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A note of thanks after the Core Banquet

An email came in this morning, from an alumnus in the Core class of 1994, commenting on last night’s Core Banquet: Im writing just to say I thought the Core banquet last night was fantastic, despite it having to be again a virtual event. Royal Wood was wonderful, the video was a riot, and the […]

The Core Toast

In observance of this evening’s Core Banquet, we share the traditional toast, with which this annual event has been opened for thirty years.Each group of lines is read aloud by our convener, and thenrepeated by all in unison: To students and their teachers; to teachers and their students; and therefore to the great-souled dead, distant, […]

UK tabloids furious at Jane Austen Museums pivot to accurate history

Check out this article on the reactions of certain tabloids in the UK when the Jane Austen Museum decided to answer questions about Jane Austens ties to slavery honestly: https://theattic.jezebel.com/uk-tabloids-furious-at-jane-austen-museums-pivot-to-acc-1846735698 Students interested in reading Jane Austens works can come to the Core Office, or email us (core@bu.edu).  

Medieval Help Desk

In light of an upcoming CC102 lecture on medieval literature the week of March 30, check out this hilarious video from Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) with English subtitles. The actors portray two people in medieval times, one of whom has just received his first book, and has to call Help Desk to figure out how to […]

MythBusters Jr. replicates the Impossible Odysseus Arrow Shot

Check out this short clip from MythBusters Jr. on the Science Channel where the host, Adam Savage, attempts to recreate Odysseus famous arrow shot, hitting a target after the arrow passes through twelve ax heads: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iFuSle2QkI Core students interested in the Odyssey can contact the Core Office (core@bu.edu) to ask for a link to the […]

Ten P&P literary adaptations

In light of Professor Joseph Rezek lecturing on Jane Austen this week in CC202, we present for your pleasure and delight this list of literary adaptations of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: First Impressions (2010) by Alexa Adams An Assembly Such As This (2006) by Pamela Aidan Charlotte (2012) by Karen Aminadra Mr. Darcys Daughters (2003) […]

Listen to the musical notes of an ancient conch shell

Whats the oldest instrument youve ever heard played? Well, we might be able to do you one better. In this article, an 18,000 year old conch was reexamined at the Natural History Museum of Toulouse in France, discovered to have a different purpose than they originally thought. This conch was discovered in 1931 in the […]

The bright ghosts of antiquity by John Talbot

In this feature for The New Criterion titled “The bright ghosts of antiquity”, BU alumnus John Talbot writes about the baffling translations of the Loeb Classical Library, and wonders about the impact of such translations on the study of Latin and Greek: https://newcriterion.com/issues/2011/9/the-bright-ghosts-of-antiquity But then if your Greek were good enough, you wouldn’t be reading […]

Gong hei fat choy!

In view of the Lunar New Year, let’s look back to a trip taken in the past by Core students to Boston’s Chinatown. On Sunday February 5th 2006, a small party of students gathered at 10 AM to take the T to Chinatown to watch the traditional Lion Dance and enjoy a meal of dim-sum […]

5 Misconceptions About Climate Change

In this episode of Science Matters from The Origins Podcast, the host, theoretical physicist, lecturer, and author, Lawrence M. Krauss, focuses on 5 big misconceptions about climate change, as well as the science behind climate change. In their first episode of 2021, Lawrence addresses misconceptions such as, “human productions of CO2 cannot significantly impact the […]