Posts by: zakbos

Postcards to the Core: from Phnom Penh

Postmarked August 1, from Cambodia – Phnom Penh is amazing! So much to see and do and Cambodians are incredibly friendly! I hope all is well at the Core office! – Abby Simon, Core ’06, CAS ’09

Analects of the Core: Engels on revolution

But the anti-authoritarians demand that the authoritarian political state be abolished at one stroke, even before the social conditions that gave birth to it have been destroyed. They demand that the first act of the social revolution shall be the abolition of authority. Have these gentlemen ever seen a revolution? A revolution is certainly the […]

Analects of the Core: Hobbes on the Good

From Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan: Aristotle and other heathen philosophers define good and evil by the appetite of men; and well enough, as long as we consider them governed every one by his own law. For int eh condition of me that have no other law but their own appetites, there can be no general rule […]

Core Readers Series #1

Alumnus Michelle Kwock occupies a summer afternoon reading What’s Wrong With Democracy by Core Humanities lecturer, and chair of the Classics department, Prof. Jay Samons. Would you care to be a featured Core Reader here on the Core blog? Just send us a photo, by attachment to core@bu.edu, showing you reading a Core or Core-related […]

The Lego Inferno

With final papers done and turned in, exams finished, and the semester turning over into the start of the summer break, CC102 students might be feeling a bit like they’ve emerged from the final level of the Inferno — “Procrastinators”?, skipping Purgatory altogether to end up directly in the Paradiso-like environs of summer break. So […]

E-bulletin for week of 9/18/11

LECTURES THIS WEEK CC101: Jennifer Knust on Genesis (9/20) CC105, Tuesday: Tereasa Brainerd on relativity (9/20) CC105, Thursday: Forum — Is the world deterministic? (9/22) CC201: Jodi Cranston on Michelangelo (9/20) CC203: Thomas Barfield on The Muqaddimah (9/22) A reminder to alumni — if you will be in Boston during a scheduled course lecture, and […]

Analects of the Core: Assyrian bas relief

Today’s visual Analect is an Assyrian bas relief from the collection of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, in Brunswick, Maine: “Winged Figured with Embroidered Tunic and Shawl”, from Northwest Palace, Nimrud, Iraq. Gypsum, 90 9/16 x 58 13/16 x 6 7/16″, 883-859 BC. Gift of Dr. Henri B. Haskell M 1855 (1860.2). Students may […]

Six Quotes: Zank on Genesis

“Genesis starts with ‘In the beginning’; and that is always a great place to start.” “The Bible’s stories, laws, and beliefs decisively influenced the western imagination; biblical heroes became models for kings and commoners, and taught westerners how to act, what to pursue, how to govern and rule.” “The Bible has been many a person’s […]

How to prosper in Core, part two

More advice from Core alumni reaching out through the Core Facebook Wall and the EnCore online community to support first-year students in their first fall in Core. See the first batch here. Jennifer Formichelli, Core lecturer:: Read all the books in a quiet place in a nice chair with your cell phone and computer off. […]

Analects of the Core: The Old Testament on Cain’s conception

Today’s visual Analect is taken from Robert Crumb’s sumptuous Illustrated Book of Genesis (Norton, 2009). Click on the thumbnail above to view Genesis 4:1-15.