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Ancient Gilgamesh tablet showcasing earliest form of literature returned to Iraq

Officials believe the artifact looted during the 1991 Gulf War was illegally imported into the U.S. in 2003, then sold and put on display in a Washington museum.     https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ancient-gilgamesh-tablet-showcasing-earliest-form-literature-returned-rcna8001

Hidden sketch revealed beneath Rembrandt’s The Night Watch

Who knew chalk could talk? Amsterdam restorers certainly did, as they discovered Rembrandt’s original chalk outline of The Night Watch. “You may ask why is this so important? Well, it gives us the feeling we can peek over Rembrandts shoulder while he was working on The Night Watch.” Read it here:Hidden sketch revealed beneath Rembrandt’s […]

An Analysis of Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” from the Wall Street Journal

Check out this article from the Wall Street Journal on Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”, where the writer, Benjamin Shull, analyzes the poem’s timelessness and human truths. “So often in his poems, Whitman begins from particulars — individual people and the jobs they perform, fleeting impressions of nature — and then proceeds to meditate more […]

Playlist to study as an empiricist

Looking for an interesting, yet calming playlist that you can listen to while doing work? Well, look no further, as the Core Curriculum’s Professor Hamill has found this 11 hour playlist of ambient songs to transport you as you study:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r0ax76pg8w Students interested in learning more about empiricism can come to the Core Office, or contact […]

Age of Viking settlement revealed using trees and astrophysics

Samus Bellamy writes on dig site evidence that can place the date on the Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland that was discovered six decades ago. To find out the details and see how he dissects a New York Times article on the story, check out this link.

A RECKONING IN BOSTON Film Screening Comes to the BBF

What was supposed to be a documentary about Dorchester residents enrolled in a humanities course turned into an exploration of racism, violence, and justice in Boston James Rutenbeck, a white filmmaker from the suburbs, had the intention to simply document the Clemente Course in Dorchester, and to better understand the impact of this academic curriculum […]

How to Map a Myth

Ever wondered where, exactly, in the Mediterranean Odysseus travels took place? Check out this piece from Laphams Quarterly, written by Elizabeth Della Zazzera, a historian of modern Europe and a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, in which she outlines the processes individuals took to figure out Odysseus whereabouts throughout his […]

A note of thanks after the Core Banquet

An email came in this morning, from an alumnus in the Core class of 1994, commenting on last night’s Core Banquet: Im writing just to say I thought the Core banquet last night was fantastic, despite it having to be again a virtual event. Royal Wood was wonderful, the video was a riot, and the […]

The Core Toast

In observance of this evening’s Core Banquet, we share the traditional toast, with which this annual event has been opened for thirty years.Each group of lines is read aloud by our convener, and thenrepeated by all in unison: To students and their teachers; to teachers and their students; and therefore to the great-souled dead, distant, […]

UK tabloids furious at Jane Austen Museums pivot to accurate history

Check out this article on the reactions of certain tabloids in the UK when the Jane Austen Museum decided to answer questions about Jane Austens ties to slavery honestly: https://theattic.jezebel.com/uk-tabloids-furious-at-jane-austen-museums-pivot-to-acc-1846735698 Students interested in reading Jane Austens works can come to the Core Office, or email us (core@bu.edu).