Tagged: CC202

Analects of the Core: Thoreau on confidence and success

I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. – Henry David Thoreau, from the Conclusion to Walden, which book students will be reading this […]

Analects of the Core: Thoreau on being rich

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone. – Henry David Thoreau, in “Where I Lived and What I Lived For” from Walden, which book students will be reading this spring in CC202: From the Enlightenment to Modernity.

CC202 video homework

Anne Whiting (Core ’11, CAS 13) observes that the homework in CC202 involves, sometimes, trawling videos on YouTube. Behold: The Three Boys – The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote) by Mozart A clip from Ingmar Bergman’s 1976 film version of Mozart’s opera. NB: This version will be screened next week, on Monday and Tuesday February 7th […]

Analects of the Core: Mozart on inspiring situations

When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly. – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose opera The Magic Flute will be examined in Prof. Roye Wates‘ lecture tomorrow afternoon for the students […]

Analects of the Core: Pope on submitting

But errs not Nature from this gracious end, From burning suns when livid deaths descend, When earthquakes swallow, or when tempests sweep Towns to one grave, whole nations to the deep? “No,” ’tis replied, “the first Almighty Cause Acts not by partial but by gen’ral laws; Th’exceptions few; some change since all began And what […]

Postcards to the Core: from Paris

Dear Core, Hola! I am on a mini-break from Paris, in Madrid right now, where I had the treat of spending the day in the Prado. Velázquez and Goya close up are really an experience. I never really “got” the singular appeal of Las meninas or The 2nd of May until I was there, in […]

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 dimension in Van Gogh’s paintings

Over at the Artcyclopedia, edited by John Malyon, a new slideshow has appeared, showcasing versions of 12 paintings by Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh which have been digitally manipulated to look like photos of three-dimensional models. In tilt-shift photography, a special lens is used which lends the illusion that a photo is of a […]