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‘Goethe was really an outlier in stressing that love was more important’

‘Goethe was really an outlier in stressing that love was more important’

September 18, 2018

When Johann Wolfgang von Goethe rewrote his 1776 play, Stella: A Play for Lovers, most scholars contented that the only major change was to the original’s polygamous ending. Now a new English translation by Rochester professors Susan Gustafson and Kristina Becker Malett—the first time the original has been translated in its entirety—reveals greater differences in gender relations throughout the text.

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Pitching politics

Pitching politics

August 9, 2018

The story of baseball in the United States is intertwined with that of the presidency, says senior English lecturer Curt Smith. In his new book he traces the points of connection from the colonial era to the present.

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Parsing the Pledge of Allegiance

Parsing the Pledge of Allegiance

June 13, 2018

In an excerpt from his new book, philosophy professor Randall Curren looks at the Pledge’s Rochester roots and traces its evolving use in public schools.

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What happens when democracy becomes irrational?

What happens when democracy becomes irrational?

April 17, 2018

While in Rochester, Distinguished Visiting Humanist W. J. T. Mitchell will participate in lectures and discussions probing psychology, politics, and culture.

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Can you erase fear from a scary memory?

Can you erase fear from a scary memory?

April 4, 2018

The Humanities Center’s year-long look at memory and forgetting continues with a public lecture from neuroscientist Daniela Schiller, whose work on the malleability of memory has promise for people with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, addiction, and phobias.

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Fairchild Award honors mural artist Sarah C. Rutherford

Fairchild Award honors mural artist Sarah C. Rutherford

March 21, 2018

A tribute to five Rochester women who work to lift others’ voices in the community, the “Her Voice Carries” art project has earned local artist Sarah C. Rutherford this year’s Lillian Fairchild Memorial Award.

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Five things you might not know about Michelangelo

Five things you might not know about Michelangelo

March 20, 2018

He lived twice as long as other people of his day, and he ‘kind of knew everybody.’

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Michelangelo lived large—and ‘loved to laugh’

Michelangelo lived large—and ‘loved to laugh’

March 20, 2018

Renowned Michelangelo expert and this year’s Ferrari Humanities Symposia keynote speaker William Wallace has spent his career helping readers to find the familiar in the extraordinary artist’s day-to-day life.

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