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An immortal hand: Romantic-era poet William Blake has left fingerprints all over pop culture

An immortal hand: Romantic-era poet William Blake has left fingerprints all over pop culture

April 13, 2017

The works of Romantic era poet and artist William Blake pervade modern writing, music, film and TV. The William Blake Archive, newly redesigned, has digitized nearly 7,000 images from Blake’s creations, making them more accessible than ever to scholars and fans.

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The future of the past

The future of the past

April 12, 2017

Trained as a scholar of medieval literature, Gregory Heyworth has become a “textual scientist.” He recovers the words and images of cultural heritage objects that have been lost, through damage and erasure, to time. To rescue them, he and collaborators on the aptly named Lazarus Project use a transportable multispectral imaging lab—the only one in the world—to make the undecipherable, and even the invisible, legible again.

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Rainbow Lecture to explore harassment in online gameworlds

Rainbow Lecture to explore harassment in online gameworlds

April 11, 2017

In his lecture “Locker Room Talk: Pussies, Guns, and Video Gaymers,” William Cheng, assistant professor of music at Dartmouth College, will explore some of the challenges of conducting field research in online arenas such as multiplayer games and Internet threads.

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Gandhi Institute aims to heal hate with new youth program

Gandhi Institute aims to heal hate with new youth program

April 10, 2017

This initiative will provide grants of up to $1,000 for 12 local youth teams. “This project is intended to address the root causes of hate and incivility,” says Kit Miller, director of the institute.

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Feeling blue? Grab your friends and have fun, say researchers

Feeling blue? Grab your friends and have fun, say researchers

April 7, 2017

For those suffering from dysphoria­—general unhappiness or elevated depressive symptoms—a Rochester study has found that experiencing or even just anticipating uplifting events in daily life was related to feeling less depressed that same day.

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Why did America enter World War I? Because Germany embarked on a deadly gamble.

Why did America enter World War I? Because Germany embarked on a deadly gamble.

April 5, 2017

One hundred years ago, on April 6, 1917, Congress voted to declare war on Germany, joining the bloody battle—then optimistically called the “Great War.” Rochester political scientist Hein Goemans explains why Germany was willing to risk American entry into the war.

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Kids in stressful environments may adapt cognitive skills

Kids in stressful environments may adapt cognitive skills

April 4, 2017

A new study shows that early experiences of environmental harshness, in combination with personal temperament, can shape the child’s problem-solving abilities later in life.

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Seeing America, one ballpark at a time

Seeing America, one ballpark at a time

March 31, 2017

For more than two decades, Warner School professor Dan Linnenberg has toured the country, watching minor-league baseball games in 173 ballparks. They’ve seen LumberKings, JetHawks, Muckdogs, Sand Gnats, and Lugnuts. And they’ve witnessed the good, the bad, and the ugly in America.

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Library acquires unknown Susan B. Anthony letters found in old barn

Library acquires unknown Susan B. Anthony letters found in old barn

March 29, 2017

Forgotten for over a century, a recently discovered trove of more than a hundred letters fills in the political details of how the suffrage movement was run and the women activists who ran it.

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Walt Whitman ‘more important now than ever’

Walt Whitman ‘more important now than ever’

March 23, 2017

On the 125th anniversary of the poet’s death, Ed Folsom ’76 (PhD) looks back on the legacy of Whitman’s work, many examples of which have a home in the Rochester’s Rare Books and Special Collections.

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