Posts by: mdimov

Can’t Kant not cause gunfights?

A dubious yet interesting report describes a gunfight between two Russian men arguing over Kant’s philosophy: MOSCOW (AP) — An argument in southern Russia over philosopher Immanuel Kant, the author of “Critique of Pure Reason,” devolved into pure mayhem when one debater shot the other. A police spokeswoman in Rostov-on Don, Viktoria Safarova, said two […]

Lecture Quotes: Jorgensen on ‘epic’

Have you ever lied about reading a book?

Even the most erudite and cultured Core students and faculty have at some point in their lives been placed in a sticky situation where lying about having read a book is the easiest way out. A useful post from The Guardian gives us a study of the top ten books that people have pretended to […]

Historical objectivity

Per the question of objectivity vs subjectivity in the reporting of history, relevant to cc203′s lecture on Thucydides’ “History”, check out this satirical piece by the Onion, titled World War II Documentary Suffused With Anti-Nazi Undertones. (courtesy alumna Jenna Dee)

The Major #1: English?

Looming above many college students is the uncertainty of choosing a major. The Core does not have specific instructions on how to make this important decision… However, here we highlight some of the common opinions on the matter. Today’s topic is the English Major: In a thoughtful though rather biased article from The Chronicle Review we […]

Alum Advice: Prescription # 3

We asked our Core Alumni what succinct advice they could offer to new Core students as strategies for success in CC101. Here are some highlights: Beware the man whose trireme or codpiece is more impressive than yours. ~ Jonah Blustain (Core 2007, CAS 2009) [of course referring to Prof. Samons' infamous trireme lecture!] Speak your mind, and […]

Alum Advice: Prescription #2

We asked our Core Alumni what succinct advice they could offer to new Core students as strategies for success. Here are some highlights: For sophomores, Don’t give up, the benefits of Core will continue on and on in all your future classes, regardless of major. You will be so well prepared to draw comparisons and reference […]

Alumni Profiles: Martha Muñoz

(Core ’05, CAS ’07) Years at Boston University: 4 years Current location: Medford, MA  (but works in Cambridge) Company and Title:  ”I’m currently a PhD candidate in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. I’m also affiliated with the Department of Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard.” Recent activities: “I recently ran two legs […]

Alumni Profiles: Doug Herman

(Core ’06, CAS ’08) Years at Boston University: from 2004-2008 (double major in Linguistics and Classics, minor in French). Current location: Strasbourg, France. Company and Title: Freeman Financial Translation.   Recent activities: Doug writes: I work at a small, client-focused language services firm specialising in corporate communications. My main duties there involve translation, document review and project […]

Alum Advice: Prescription #1

We asked our Core Alumni what succinct advice they could offer to new Core students as strategies for success in CC101. Here are some highlights: A wise man, Brian Jorgensen, once said, “Read the books, go to class.” I remember those words at my first CC101 lecture in Fall 1996. ~ Kim Santo (Core 1998, CAS/SED […]