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What does it mean to be human? We explore that question by creating and examining culture in its myriad forms and across disciplines: literature, media, philosophy, religion, visual and performing arts, and much more.

Nature reflected in a bubble

Randal Curren considers why sustainability matters

Sustainability is a well-worn term—but a hard one to define. It’s a “messy, murky concept,” says philosopher and chair of the philosophy department, Randall Curren.

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The Future of the Past

Textual scientist Gregory Heyworth recovers the words and images of cultural heritage objects that have been lost, through damage and erasure, to time.

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Monastery in French Alps

New book reflects on visits to monastery

In Jennifer Grotz’s newest book of poetry, Window Left Open, she draws inspiration from her visits to the Monastère de Saorge in the French Alps.

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Looking back at the AIDS crisis

Douglas Crimp looks back on his role as one of the pioneers of scholarly research on the perception of the AIDS epidemic.

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Looking back at Japanese American internment

Joanne Bernardi organized a photo exhibition and lecture focusing on the Japanese-American experience during World War II.

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Emerging from the shadows

Kenneth Gross is the editor of a new book detailing the use of shadows in literature over time.

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Families according to Goethe

Susan Gustafson’s new book examines Johann Goethe’s view of families in his literary works.

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Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio

Professor honored for scholarly contributions

Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio was honored for her contributions to Italian studies, comparative literature, and fostering a dialogue among Italianists worldwide.

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A hometown’s history of slave trading

As an inaugural fellow of the Humanities Center, Pablo Sierra is documenting the history of slave trading in his hometown, Puebla de Los Angeles.

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Are prisons necessary?

Joshua Dubler has been awarded a Carnegie Fellowship to write a manuscript about whether prison needs to be a part of modern society. (Photo: Michael Coghlan/Flickr)

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A professor’s new field

In order to better teach her students, Beth Jörgensen immersed herself in the writings of disability studies, and will co-edit a new anthology on the field. (Image: Japón (2002))

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MOON DWELLERS: A famous 1830s press hoax involved reports of bat-like people and other fanciful creatures supposedly seen on the moon by an astronomer. (Credit: Library of Congress)

Truth or hoax?

Joan Saab examined the relationship between seeing and believing as the inaugural presenter in the Nazerian Humanities Lectures at the Humanities Center.

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