Arts & Humanities

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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.

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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Theater students perform the climactic final scene of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Yerma.

Curtain rises on new Institute for the Performing Arts

John Covach heads up a new initiative to make the performing arts and the humanities available to every student, whether on stage or in the audience.

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Rochester Lyric Opera Theatre

Unique space inspires art exhibit

Co-curated by Missy Pfohl Smith and Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge,Compartmented brought together 17 regional artists for two evenings filled with multi-media installations, dance, and performance art.

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Illustration of Martian invasion

Martian fascination

Jeffrey Tucker examines why the Red Planet continues to fascinate storytellers of all genres, and how science fiction can give readers a closer look at the present.

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Drawing of medieval warriors on horseback

Removing the filter on medieval chivalry

A new book by Richard Kaeuper looks at chivalry through a strictly medieval lens, without all the usual romanticism.

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Christensen with assistant in field.

Art, science combine to detect 'authorship' of historic structures

Peter Christensen is developing a tool that determines the characteristics of structures and objects throughout history, noting individuality and subtle differences while giving credit to the original creators.

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Museo de Historia de Madrid

Book focuses on public displays in the Spanish Frontier

Professor Thomas Devaney’s new book looks at staged public events and spectacles in 15th century Spain, helping to shape the country’s narrowing ideologies. (Photo: Museo de Historia de Madrid)

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Jennifer Grotz

Professor receives fellowship for literary translation studies

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Jennifer Grotz a grant to translate several poems by Polish writer Jerzy Ficowski.

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Barbed wire fence (Photo: Flickr/Kate Ter Haar)

The impact of religion on mass incarceration

Josh Dubler and his colleague attempt to shed new light on how changes in America’s religious landscape have contributed to growth in the prison system over the last 40 years. (Photo: Flickr/Kate Ter Haar)

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The Poitier Effect

Sharon Willis argues that Sir Sidney Poitier’s image on screen creates a false sense of equality that continues to appear in the popular media and remains damaging to race relations today.

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World Map Illustration

Book explores discovery of the unknown

What is exploration? And what distinguishes it from travel, discovery, or adventure? Stewart Weaver’s survey of exploration through the ages offers some answers.

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inspireJAM dancer

Shall we dance? A cross-disciplinary approach

The Program of Dance and Movement embraces a cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach to its coursework, festivals, guest speakers, and more, explains director Missy Pfohl Smith.

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