Posts by: zakbos

Study philosophy for better welders?

When Marco Rubio declared “We need more welders and less philosophers,” he was greeted with quite the bit of applause. This push for vocational work (shall we call it a populist appeal?) has become a central thread in the public conversation of this election season; this is likely motivated by continuing concerns about economic recovery […]

Vox Pop: Responses to a Faust lecture

Now I’ve studied philosophy, Jurisprudence too, and medicine, And even, sad to say, theology, Thoroughly, with great exertion. And here I am, poor fool, Not one bit wiser than before! from Faust, trans.Kirby In his CC 202 lecture yesterday, Prof. William Waters spoke about Goethe’s Faust, enlivening the talk by playing a recording of Janet […]

What Core’s reading these days

According to Joseph Addison: Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. We agree! With the abundance of minds that come and go about the Core office, we from time to timecollect a list of what current students are reading. Seldom are we disappointed by the variety of experiences. On a recent […]

What’s great about Goethe?

That Goethe is being read as part of CC202 speaks to his profound impact on literature. A writer whose works mimicked his life (or perhaps the opposite), Goethe felt a longing, a hiraeth perhaps, for something truehe wanted experience for experiences sake. Yet, can it be recounted when Goethe was last mentioned outside of the […]

For the Love of Dog!

The following post was originally published on the BU Culture Shock blog. Read Emmy Parks post, God is a Canine. Emmy lands on a conclusion that Id like to start with: What is God spelled backwards? Dog. God is with us, anyways. God is a dog. God is a dog. Or, ratherand here Id like […]

Life’s Prehistory, Summarized

In the latest video created by Core Learning Assistant Gregory Kerr, find a lighthearted and comedic look at recent topics covered in CAS CC 111: Origins. How lighthearted? Well, this will probably be the only time you find Cake Boss, Kevin Spacey, cat memes, involuntary defenestration, and Jar-Jar Binks brought in to help explain rough […]

Class Distinctions Photo

From Prof. David Green, a photo of one of the extraordinary paintings the Core group saw at the Class Distinctions exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston this past Friday: Abraham del Court and Maria de Keersegieter, 1654, Bartholomeus van der Helst. Current Core student? Alum in the Boston area? Let us know if […]

Hamlet in a Jordanian refugee camp

Prof. Hamill (who lectured last week in CC 201 on Hamlet, as it happens) brings to our attention this photo essay from The Guardian: Photojournalist Sarah Lee travelled to Jordan with the Globe Theatres touring Hamlet production. Aiming to visit every country in the world to commemorate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeares birth, and the […]

Winter is coming.

“… as the world rolls on toward bigger and better nobility.”

It seems folks are always fretting about the juvenile hijinks taking place on college campuses. However, going through some BU archives, we find an opinion expressed in 1931 that the immaturity was more or less over. Has this observation been borne out? You be the judge. From an editorial titled “Growing Pains”, published in a […]