Prof. Sassan Tabatabai (above, left) caught up with alumnus Tom Farndon (Core ’10, CAS/SMG ’12) for an afternoon of kayaking on the Hudson River. If we were to ask them how the trip went — what with the strong currents and winds on that part of the river […]

Dr. Jelle Atema, from lobsters to CC106

Dr. Jelle Atema of the BU Department of Biology, will be joining the course faculty in CC106: Biodiversity this coming spring. His areas of research interest include sensory biology and biometic robotics, and he is currently involved in studies of the chemical ecology of lobsters, the dispersal of larvae in reef fishes, and navigation in […]

Core e-bulletin, Fall 2012: Week 2

For the week of September 9, 2012 CC101: Professor Gillman: “Genesis: God in Search of Man” 9/11 (Tsai Auditorium) CC105: Professor Marsher: “Motions on the Earth” 9/11 (CAS 522) CC105: Professor Marsher: “Motions in the Sky” 9/13 (CAS 522) CC201: Professor Nelson: Machiavelli’s The Prince 9/11 (CAS 522) CC203: Professor Barfield: “The Desert and the […]

“Shakespeare’s Songs” on May 1st

We are pleased to announce this lecture / recital on “Shakespeare’s Songs”, featuring Christopher Ricks as lecturer; Dana Whiteside, baritone; and James Johnson, piano. The program features songs set to texts by William Shakespeare. Composers include Peter Warlock, Robert Schumann, Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Roger Quilter, and Erich Korngold. The event is TOMORROW, Tuesday, May […]

Today: Goldstein on Food

“WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT FOOD” A lecture on food & writing, by Darra Goldstein, Editor of Gastronomica & Professor of Russian, Williams College 24 April 2012, 7 pm, Barristers’ Hall, in the BU School of Law Free and Open to the Public Sponsored by the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship