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Age of Viking settlement revealed using trees and astrophysics

Samus Bellamy writes on dig site evidence that can place the date on the Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland that was discovered six decades ago. To find out the details and see how he dissects a New York Times article on the story, check out this link.

A RECKONING IN BOSTON Film Screening Comes to the BBF

What was supposed to be a documentary about Dorchester residents enrolled in a humanities course turned into an exploration of racism, violence, and justice in Boston James Rutenbeck, a white filmmaker from the suburbs, had the intention to simply document the Clemente Course in Dorchester, and to better understand the impact of this academic curriculum […]

How to Map a Myth

Ever wondered where, exactly, in the Mediterranean Odysseus travels took place? Check out this piece from Laphams Quarterly, written by Elizabeth Della Zazzera, a historian of modern Europe and a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, in which she outlines the processes individuals took to figure out Odysseus whereabouts throughout his […]

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 […]