Gleanings from Bostonia

The following round-up of items of interest from BU’sBostonia magazine comes to us from alumna Cat Dossett (Core ’16, CAS ’18), an illustrator and writer living in the Boston area. For your interest and edification, here are their recommendations:

  • The News section tells us that BU mechanical engineers are usingkirigamito create robotic grabby hands. What’s kirigami, you ask?Think origami, but you cut the paper —kirirefers to cutting, andgamirefers to paper. Read more >>
  • From the “We’re reading” section comes a spotlight onFloating in a Most Peculiar Wayby Louis Chude-Sokei — a professor of English, holder of the George and Joyce Wein Chair in African American Studies, and director of the African American Studies Program. This book was one of the titles which winners of the various Core awards in Spring 2021 were invited to choose as a prize to honor their achievements in the classroom and the Core community; Cat received her copy as a gesture of thanks for her contribution to that year’s Core Journal as an alumni editor.Read more >>
  • There’s a new bust in town! Bostonia tells us about a new sculpture honoringElie Wiesel in the Human Rights Porch of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Wiesel, many readers will know, lectured in Core for a time. Michael Zank, a Core friend and lecturer, is quoted in the article. Sculptors employed medieval techniques to create this and other busts, like those of Rosa Parks and Howard Thurman. Cat remarks: “They look wonderful if a little surreal. Heads emerge from columns like wood-ear mushrooms…” Read more >>
  • “These are very weird stars,” says Prof. JJ Hermes.Lovely to see an astronomy article; too often we in the Core community forget about the natural sciences, as we grapple with Cervantes and Du Bois and Milton, but these disciplines are (and should be) a big part of Core. Read more >>

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