Please consider downloading the latest version of Internet Explorer
to experience this site as intended.
Tools Search Main Menu

RSSSociety & Culture

‘Martin Luther King Jr. was my first American hero’

‘Martin Luther King Jr. was my first American hero’

January 16, 2018

Four-time Emmy Award-winner and pioneer of Latino broadcasting Maria Hinojosa says “it’s pretty surreal” to be delivering the University’s MLK Commemorative Address this week. She calls Martin Luther King Jr., her “first American hero, the first person who made me believe I had a voice in this country.”

Continue Reading

Looking at urban history as a fight for space, power

Looking at urban history as a fight for space, power

January 4, 2018

Chicago and Delhi. Rome and Rochester. The students in the 100-level course “The City: Contested Spaces” take a virtual tour of them all, while pondering an overarching question—can people’s lives be reshaped by redesigning urban spaces?

Continue Reading

New book explores ‘ethical turn’ of critical theory

New book explores ‘ethical turn’ of critical theory

December 20, 2017

Professor Robert Doran focuses on iconic 20th-century philosophers like Michel Foucault, Hayden White, Gayatri Spivak, and Richard Rorty, and explores critical theory’s pivot away from a narrowly focused investigation of meaning and text.

Continue Reading

The mysterious aftermath of an infamous pirate raid

The mysterious aftermath of an infamous pirate raid

December 13, 2017

Just before dawn on May 18, 1683, pirates stormed the port city of Veracruz, capturing around 1,500 people and selling them to the slave markets of Haiti and South Carolina. Pablo Sierra Silva, assistant professor of history, is on a mission to trace what happened to them.

Continue Reading

Finding roots of globalization in Ottoman Empire’s railway

Finding roots of globalization in Ottoman Empire’s railway

December 13, 2017

In his new book, assistant professor of art history Peter Christensen focuses on infrastructure–railway stations specifically–and their place in architectural history not just as technology, but also as art.

Continue Reading

Posters present a visual history of AIDS epidemic

Posters present a visual history of AIDS epidemic

November 30, 2017

For decades, Edward Atwater ’50, a professor emeritus of medicine at the Medical Center, has collected medical history artifacts. In 2007, he began turning his collection of more than 8,000 AIDS education posters over to the University and it is now the world’s largest single collection of visual resources related to AIDS and HIV.

Continue Reading

One hundred years of solitude? Try 15 minutes instead

One hundred years of solitude? Try 15 minutes instead

November 21, 2017

In a series of experiments, Rochester psychologists found that people who sat alone without devices for 15 minutes and chose what to think about experienced the positive effects of solitude: feeling calmer and less anxious, without feeling lonely or sad.

Continue Reading

All in at East

All in at East

November 16, 2017

In 2014, a Rochester high school was on the brink of closure. Since then, a partnership with the University has helped East High School to forge a new culture and commitment to revival.

Continue Reading

East High: Amid change, challenges persist

East High: Amid change, challenges persist

November 15, 2017

In this episode of the Quadcast, host Sandra Knispel speaks with members of the East High community to find out how far the school, the students, and the University partnership have come in the last two years.

Continue Reading

History under a microscope

History under a microscope

November 13, 2017

The Future(s) of Microhistory symposium brings prominent historians to Rochester to discuss one of the most influential methodologies in their field in the last few decades.

Continue Reading