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#iHeartCore Day Valentines

Can’t choose between your boo and your favorite philosopher? Now you don’t have to! In honor of both Valentine’s Day and #iHeartCore day, we present these Core-themed Valentines, fit for spreading all kinds of Core love.

Historical Finds: Soviet Gulag Prison Tattoos

Think you could get ink like this in Cambridge? The Soviet Gulag was an expansive system of imprisonment, as “undesirables” were removed from society through prisons, camps, and remote exile. Yet a new culture emerged from this alienation, captured here in almost 3,000 drawings of prison tattoos captured by a prison guard in the middle […]

Sample, Cover, Remix Away

That’s right, it’s time to do thatcover of “We Have No Bananas Today” you’ve been dying to do. As of January this year, the intellectual property rights on thousands of works from 1923 have expired, allowing these works to enter the public domain. Without copyright restrictions, these pieces of art, music, literature, and film are […]

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 […]

Opinion: Go Get That B

I dare you to get a B in this class. That’s what Adam Grant is telling straight-A students. Pushing back against the “cult of perfectionism” cultivated around education, Grant claims that students who aim for perfect transcripts often avoid taking risks, miss opportunities for failure and growth, and neglect emotional and social growth.Advisors and parents […]

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.

On The Matrix…

…and Plato’s allegory of the cave. Here we see Professor Roochnik introducing Allen Speight’s lecture on Plato’s Republic– including, among other things, a comparison of The Allegory of the Cave to the film The Matrix. And who says core texts aren’t relevant?

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 […]