Tagged: reading

Yet More Core Books

The Core recently did a survey of syllabi in programs at other schools offering courses that are like Core in method and structure: primary texts, organized chronologically, giving students a working knowledge of the foundational works and ideas of our shared cultural heritage. While many of the books we saw on those other syllabi were […]

David Green on Core and the canon

Prompted by Dean Sapiro’s lecture on Mary Wollstonecraft to question why there are so few women authors in the Core Humanities, Prof. David Green had his CC 202 students this week  momentarily put aside Pride and Prejudice and the question of whether happiness in marriage is a matter of chance to consider the criteria for […]

Have you ever lied about reading a book?

Even the most erudite and cultured Core students and faculty have at some point in their lives been placed in a sticky situation where lying about having read a book is the easiest way out. A useful post from The Guardian gives us a study of the top ten books that people have pretended to […]

Writers’ Reasons For Reading

Here is where these great writers get their zest for reading: “Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant, and interesting.” Aldous Huxley “Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring […]

Annual Poetry Reading: Poetry’s Distant Voice

The Core presents a “set of two poems, which are the same poem” as phrased by Zachary Bos, one of the respected speakers at the Annual Poetry Reading this year on April 16th. The theme of the reading was “Poetry’s Distant Voice”, and here is Zachary Bos’ contribution: From The Book of Hours I, 36 MacDiarmid, […]

W. H. Auden’s Syllabus

In this article, Jeva Lange lets us peek into the extremely heavy reading list college students would receive from W.H. Auden for his class, Fate and the Individual in European Literature, as seen above. Compare this to all the Core reading lists combined! http://bit.ly/W8oTLj For the full article, visit http://nydn.us/13aM8q4

Valentine/Lupercalia Poetry Reading & Gallery Talk

The Core encourages students to visit the MFA and join guest lecturer Henry Augustine Tate in a poetry reading and gallery talk on the intriguing topic of Valentine’s Day, and Lupercalia, an ancient festival. The event will take place on Sunday, February 10th, from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the Sharf Visitor Center of […]

Temple Sinai Poetry Festival

The Core delves into the literary works of diverse cultures, and students are always encouraged to widen their horizons. An opportunity to do this is the upcoming Annual Jewish Poetry Festival, on Sunday, February 3rd, from 2:00pm-4:00pm, at Temple Sinai, Brookline, MA. It will include a reading and discussion of poems by Jewish poets within Temple […]

Analects of the Core: Austen on the joy of reading

Relating to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which is studied this semester by CC 202, is today’s analect: I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I […]

Marginal Note #1: Sassan Tabatabai’s notes on Shakespeare’s King Lear

Core students, faculty, and alumni are invited to contribute to “Marginalia.” This will be a series of images showing how readers relate to their books via underscoring, scribbles, and other forms of mark-up. This first entry in the series comes from Prof. Sassan Tabatabai’s personal copy of King Lear. Click on the image for a […]