Posts by: zakbos

Reminder: “Ancient Greece” a hoax, historians admitted in 2010

From the October 7, 2010 issue of The Onion: “Honestly, we never meant for things to go this far,” said Professor Gene Haddlebury, who has offered to resign his position as chair of Hellenic Studies at Georgetown University. “We were young and trying to advance our careers, so we just started making things up: Homer, […]

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Reminder: All Core lectures are open to all members of the campus community, including alumni. Chalk credit: Prof. Tom Barfield

On being late for class: a professor’s view

Over at The Chronicle Review, a faculty member tells the story of how she was wondering why her students were always late, and what they told her when she asked them why. An excerpt: Overall, students were much more understanding about tardy arrivals than I, and that got me thinking: Was I worrying too much […]

Postcards to the Core: From Israel, August 2015

Our latest postcard comes from Core alumna Jenn Kalik (nee Greene),who graduated with her degree in archaeology, and a minor in Judaic Studies, in 2012. She writes: “… medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love — these are what we stay alive for.” – […]

100+ more free books!

When we posted a list of give-away books last week, you guys claimed more than 100 of them. Time for a new batch! We invite you — student, alumni, and friends of the Core — to peruse the list of books below. If you would like any of them, they are yours for the asking! […]

New Languages@BU site

Here’s a helpful development: a new one-stop webpage providing information about language study here at BU. Find all the majors and minors that require language study, as well as a list of all 28 languages taught at BU:http://www.bu.edu/cas/academics/undergraduate-education/language-learning-at-cas.

How we came to wonder about Jane Austen’s slapstick

First thing in the morning, the Core office checks Arts & Letters Daily, a site run by The Chronicle of Higher Education where, each work day, links are posted to some of the best essays, reviews and articles from the worlds of criticism and scholarship. It is, in other words, our one-stop shopping destination for […]

Alumni update: Grecia

As we look down the road to the 25th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Core Curriculum (taking place this May 1st and 2nd… hope to see you there!), we’ve been getting in touch with Core alumni to find out how they’ve been doing in the years since they left BU. We’re gathering these […]

What Core prof was on the radio to talk Xmas carols?

Over at SoundCloud, the good folks of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation have posted an audio interview with one of their hosts asking a certain familiar Core personality all about a certain familiar holiday song… can you guess who it was? Can you guess what song? Give up? It’s Professor Hamill! It’s “Jingle Bells”! Minds are […]

Teaching Essay-Writing in Pyongyang

Do you ever feel like essay-writing can be tough? Me, too. Now just imagine being asked to write an essay when you have never heard of the concept of making an argument, and you don’t know what the internet is. Suki Kim taught English for six months at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology […]