Category: Core Authors

April 13: Hochschild lecture at BU

A lecture happening here at BU next month may of particular interest to students in CC204, who in the course of their study of the problem of inequality have been reading The Second Shift. The author of that book, Arlie Russell Hochschild (University of California, Berkeley), will be on campus on Friday, April 13, 2012, […]

Core to see Pride & Prejudice on stage

On March 20th, the second-year Core Humanities students will hear a lecture on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by the novelist Allegra Goodman.  Dr. Goodman’s most recent book The Cookbook Collector has been described as a “Sense and Sensibility for the digital age.” We are fortunate that a theatrical version of Pride and Prejudice is […]

Interview with Stephen Esposito

Did you see this interview with Prof. Esposito, when it was posted last month following its publication in the Core Journal? Here’s an excerpt: How do you think the addition of Ajax has been beneficial for CC101? It’s a tender matter to bring up suicide to eighteen-year-olds because they’re on the cusp of a whole […]

Another response to the A.R.T. Ajax

Prof. David Roochnik, Core seminar leader, lecturer, and professor in the Department of Philosophy, wrote in to the Core blog to share this thoughts about the production of Ajax Core students and faculty attended this weekend. Interesting production. Brilliant idea to use the video screens for the chorus. But the disconnected speeches they uttered were, […]

Ajax in Afghanistan, revisited

Professor Steve Esposito, a longtime member of the Core Humanities faculty and associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Classics, writes about a recent Core excursion to a new theatrical version of Ajax… This weekend, 85 Core students and 10 members of the Core faculty attended the very successful production of Sophocles’ […]

Eckel on panel asking, What is Asia?

What Is Asia? A panel discussion, hosted by the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. Featuring Professor David Eckel, Boston University Religion (and director of the Core Curriculum) Professor Robert Hefner, Boston University Anthropology Professor Eugenio Menegon, Boston University History Moderated by Professor Adil Najam, Director of Pardee Center Monday, February 14, […]

A Common Misreading of Gulliver’s Travels

The Times Literary Supplement recently addressed how people are often mislead into thinking Jonathan Swift presents a negative view of human nature in Gulliver’s Travels, a book read in the second year of the Core Humanities: Yet what readers tend also to be told is that the moral system of Houyhnhnms, according to which no […]

A new paper from Prof. Kyna Hamill

Prof. Kyna Hamill, whose area of scholarly focus is the early Italian commedia dell’arte, has published a paper in a special issue of Theatre Symposium focusing on stage props. In her paper, titled “A Cannonade of Weapons: Signs of Transgression in the Early Commedia dell’arte,” Prof. Hamill explores the dramatic and symbolic role of weapons […]

A new book by Prof. Wates

Professor Roye Wates is a long-time guest lecturer in the Core Humanities, where she speaks to sophomores about the method and meaning of Mozart’s operas. Core students are not the only beneficiaries of her knowledge—she is frequently called upon to give pre-concert talks in the Boston area, and has lectured on various aspects of Mozart’s […]

Analects of the Core: Weber on religion’s significance in society

Denn obwohl der moderne Mensch im ganzen selbst beim besten Willen nicht imstande zu sein pflegt, sich die Bedeutung, welche religiöse Bewußtseinsinhalte auf die Lebensführung, die Kultur und die Volkscharaktere gehabt haben, so groß vorzustellen, wie sie tatsächlich gewesen ist For sure, even with the best will, the modern person seems generally unable to imagine […]