Weekly Round-Up, 9-9-17

Hello, scholars, old and new. We presume that, after this first week of classes, you are settling into your routine nicely. If not, we hope that the (relative) regularity of the Weekly Round-Up helps to set you at ease. We’ll always be here for you, Corelings. Or at least until the author graduates. Who knows what lies beyond the dark abyss that is life after BU?

  • We have a plethora of activities this semester to which all are invited. Earlier this week, we met our first-years–and welcomed back second-years and alumni–at the Core Welcome Reception at CAS 119. And today, on Saturday, we rounded off the week with the first (of many, we hope!) Adopt-a-Book event, which boasted bagels, muffins, and, of course, free books. To learn more about upcoming Core events, keep an eye out for any mentions in the Epic Times, or check out one of the display cases outside CAS 119.
  • Did you know that Rembrandt’s The Unconscious Patient (An Allegory of the Sense of Smell) almost sold for $500-800 at auction? It is one of a series on the five senses, of which the painting portraying the sense of taste remains missing. (Perhaps it, too, lies in an attic somewhere, unrecognized as a work by the Dutch Old Master by its owners, the artist’s initials hiding beneath “a layer of varnish.”)
  • Over a hundred years ago, Shakespeare’s birthplace was put up for auction before lovers of the Bard rallied for its protection. Now, on the anniversary of the occasion, the estate is being “put on the market” (though fanatics, unfortunately, cannot make any bids).
  • In New York City’s Confucius Plaza, Confucius speaks to us across the centuries. No, he really does–by scanning a code located by a statue of the Chinese philosopher, one may access the Talking Statues project, through which an actor taking on the role of Confucius discusses such themes from his Analects as filial piety, perseverance, and self-cultivation.
  • A sculpture of John Keats now sits on a bench in Chichester in West Sussex, England, where he once spent a brief period of his life. A work by sculptor Vincent Gray, we would very much like to place our hand gently atop Keats’. We don’t mind that it is cold and bronze.

English actress and singer Dame Patricia Routledge gazes lovingly into the metallic eyes of John Keats.  (Via Chichester Observer)

English actress and singer Dame Patricia Routledge gazes lovingly into the metallic eyes of John Keats. (Via Chichester Observer)

There you have it, folks. One weekly round-up, available for your perusal. Remember to return next week for another batch!

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