Category: In the News

Weekly Round-Up, 4-7-17

Why hello there, scholars. Fancy meeting you here, on the longest-running weekly series of posts on the Core Blog. What’s that? This is theonly weekly series on the Core Blog? …Ignore us, then. Read on: Jean-Jacques Rousseau is misunderstood, says Nelson Lund, guest blogger for the Washington Post. His book, Rousseaus Rejuvenation of Political Philosophy: […]

Weekly Round-Up, 3-31-17

Hello there, scholars. Are you ready for your weekly installment of Core-related news? We bet you are. So without further ado: Amid controversy surrounding Jane Austen and the so-called alt-right (as you know, Austen’s opinion on today’s politics is highly sought after; we will get back to you scholars once our staff sprites return from […]

Weekly Round-Up, 3-24-17

What’s shakin’, scholars? This week is jam-packed with news and articles on Gilgamesh, St. Augustine, Walt Whitman, and more. Read on: A cylinder clay seal hailing from the Akkadian period (2000 BC) of Mesopotamia and depicting a scene from the Epic of Gilgamesh, along with 40 other antiquities from Iraq, will find its way to […]

From The Guardian: Ozymandias statue found in mud

A joint Egyptian-German expedition has recently unearthed several missing pieces of the statue of Ramses II, the Egyptian pharaoh who was the subject for another masterpiece, of which the Core students who have done their homework will remember at least a fragment–“Ozymandias,” by P.B. Shelley. The discovery is therefore literally out of this world, and, […]

Weekly Round-Up, 3-16-17

Welcome back, scholars! Sometimes we like to think of the weekly links as the Core gossip page. We’ve got celebrities, gross diseases, controversy… Well, you’ll see. Read on! Palpatine–er, Ian McDiarmid–plays the titular character in Faust x2, a musical and condensed version of Goethe’s poem, adapted by the actor himself and directed by Lisa Blair. […]

From boingboing: “brain scans” of artificial intelligence processes

Graphcore is a start-up company that has recently secured $30m “to deliver massive acceleration for machine learning.” One of its latest findings has been posted by Mark Frauenfelder at boingboing: “brain scans” of Graphcore’s Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), which is likea rudimentary brain that can performbasic processes related to learning and memory. Here’s an image […]

Weekly Round-Up, 2-17-17

Good afternoon, scholars! This week we cover events around BU campus, two plays, and a new museum. Read on: Around Campus: CFA presents Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Stephen Pick, next Wednesday (Feb. 22) through Sunday (Feb. 26). General admission in the Lane-Comley Studio 210. (See, there’s so much Shakespeare in this world […]

Weekly Round-Up: Shakespeare Edition, 2-10-17

OK Corelings, we want to make a bet (mostly because we know we will win). What if we told you we could fill an entire round-up with current Shakespeare-related news and still keep it interesting? Read on: Shakespeare in the Park, a summer festival that presents theater performances for free to the general public, is […]

Weekly Round-Up, 2-2-17

Lucky you, there are two link compilations this week! (Find the special Epic Times edition here.) The world of literature and the arts are simply booming lately. Read on: Director Phyllida Lloyd presents the conclusion to a trilogy of Shakespearean plays with her retelling of The Tempest. Set in a women’s prison, it explores themes […]

Weekly Round-Up: Epic Times Edition, 2-1-17

If you are a recipient of the Epic Times, the weekly email newsletter of the Core Curriculum, you may have noticed a familiar inclusion at the bottom of the most recent email. That’s right–we got a special shout-out this week! So in case you missed it, here is the extra round-up created especially for the […]