Category: video

Indiana Jones meets Malinowski

On Thursday November 29th, Professor Barfield will lecture to the students of CC203 about anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski and his ideas of exchange and reciprocity. Thinking about Malinowski’s continuing if too-little acknowledge impact on our society, we present this clip from The Young Indiana Jones. In it, our young protagonist is asking the elderly, wise ethnologist for […]

Wainwright sings Sonnet 29

Professor Ricks lectured last week to the students of CC201 on the sonnets of William Shakespeare. Since he did not have time enough in the short span of the lecture period to grant the students a sung performance of any of the poems, here is a popular American singer Rufus Wainwright with his own musical […]

A Gilgamesh-inflected indie film

Yet another film project inspired by a classic Core text! The Tube Open Movie is an ambitious 3D animated film project inspired by the Assyrian tablets in the British Museum whose fragments are all that we have of the original Gilgamesh story. The epic centers on the Sumerian king who ruled Uruk, in ancient Iraq, […]

Moses Parting the Red Sea

Earlier this week, Prof. Eckel lectured to the students of CC101 on the Book of Exodus. As an introduction to the topic, he showed the clip above from the 1956 feature film, The Ten Commandments.

MLK: “I have been to the mountaintop”

Prof. Eckel, during his lecture on the Book of Exodus this morning for the students of CC101, showed a clip of Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking on the night before his assassination in 1968.

How should Aeneas have dumped Dido?

According to Prof. Pat Johnson (in yesterday’s CC102 lecture), “any BU undergraduate could have found a better way to dump Dido than Aeneas did in Book IV of the Aeneid“: She was the first to speak and charge Aeneas: “You even hope to keep me in the dark as to this outrage, did you, two-faced […]

Tea with two Zen masters

During his introduction this morning of Prof. Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis before her lecture to the students of CC102 on the arts of Asia, Prof. Eckel made reference to The Long Search, a famous 1977 BBC series on the religious philosophies of the world. Specifically, he mentioned the scene in Volume 9 (“Japan: The Land of […]

Theater of War: Ancient Words, Modern Wounds

Theater of War participants and Columbia student veterans discuss a performance on the Columbia campus. Theater of War is an innovative project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays as a catalyst for town-hall discussions about the challenges faced by our soldiers and veterans. This unique stage production and panel discussion is designed to raise […]

On Relating Core to Bob Dylan

As Professor David Roochnick mentioned this morning as part of CC102’s concluding thoughts from the faculty, the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s Chimes of Freedom (here performed by Bruce Springsteen) reflect the themes and ideas covered throughout the first year of core humanities. Lyrics: Far between sundown’s finish an’ midnight’s broken toll We ducked inside the […]

We Beheld Once Again The Stars

Nicolas Porter (CAS ’14), a student in Prof. Kalt’s CC102 seminar, was part of the choir featured in the video above. Nicholas writes: The song is entitled “We Beheld Once Again The Stars,” by Z. Randall Stroope. It was performed by the 2009 Massachusetts All State Chorus in Boston’s Symphony Hall, which I was a […]