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New book explores awkward moments in film and media

New book explores awkward moments in film and media

May 7, 2014

Films like This is Spinal Tap have built large followings around their use of awkward and cringeworthy comedy. But according to Jason Middleton, assistant professor of English and director of the film and media studies program, the use of staged “awkwardness” extends far beyond the domain of contemporary popular culture and into the earliest days of filmmaking.

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Symposium explores trouble with ‘Post-Blackness’

Symposium explores trouble with ‘Post-Blackness’

April 8, 2014

The Humanities Project presents a symposium in which 16 distinguished scholars will discuss what it means to be black in the 21st century.

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Video gamers’ aggression linked to frustration, not violent content

Video gamers’ aggression linked to frustration, not violent content

April 7, 2014

The disturbing imagery of videos games are often accused of fostering feelings of aggression in players. But a new study shows hostile behavior is linked to gamers’ experiences of failure and frustration during play—not to a game’s violent content.

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Policy experts debate the future of finance

Policy experts debate the future of finance

April 1, 2014

The Politics and Markets Project, a new initiative aimed at fostering discussion among college students about key issues of the day, presents “Wall Street and Your World.”

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Poli-sci fellowship endowed

Poli-sci fellowship endowed

March 24, 2014

Douglas and Constance Beck have committed more than $1 million to establish a fellowship for doctoral students in political science and related fields.

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Seeking eudaimonia: Philosophers, social scientists turn to Aristotle’s ‘human flourishing’

Seeking eudaimonia: Philosophers, social scientists turn to Aristotle’s ‘human flourishing’

March 24, 2014

How do we develop good character? Philosophers and social scientists are teaming up—and turning to Aristotle for guidance.

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Becket Fund president to discuss religious freedom

Becket Fund president to discuss religious freedom

March 21, 2014

William Mumma will explore issues brought to light by the United States Supreme Court case involving a congregation of religious sisters who oppose certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act

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Canonization of Pope John Paul II celebrated

Canonization of Pope John Paul II celebrated

March 19, 2014

The canonization of John Paul II on April 27, 2014, will be celebrated through a blend of music and readings of John Paul’s poetry and writings.

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3-day series looks at reporting in the ‘post-feminist’ age

3-day series looks at reporting in the ‘post-feminist’ age

March 14, 2014

A three-day film and lecture series looks at the work of female journalists, authors, and filmmakers working to bring attention to stories about motherhood in America, sex and sexuality, reproductive rights, and racial inequality.

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