Posts by: CAS Core Curriculum

Understanding Dante’s Inferno

At the end of our journey in CC 102, all first year Core students walk with Dante down through the inferno, up to purgatorio, and finally end in paradiso. The Divine Comedy, written in the early 1300s, is master piece full of things too awful and too beautiful for the author to describe. Though many […]

10 Recommended Reads on Anthropogenic Climate Change

1. How to Change Minds About Our Changing Climate by Seth B. Darling and Douglas L. Sisterson This book addresses 15 common arguments against climate change and backs it up with some science, using illustrations and humor to bring a comprehensible case to supporting reform. 2. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert […]

Festivities at the Core!

Decompress at this end-of-the-semester reception with cookie-decorating, card-making, arts-and-crafts and refreshments in abundance. Friday 12/14, 3-5 PM at 141 Carlton Street. Hosted by Word & Way; open to all Core students and alumni and their guests.

Don Quixote is the only book you have to read.

No seriously, the book has been around for hundreds of years and is still relevant today. A large chunk of our Western entertainment is based off of Don Quixote, especially its humor. Obsessed with chivalrous ideals, Don Quixote wrestles with the idea of chivalry, nobility, and happiness. Don Quixote also pokes fun at the romance […]

Say Goodbye to the Big K

Or Le Grande K, if you will. For years the kilogram was defined by the weight of a metal cylinder kept under the strictest lock and key in Versailles, France. That little cylinder is affectionately called ‘Le Grande K’. However, despite the cylinder’s vacuum sealed climate control storage and the six clones kept in other […]

Color in Ancient Sculpture

To complement our current study of the Parthenon and trips to the MFA, here are a few videos on the coloring of ancient sculptures. For more information on this topic, visit the Tracking Color: Ploychromy of the ancient world website here.

Ancient Greek Music

Since we’ll be looking at the Ancient Greek Acropolis in our next CC101 lecture, we thought you might be interested inlearning more about music from the time.    

Postcards to the Core: from Rethymno, September 2018

Our Core alumna, Kat Monahan, sent us a postcard all the way from Greece! Here’s what she reflects on during her time in Rethymno: Sept. 12, 2018 Γεία σου, Κωρ! Hi Core! Wishing everyone an auspicious start to the 2018-2019 school year. I’d like to propose a Classics alumni trip to Crete so I can […]

Upcoming in CC 201: Don Quixote

This upcoming week, our CC 201 students will take on the seemingly daunting novelwritten by Miguel de Cervantes:Don Quixote. This door stopper of a book details the adventures of haphazard knight and his bumbling squire as they traverse a Spain that has moved on from the world of knights and chivalry. Though this book is […]

Wear your Core shirt this Friday for a $25 gift certificate!

The Core Curriculum invites you to fly your Core flag this Friday for #IheartCore Day. Since folks will be visiting BU for Friends & Family Weekend, we want them to see how large and fashionable the BU Core community is. Here’s how to participate. Wear your Core teeshirt this Friday, October 19th, and make sure […]