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Listen to the musical notes of an ancient conch shell

Whats the oldest instrument youve ever heard played? Well, we might be able to do you one better. In this article, an 18,000 year old conch was reexamined at the Natural History Museum of Toulouse in France, discovered to have a different purpose than they originally thought. This conch was discovered in 1931 in the […]

The bright ghosts of antiquity by John Talbot

In this feature for The New Criterion titled “The bright ghosts of antiquity”, BU alumnus John Talbot writes about the baffling translations of the Loeb Classical Library, and wonders about the impact of such translations on the study of Latin and Greek: https://newcriterion.com/issues/2011/9/the-bright-ghosts-of-antiquity But then if your Greek were good enough, you wouldn’t be reading […]

Gong hei fat choy!

In view of the Lunar New Year, let’s look back to a trip taken in the past by Core students to Boston’s Chinatown. On Sunday February 5th 2006, a small party of students gathered at 10 AM to take the T to Chinatown to watch the traditional Lion Dance and enjoy a meal of dim-sum […]

5 Misconceptions About Climate Change

In this episode of Science Matters from The Origins Podcast, the host, theoretical physicist, lecturer, and author, Lawrence M. Krauss, focuses on 5 big misconceptions about climate change, as well as the science behind climate change. In their first episode of 2021, Lawrence addresses misconceptions such as, “human productions of CO2 cannot significantly impact the […]

Article about Dante’s Descendant Taking Part in a Mock Retrial

Check out this fascinating article about Dante’s descendant taking part in a mockretrialto see if Dante’s conviction in 1302 was just! Click this link to read!  

Voltaire and the Land of Snow

On this snowy day, our thoughts turn to this mention of snow in North America, on page 58 of Wooton’s translation ofCandide: ‘You know England; are they as mad there as in France?’ ‘It’s a different type of madness,’ said Martin. ‘You know that these two nations are at war over some acres of snow […]

A NYT Article about “The Dancer Who Made Beethoven’s Ninth Happen”

In this NYT article, Patricia Morrisroe beautifully describes the life of one of the greatest dancers of their generation, Louis Antoine Duport, and the dramatic event of the performance of Beethoven’s Ninth, a powerful choral symphony. To read about this “temperamental impresario” and the premiere of a concert he managed, click here.

A New Article about Visiting Ancient Worlds Virtually through Student-Made Videos

This article by Rich Barlow allows you to see course tours of art from Boston to Paris via technology. These tours were created by BU students in Professor Kyna Hamill’s “Ancient Worlds” class for their UROP projects. To read this article and see the virtual tours, click here.

“Make Federal Buildings Beautiful Again”

This week, as CC 101 students turn their focus towards the Parthenon, classical architecture has also been getting some attention from President Trump. The Guardian reports that earlier this year, the Trump administration drafted an executive order calling for a return to a classical style in new federal buildings. The draft order, entitled “Make Federal […]

Shakespeare on Zoom

A global pandemic didnt stop Irelands love of theatre. A collaboration of theatre companies from Portstewart in Northern Ireland put on a production of Shakespeares, The Tempest via zoom during the earlier stages of the pandemic. In April of 2020, the zoom performance had its debut, selling out many weekends. This idea inspired others, leading […]